The Slippery Rock University men’s basketball team held Mercyhurst to just 28.4 percent (19-of-67) from the floor in defeating the Lakers, 61-58, in a PSAC-West first-round playoff game at Morrow Field House Monday night.
A 21-5 run midway through the second half gave SRU a lead it would not surrender.
Sophomore forward Micah Till had a standout night, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Junior guard Bruce Spruell added 12 points in the victory.
Lorenzo Collier scored 13 points in leading Mercyhurst (13-14).
The Rock (21-8) will travel to Gannon for a quarterfinal clash that will tip at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
A 24-12 deficit in the third quarter doomed SRU in an 81-70 first-round loss to host California (Pa.).
The Vulcans (24-5) led 36-32 at halftime before they entered the fourth period with a 16-point lead.
Brooke Hinderliter scored 20 points and had three steals and Morgan Henderson had 16 points to lead The Rock (12-16).
Madison Johnson scored 11 points and Karns City graduate LeeAnn Gibson 10 points in defeat.
Shatara Parsons paced the Vulcans with 21 points.
Cal was 20-of-32 from the free throw line while SRU was 10-of-11.
SRU (7-2) completed a four-game sweep of Virginia State Sunday, winning a doubleheader 9-1 and 3-2.
Paige Flore was the winning pitcher in Game 1. Becca Roesch and Kailey Myers had two hits each.Andria Copelli tossed a complete-game to win Game 2. Myers and Adeline Nicholson had RBI in the contest.
Myers has 12 RBI to start the season. The Rock travels to Clermont, Fla., for the NTC Tournament at 9:00 a.m. March 10.