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Second-Half Surge Sends Men's Basketball Past Messiah, 71-57

302sports 222 Jan 13

                                              (Money L, Walsh R, Arcadia)

Da'Kquan Davis and Steve Pendleton combined for 43 points Saturday afternoon to lead the Arcadia University men's basketball team to its second-straight victory, a 71-57 triumph over visiting Messiah, as the Knights shot 52 percent (13-25) from the field in the second half to pull away late in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth matchup. Davis fell one rebound shy of his fourth double-double of the season - while logging his fifth-consecutive game with 24 or more points - and Pendleton turned in his tenth game scoring in double figures.

Justin Money (St Elizabeth) also finished the afternoon in double-figure scoring with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while Davis and Will Derr tied for the game-high in rebounds with nine each.

-The Knights staked themselves to a ten-point lead in the game's first ten minutes behind threes from Davis, Pendleton and Jacob Walsh (Sanford), but a 9-0 Messiah run cut the hosts lead to one at the 5:32 mark of the opening half. Arcadia went on to finish the half on an 11-4 run to take an eight-point lead into the break, 30-22.

-Following a Money three just over four minutes into the second half to put the Knights up ten, Messiah stormed right back with a 20-5 run to tie the game and then take its first lead of the afternoon with 10:13 remaining in regulation. Arcadia wasted no time regaining its advantage, ripping off a 17-2 run that spanned nearly five minutes as Money capped off the stretch with yet another three, putting the Knights up ten with under four minutes left.

-Arcadia put the game away in the moments that followed, as Davis buried a three from the center logo before Walsh provided the exclamation point with a two-handed slam on the following possession, leading the Knights to the 14-point victory.

-Points: Davis 27, Pendleton 16, Money 11
-Assists: Pendleton 4
-Rebounds: Davis/Derr 9
-Blocks: Watkins 3, Derr 2
-Steals: Davis/Pendelton 2

-After shooting just over 30 percent from the field in the first half, the Knights came out and shot an even 52 percent (13-25) in the second half, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.
-The Knights held the Falcons to just 31 percent (9-29) shooting in the first half, and 37.9 percent (22-58) shooting for the game.
-Arcadia turned 13 Messiah turnovers into 17 points.
-The Knights won the battle on the boards, 44-33.

Arcadia (8-6, 3-2 MAC Commonwealth) aims to run its win streak to three Wednesday night at Alvernia.