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Fantastic Fall Puts Wildcats Atop Director’s Cup Standings

Vol. 8, No. 15 (Through Sunday, Nov. 22)

Penn College Wildcat Tales During a week playing up against mostly NCAA Division III opponents, Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams went 1-6. The lone bright spot was a four-point win by the men over King’s College.

Flashback Men’s Basketball Hosting NCAA Division III King’s College, the Wildcats used a strong second half to knock off the Monarchs, 74-70. Leroy Joiner (Williamsport) and Greg Solyak (Lititz) drilled big 3-pointers in the late going and Joe Simon (Renovo) canned 4-of-5 foul shots during the last minute to ice the win. Joiner scored 20 points and added nine rebounds during the game, while Simon finished with 17 points and Solyak 16 points.

In weekend tournament action at Susquehanna University, Joiner scored 15 points and hauled in 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wildcats from falling 84-48 in their opener to host Susquehanna. Phil Kaylor (Lebanon) added 12 points to the effort. In Saturday’s consolation game against Wilkes University, Penn College fell, 98-57. In the loss, Noor Ford (Williamsport) scored a personal season-high 15 points for the Wildcats, while Joiner had 15 and Solyak 13.

Women’s BasketballFacing crosstown rival and NCAA Division III foe Lycoming College, the Wildcats committed 36 turnovers in a 91-56 loss. Penn College trailed 38-21 at the half, but a 24-2 Lycoming run to start the second half salted the game away. Kelsey Mack (Douglassville) scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds for the Wildcats, while Kierstin Steer (South Williamsport) added 16 points and Jessica Hohman (South Williamsport) 14 points.

In a 60-55 loss at Pitt-Titusville, Mack led the way with 16 points.

In weekend tournament action at Susquehanna University, Penn College trailed by only three points at the intermission, 32-29, but wound up losing, 76-57, to host Susquehanna on Saturday. Mack and Steer each finished with 15 points. In Sunday’s consolation game against Misericordia University, Jess Strasser (Hawley) scored 15 points in an 86-50 loss.

USCAA Director’s Cup UpdateAfter a great fall sports season, during which the Wildcats’ men’s cross-country team finished second in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association championships, the women’s soccer team tied for third, the men’s soccer team tied for fourth, the golf team finished fourth and the women’s cross-country team placed fifth, Penn College sits atop the Director’s Cup standings.

Penn College has 404.5 points, followed by Southern Virginia University with 319.5 points and New Hampshire Technical Institute with 300.5 points.

The Director’s Cup is awarded to the member institution that excels in a wide range of men’s and women’s sports for which the USCAA offers championships. The award recognizes the most successful athletic program that competes in the USCAA during a given year. Points for the Cup are awarded based on program offerings and championship event results. Last year, Southern Virginia claimed the cup with 610.5 points and Penn College finished second with 503 points.

On the Horizon Men’s BasketballOn Monday, the Wildcats host Wilkes University in a 7 p.m. game at Bardo Gymnasium.

Recent Results/Upcoming Games Men’s Basketball Overall record: 2-2Tuesday, Nov. 17 host King’s College, W, 74-70 Friday, Nov. 20 at Susquehanna University tournament vs. Susquehanna University, L, 84-48 Saturday, Nov. 21 at Susquehanna University tournament consolation vs. Wilkes University, L, 98-57 Monday, Nov. 23 host Wilkes University, 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Overall record: 1-5 Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Lycoming College, L, 91-56 Thursday, Nov. 19 at Pitt-Titusville, L, 60-55 Saturday, Nov. 21 at Susquehanna University tournament vs. Susquehanna University, L, 76-57 Sunday, Nov. 22 at Susquehanna University tournament, consolation vs. Misericordia University, L, 86-50

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