Vulcans cruise past Edinboro
CALIFORNIA — Senior co-captains Travis Eisentrout and Boris Mesnager shared team-high scoring honors with 14 points each to lead California (16-7, 6-3) to a 78-63 victory over Edinboro (15-8, 6-2) Saturday.
Combined with Shippensburg’s 83-80 double-overtime victory over Indiana, the Vulcans move into sole possession of third place of the PSAC West, a half game behind the Fighting Scots. Undefeated Shippensburg (8-0) leads the way while IUP (5-4) drops to fourth place.
Eisentrout was 4-for-6 from three-point range and added five rebounds for the winners. Mesnager was 6-for-11 from the field, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and dished out four of Cal’s 26 assists.
Junior guard James Petty added 13 points, five rebounds and three assists while junior forward Osborne Gardner chipped in 12 scores and five boards.
Also contributing for the Vulcans were swingman London Houston with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot, as well as point guard John Owens with eight points, four caroms and seven assists.
Edinboro, which defeated the Vulcans by a point at home Jan. 21 (61-60), was led by Torry Mitchell and sophomore forward Justin Moore, each with 19 points. Junior guard Curtis Ingram added 11 scores for the Fighting Scots.
Edinboro held the lead for the first 10 minutes of the game before the Vulcan put together the first of two key runs that gave the hosts a 20-point halftime lead.
Trailing 18-14, Houston kicked off a 13-point streak with a lay-in off an offensive rebound. Houston followed with another bucket, this time assisted by Soph. guard Mike Smelkinson (Elkridge, Md./Long Reach), tying the game at 18. Edinboro never saw the lead again.
Gardner’s layup two minutes later game the hosts a 27-18 advantage. Mitchell stopped the bleeding temporarily with a pair of free throws with 5:39 left in the half. But Cal outscored the Fighting Scots 17-4 the rest of the half for a 44-24 lead at the break.
Cal’s lead peaked at 30 points (71-41) on a Petty bucket with 7:27 left in the game and didn’t dip under 20 until the final 46 seconds of the contest.
The Vulcans drained 33-of-63 field goal attempts (52.4 percent), including five long-range shots, and held a 47-34 advantage on the glass. Cal’s defense held the Fighting Scots to 37.1 percent from the field (26-for-70), including a 4-for-19 effort from three-point land (21.1 percent).
Cal completes its non-league schedule Wednesday with a game at Pitt-Johnstown (7:30 p.m.)