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Penn College Basketball Teams Set for ‘Home Cooking’

After a week during which the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s teams went a combined 2-3 in road games, they are about to enter a stretch that will see six consecutive home games at Bardo Gymnasium, all in North Eastern Athletic Conference play.

Men’s Basketball
On Wednesday at Alvernia University, Penn College dropped a 73-60 decision. Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Erik Eichinger, of Villanova, who had 13 points.

Trailing by 20 points early in the second half at Gallaudet University in NEAC action on Saturday, the Wildcats roared back to knot the contest at 70 with 1:19 to go before falling, 78-71. Eichinger and Ben Sosa, of Loyalsock Township, each finished with 19 points for Penn College.

In NEAC play on Sunday at Wilson College, Penn College rallied from a 40-37 halftime deficit to lead by as many as nine points in the second half before two foul shots by Eichinger with 11 seconds remaining snapped a 74-all tie and lifted the Wildcats to a 76-75 win. Penn College now is 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the conference. Sosa finished the game with 20 points and Thomas Ross, of Williamsport, added 19.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: at Lancaster Bible College (3-7 overall through Sunday, 3-2 NEAC through Sunday), 7 p.m. Tuesday; host Penn State Berks (2-7, 2-3), 7 p.m. Thursday; host Wilson College (2-7, 2-3), 3 p.m. Saturday; host Gallaudet University (8-3, 6-0), 2 p.m. Sunday.

Last meeting vs. Lancaster Bible College: Nov. 30, lost, 114-86. Jesse White, of Harrisburg, scored 10 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Berks: Last Jan. 27, lost 99-80. Ross scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Last meeting vs. Wilson College: On Sunday, Penn College won, 76-75.

Last meeting vs. Gallaudet University: On Saturday, Penn College lost, 78-71.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Marquis Delgado, of Mansfield, was fourth in the NEAC with 4.0 assists per game; Sosa was 10th in blocks with 1 per game and tied for 11th with 1.7 steal per game; Ben Hoffman, of St. Marys, was seventh in 3-point shooting percentage at 41.2 and Eichinger is tied for 10th in 3-point shooting percentage at 40.0.

NEAC South Division standings through Sunday: Gallaudet University 6-0, Penn State Abington 3-1, Lancaster Bible College 3-2, Bryn Athyn College 2-3, Penn State Berks 2-3, Wilson College 2-3, St. Elizabeth College 1-3, Penn College 1-4.

Women’s Basketball
On Saturday, Gallaudet University doubled up on the Wildcats, 72-36. Gwendolyn Lavelle, of Pocono Summit, and Jane Herman, of Greencastle, each scored nine points for Penn College. Gallaudet scored 48 points in the paint and had 33 points off turnovers.

Right back on the court on Sunday at Wilson College, Alicia Ross, of Williamsport, scored 36 points and hauled in 12 rebounds as Penn College snapped a two-season 22-game loss streak with a 67-62 victory. The team’s last win came last Jan. 10 against Wilson, 93-69, which was followed by 14 losses to close out last season and eight more to begin this season. The Wildcats now are 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the NEAC.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: at Lancaster Bible College (6-4 overall through Sunday, 5-0 in the NEAC through Sunday), 5 p.m. Tuesday; host Penn State Berks (2-5, 2-3), 5 p.m. Thursday; host Wilson College (2-7, 0-5), 1 p.m. Saturday; host Gallaudet University (2-8, 2-4), noon Sunday.

Last meeting vs. Lancaster Bible College: Nov. 30, lost 75-66. Lavelle scored 20 points while Ross scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Berks: Last Jan. 27, lost 91-74. Ross scored 21 points.

Last meeting vs. Wilson College: On Sunday, Penn College won, 67-62.

Last meeting vs. Gallaudet University: On Saturday, Penn College lost, 72-36.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Ross was tied for seventh in the NEAC with 3 steals per game.

NEAC South Division standings through Sunday: Lancaster Bible College 5-0, Bryn Athyn College 4-1, St. Elizabeth College 4-1, Penn State Abington 2-2, Penn State Berks 2-3, Gallaudet University 2-4, Penn College 1-4, Wilson College 0-5.

SCHEDULES/RECORDS/RESULTS
Men’s Basketball
Overall record: 3-7
NEAC record: 1-4
Thursday, Jan. 5 – at Alvernia University, L, 73-60
Saturday, Jan. 7 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), L, 78-71
Sunday, Jan. 8 – at Wilson College (NEAC), W, 76-75
Tuesday, Jan. 10 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14 – host Wilson College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21 – host St. Elizabeth (NEAC), 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 – host Bryn Athyn (NEAC), 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
Overall record: 1-8
NEAC record: 1-4
Saturday, Jan. 7 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), L, 72-36
Sunday, Jan. 8 – at Wilson College (NEAC), W, 67-62
Tuesday, Jan. 10 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14 – host Wilson College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), noon
Wednesday, Jan. 18 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21 – host St. Elizabeth (NEAC), noon
Wednesday, Jan. 25 – host Bryn Athyn (NEAC), 5 p.m.

Wrestling
Overall record: 0-4
Saturday, Jan. 7 at Waynesburg University Tournament, canceled
Saturday, Jan. 14 – at Gettysburg Duals, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 – at Centenary College, N.J., 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 27 – at York College, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29 – host Scranton University, noon

For more, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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