EDINBORO — Following Edinboro’s Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West showdown with Indiana (Pa.), Figthing Scots’ head coach Greg Walcavich had very few critiques.

In fact, the only one the veteran coach emphasized on a couple occassions was his players’ inability to get their shots to drop on Wednesday.

But while the Scots did struggle slightly on offense, shooting just 38.7 percent from the floor for the game, it didn’t much matter with the likes of Torry Mitchell and Chris Ravello lighting it up from behind the 3-point arc en route to a 69-62 win over their arch-rivals.

With the win, the Scots improved to 12-6 overall and 3-0 in the PSAC. They share the conference lead with Shippensburg (14-4, 3-0 PSAC), who beat Lock Haven, 83-60, on Wednesday.

“This was a big game for us,” Ravello said following the game. “We’re now 3-0, so it’s definitely another confidence booster.”

For the first 40 minutes of the contest, though, it was difficult to mark down a win for the Fighting Scots. During the first half, there were 11 lead changes and four ties with the Indians securing a 33-32 advantage at the break.

But that’s when Ravello and Co. came alive.

After seeing IUP increase its lead by as many as six points to start the half (38-32), Edinboro went on an 18-5 run to take a 50-43 lead with 10:53 left in the game.

“We started playing defense and were patient on offense,” Edinboro guard Curtis Ingram said. “When you start playing defense and get some rebounds, you can spread it out and you don’t have to rush everything, you can be a little more patient on offense.”

Mitchell gave the Scots their initial lead (43-41) of the second half with a long trey at 13:43. Edinboro had four 3-pointers during the stretch — two each by Mitchell and Ravello. The duo connected for three more treys in the half with Curtis Ingram also chipping in with a long-range jumper.

Edinboro’s final three came from Ravello at 4:35 that gave the Scots their biggest lead at 64-50.

“I thought we really excuted well on both ends of the floor, though we didn’t shoot real well,” Walcavich said. “In the first half I thought we executed way better than 32 points would indicate. We didn’t turn the ball over. We just could get a shot to stay down.

“Then in the second half, about halfway through, some of those threes started staying down.”

The Scots finished the game with a season-high 12 3-pointers on 12-of-31 shooting. They were 8-for-16 in the second half.

“That 3-point ball … when it’s falling, it’s falling,” Ravello said. “I just feel unconscious sometimes. I just keep shooting and it goes in and goes in.”

Not only was last night’s win big for Edinboro’s conference standing it also avenged a 76-73 overtime loss to IUP in the NCAA East Regional quarterfinals. Edinboro beat the Indians twice during the regular season last year and for the PSAC tournament title before bowing to the Indians in Misenheimer, N.C., ending its season.

“That’s all the team talked about,” said Ingram, who wasn’t with the Scots last season. “That’s in the back or your head when they’re the last team you lose to.”

Ravello finished the game with a game-high 22 points, which also matched his career high. He was 6-of-14 from the 3-point arc. Mitchell added three treys and finished with 14 points and five assists. Daren Tielsch recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

For IUP (10-6, 1-3), Lawrence Baker led the way with 20 points. Piotr Warawko had 12 points and Damar Ruffin added 10.

IUP entered the game ranked first in the PSAC and 11th nationally in scoring with an average of 87.4 points per game. Eddie Peterson, who was held to just seven points by the Scots, ranked first in the conference and fifth nationally with 24.3 points per game.

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