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Mighty Oaks Fall to Penn State Scranton in Home Opener

Junior Ryan Caldwell scores 32 points
11/21/2015

The Mighty Oaks fought hard and came close several times to taking the lead over Penn State Scranton but ended up losing 85-76 in their home opener Nov. 21.

ESF got off to a lethargic start, getting into an early 13-4 hole. Seven straight points by junior Ryan Caldwell got ESF back into it, 17-12, but PSU Scranton used its three-quarter-court press to stymie the Mighty Oaks and go up 27-12 midway through the first half. The Mighty Oaks put on itheir own full-court press, generating a few turnovers against the Lions to get within eight, 21-29. A slam dunk by Caldwell brought ESF within six, 23-29, with five minutes left in the half. The Lions went on their own mini-run to end the half, pulling head by 11 with the score 43-32.

In the second half, junior transfer Jared Bard scored seven straight to bring ESF within seven again, 45-38. Turnovers along with poor defense hurt ESF as PSU Scranton continued to pull ahead anytime ESF came close. Three straight steals and a pair of three pointers by junior Dan Treadwell kept ESF in the game late in the second half. A jump shot by Bard with three minutes remaining cut the lead to five, 71-66. ESF stopped PSU Scranton on the next possession. Treadwell hit two free throws to get within three, 71-68, with two minutes remaining but that would be as close as the Mighty Oaks would get as a couple untimely turnovers and missed shots on the ensuing possessions by ESF gave PSU Scranton the opportunity to pull ahead 79-68 with a 1:21 remaining. PSU Scranton would go on to win 85-76.

Caldwell scored a career high as well as a school record 32 points for ESF as the Mighty Oaks fell to 0-6 on the season. ESF hopes to get its first win of the season on the road against Penn State Wilkes- Barre Nov. 23.