LHU Men's Basketball to host playoff game Saturday at 5 p.m.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – When Lock Haven University men's basketball coach Mike Nestor took over the program three seasons ago, the Bald Eagles started at the bottom – now they're here, hosting a playoff game.
Lock Haven went 6-19 last season after a winless campaign in 2011-12.
Now, coach Nestor and his Bald Eagles' will play their first PSAC playoff game since 2003 and the first home-playoff game since 1989.
With last night's (Wed.) win over Cheyney, the Bald Eagles picked up their 17th win of the season, the most since the team won 26 games in 1990.
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#5 Millersville Marauders (12-13, 8-8 PSAC East) at #4 Lock Haven (17-9, 10-6 PSAC East)
Saturday, March 1 | 5 p.m. | Thomas Fieldhouse | Lock Haven, Pa.
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Current PSAC students with valid I.D. will be admitted FREE
Saturday's game with Millersville at 5 p.m. will be broadcast live and locally as well as streamed online at www.ESPNWilliamsport.com via Stream 6. Fans can listen to the game on ESPN 1600 AM Jersey Shore/Lock Haven and on Bear Country Radio – WQBR 99.9 FM.
Return to the playoffs:
Saturday's game marks Lock Haven's first PSAC playoff appearance since the 2002-03 season. The Bald Eagles lost to California 63-60 in a Quarterfinal contest.
Big game in "The House of Noise":
Saturday's game marks the first playoff game in Thomas Fieldhouse, appropriately nicknamed The House of Noise since 1989. Lock Haven beat Slippery Rock in a PSAC Quarterfinal contest, before falling to East Stroudsburg in the Semifinals.
The season series with Millersville:
Lock Haven swept the two-game season series with Millersville, winning 76-71 (1/22/14) and 85-77, just one week ago Saturday. Last Saturday's win at Millersville was the first for LHU since 1952. In the two games this season vs. the Marauders, Wali Hepburn averaged 21.5 points per game.
Junior guard Wali Hepburn finished the regular season with 21.9 points per game, good enough for the PSAC regular season scoring title. He dropped 18 vs. Cheyney Wednesday night and edged out both Joe Bell (Mansfield) and Deshawn Curtis (Cheyney), who each averaged 21.8 points per game.
The Bald Eagles finished the regular season 17-9 overall securing Lock Haven's first winning season in 21 years (1992-93) – LHU finished 14-12 that season.
Lock Haven's wins are the most since LHU won 26 games during the 1989-90 season.
Haven's "Big Three":
All season long, LHU has been led by its "Big Three" – junior Wali Hepburn, senior Kasheef Festus and rookie Bootsie Walker. Both Festus and Walker are averaging double-figure scoring. Festus is adding 13.7 points per game, while Walker is dropping 10.7. Festus leads LHU in rebounding with seven per game to go along with Hepburn's 21.9 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Walters' a warrior:
Senior Nate Walters is battled tested and has given the Bald Eagles some sensational minutes all season long. He's averaging 10.7 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. On senior night Wednesday, Walters had a huge game. He matched his season-high with 16 points. He was 7-for-8 from the field and 2-for-2 from three-point range.
Blount, the three-point threat:
Starting point guard Al Blount leads LHU with 35 three's on the year and seems to be really be finding his scoring touch.
Lock Haven's bench support has been key, particularly down the stretch. Theo West, Julian Bond, Brahieme Jackson, Dave Garcia and Elijah Cooper have all been clutch when called upon.
No. 3 East Stroudsburg waits the winner of Saturday's game between Lock Haven and Millersville on Tuesday, March 4 (7 p.m.). The Warriors earned the No. 1 seed from the PSAC Eastern Division. Lock Haven has beaten ESU twice in their last three meetings, including the Bald Eagles thrilling 82-80 win at home on February 6. ESU beat LHU in early December. East Stroudsburg beat Millersville in both meetings during in the regular season.