With a record of 8-8 so far and 4-2 in the PSAC (Pennylvania State Athletic Conference) and with a recent successful win during overtime against Robert Morris University (77-65) on Wednesday, the Mercyhurst men’s basketball team is feeling a burst of energy during the middle of their season.
Although they suffered a (43-64) loss against Slippery Rock this past Saturday, the Lakers are looking forward to redeeming themselves during a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division game against Clarion Wednesday night.
Leading the Lakers with most points this season is junior Jonathan Ouegnin, who is averaging 10.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game this season.
When asked how he believes the team is doing this year so far, Ouegnin replied, “We had some ups and downs so far, I think that we know that we come together and play well winning some though games against Gannon for example, we just have to do at every game.”
“My biggest goal is to help my team as much as possible to win games, doing what the coach tells me to do. As far as the team, our goal is to make it to the playoffs and win the PSAC championship,” Ouegnin said.
The Lakers also have one of the top defenses in that nation, allowing 61.7 points per game. They also are averaging more points than their opponents this season with a 63.1 average leaving the other teams with only 61.7.
“During practice we scout the other opponent’s plays, to know how to play them, we are basically getting ready learning their personnel strengths and weaknesses,” Ouegnin said.
Having a record of 6-2 with home games, the Lakers are looking forward to challenging Clarion University Wednesday, Jan. 22, with the home court advantage at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. The ball is set to drop at 7:30 p.m.