In a rollercoaster season, the men’s basketball team finished the year with heartbreakers.
In their first home MIAA playoff game in history, the Hornets suffered a 68-66 loss in the final seconds March 4 against Missouri Southern.
After controlling the floor throughout most of the game, ESU gave up the lead for the first time with just under eight minutes to go in the game.
After a turnover by Gavin Brown and a loose ball foul, Missouri Southern hit the two game-winning free throws to knock the Hornets out of post-season play.
Despite the first round loss, the men finished the season with four MIAA honors, the most since 2007. Paul Bunch made the all-defensive team as well as honorable mention ALL-MIAA. Kaleb Wright and Chris Sights also paved their way to the ALL-MIAA honorable mention team.
The Lady Hornets also had three players earn ALL-MIAA honors, after winning 11 of the last 13 games in the regular season to secure a bye in the opening round of the MIAA tournament.
Rachel Hanf landed second-team honors, Laura Patrick earned third-team honors and Merissa Quick received honorable-mention honors.