Hardy leads SU Raiders to win

Kiyon Hardy led Shippensburg’s men’s basketball team to an 86-72 victory Wednesday over Seaton Hill, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) mandated crossover at Heiges Field House.

How it happened

Shippensburg (8-3, 5-1 PSAC) established a lead in the second minute of the game and never trailed after that point. SU built a 13-point lead in the first half before Seton Hill (1-10, 1-5) clawed its way back within two points of the lead with a minute to go before the intermission.

SU went on a 16-3 run beginning at the 14:51 mark of the second half to take a 16-point lead, 60-44, with 10:43 remaining. The Raiders led by as many as 20 points down the stretch.  

Senior Kiyon Hardy (Philadelphia, Pa./The Shipley School (Kutztown)) led SU in scoring with a career-high 20 points, surpassing his previous career high of 19 set three games ago at Clarion. Hardy made three three-pointers, his most as a Raider, and a total that ties his career high. He also dished out six assists, grabbed three rebounds and two steals.

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In the box score

Redshirt-sophomore Rashon Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz (Highland C.C.)) scored 16 points and was strong at the stripe, knocking down 8-of-9 free-throw attempts. Johnson added three rebounds and one assist.

Junior Carlos Carter (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Carter had a career-high five assists, grabbed five rebounds and blocked one shot.

Graduate Jake Biss (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) had 11 points, including a 3-of-7 performance from three-point range. He added three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. He matched his career high with two blocks, both recorded in the same defensive sequence. 

Redshirt-junior Dom Sleva (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) had eight points, three assists, and a team-high seven rebounds. Junior Luke Nedrow (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic (Marist)) scored eight points and had two rebounds, two assists and one steal. Redshirt-freshman Geoffrey Helm (Blairsville, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) came off the bench to make both of his field-goal attempts, finishing with five points and a steal.

Shippensburg finished the night with 20 assists and just nine turnovers. The Raiders scored 20 points off Seton Hill turnovers. The win extended SU’s winning streak over Seton Hill to five straight games.

Seton Hill had four players post double figures and were led by an all-around performance from Sean Dillon, who scored a game-high 27 points. Dillon shot 8-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point range and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. He added four assists, two rebounds and three steals.

The Griffins, who shot 5-of-7 from three-point range in the first half, got a double-double from Michael Joiner 10 points, game-high 10 rebounds), 12 points from Samuel Tabe and 10 points from Jimmy Moon.

What’s next

Wednesday marked SU’s first game in 17 days following a holiday break and a cancelation on January 2 due to COVID-19 concerns for its scheduled opponent.

Shippensburg plays its next game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Millersville.

Photos by Brenna White/Shippensburg University


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