Basketball season is in full swing now.
After a strong opening weekend, the IUP men’s basketball team returned to action against Le Moyne University. The team still had question marks with how the players would gel together.
Malik Miller (senior, communications media) started the game by reaching 1,000 points for his career. He became the 34th player in program history to achieve this feat. Miller was also the 11th player to do so since Joe Lombardi became the head coach in 2006.
Apart from Miller’s achievement, he earned 15 points and seven rebounds as IUP cruised to an 82–72 win. The team starts the season 3–0 for a second straight year.
The first half did not go as planned once again as they entered the half down by six. IUP has gone into the break down two of the three games.
The second half is where they shined as they outscored the Dolphins by nine. The Crimson Hawks went on a 17-point run as they took a commanding lead.
The Dolphins would put two runs of their own together, but it was not enough to hold back IUP. With seven minutes left, the team took control of the lead and did not look back.
The game did go down to the wire as Le Moyne cut the lead to two with seconds remaining. Miller was able to make two clutch free throws to cement the win and give the Crimson Hawks a relaxing ride back from Syracuse, New York.
The leading scorer was Armoni Foster (redshirt sophomore, criminal justice). He had 28 points on the day, including 22 in the second half.
Apart from Foster was Tommy Demogerontas (senior, school of continuing education) who posted his second straight double-double. He finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Demogerontas through the first three games is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds.
IUP shot 67 percent as a team in the second half. Foster and Demogerontas shot 19 of 29 from the field in that time span.
The Crimson Hawks will return home this weekend and play a back to back. The games will be played Saturday and Sunday against Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg respectfully. They will both start at 3 p.m. and will be the first conference games of the season.
IUP Athletics also announced Saturday some changes to the Thanksgiving Classic. They will only play one of the three games that were originally scheduled, as it appears Bridgeport and Lake Erie College are now unable to participate.
As a result, they will then play against Felician University in a non-conference matchup Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.