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SHIP U. Men’s basketball stymied in second half at Millersville, 81-58

The Shippensburg University men’s basketball team hung tough against the Millersville Marauders for the first 30 minutes of a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) clash Wednesday, only to be the victims of an offensive explosion by the hosts in the final 10 minutes in an 81-58 loss at Pucillo Gymnasium.

The Raiders (7-15, 3-13 PSAC) kept it close in a low-scoring first half and scored the first five points after halftime to take a 32-31 lead with 19 minutes remaining. From that point, the Marauders (17-4, 12-3) outscored the visitors 50-26 the rest of the way to take home the victory.

Shippensburg was paced by junior Kyle Whippen’s (Washington D.C./Westfield (Kutztown)) seventh double-double of the season and fifth in his last six games, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

A pair of first-half and-1 lay-ups from redshirt-freshman Markus Frank (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) helped the Raiders stay within four points of Millersville at halftime, 31-27.

Frank finished with 13 points overall on 5-of-10 shooting (50%) Wednesday.

A basket from sophomore Donovan Hill (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin (Niagara)), followed by a three from graduate Andrew Recchia (Mars, Pa./Mars Area) gave the Raiders a quick second-half edge, but the Marauders answered with a 7-0 spurt of their own to take the lead for good, blowing the game wide open with a larger 17-2 burst later in the second half.

Millersville finished with five players in double figures, led by 17 points from forward Matt Dade. Guard Jacob Aryee went 3-for-3 from three for 12 points to go along with a game-high five steals. Nine of his points (two three-pointers and a tomahawk dunk) occurred after halftime.

Millersville outscored the Raiders 50-31 overall in the second half.

Hill and sophomore Timmy Conner (Frederick, Md./Linganore) scored nine apiece for Shippensburg.

Recchia finished with seven points and a team-best four assists.

The Raiders return home Saturday afternoon to take on the Golden Bears. Tip-off from Heiges Field House is slated for 3 p.m.

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