Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Glover Lighting It Up with Iup Senior Guard Turns into Shooting Star

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Glover Lighting It Up with Iup Senior Guard Turns into Shooting Star

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Every now and then, Joe Lombardi gets to coach a "lightbulb."

It's the term IUP's head basketball coach uses for athletes who are a joy to coach and make him excited about his job. And it's one he uses to describe Anthony Glover, who, as a senior, has emerged as one of the best shooters in the PSAC.

At 19.5 points per game, Glover leads the Crimson Hawks in scoring. But it's his efficiency that stands out, as he's shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 45.6 percent from 3 and 88.9 percent at the free-throw line.

It puts him in the vaunted 180 club, which features basketball players who's field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage add up to 180 or more.

Glover's efficiency is a big reason IUP is 18-5, 14-2 in conference play. His shooting percentages have increased each year, even as his role has expanded. So Lombardi's given him the green light.

"That's his job, to score for us," Lombardi said. "I don't know if there's many players at any level who have been more efficient than he has at the offensive end. Over half of his shots are 3s, and he's shooting almost 46 percent, 48 percent from the field. Those are very very high numbers, and it's rarefied air in scoring efficiency."

It's been a successful season for Glover, even more so considering his position three years ago. After finishing his freshman season at Chicago State, Glover couldn't help but be concerned about his future with the program. Not because a talented backup was primed to take his minutes, or because of eligibility issues. He questioned if Chicago State would continue to have a program, period.

Chicago's public universities have operated without public funding since July 2015, as Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has yet to come to a budget agreement with the state's Democratic legislature.

The lack of state funding has hit Chicago State, and its athletic programs, hard. The men's basketball program has struggled with recruiting and went 8-24 in the 2014-15 season. The women's program has perhaps been hit harder, as it recently set a Division 1 record with 59 consecutive losses. …

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