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Penn College hoop teams making good strides


Both the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams continue to show good signs of growth this season with wins over the past week.

Men’s basketball
Hosting Penn State Berks Tuesday in North Eastern Athletic Conference action, the Wildcats used a 48-22 first-half advantage en route to a 90-70 victory as they posted back-to-back wins and secured their first four-win season since the 2016-17 campaign. Leading Penn College on offense were Ben Sosa, of Loyalsock Township, with 21 points; Elijah Vazquez, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, with 18 points; and Carson Garvis, of Taneytown, Maryland, with 16 points. The Wildcats outscored Berks in the paint 50-24 and held a commanding 45-26 rebounding advantage. Jesse White, of Harrisburg, topped Penn College with 10 caroms.

Saturday, hosting Gallaudet University, Penn College made it three wins in a row – for the first time since the 2016-17 season when it ended 9-16 – with a 74-60 victory that improved its record to 5-11 overall and 3-4 in the NEAC, moving into a tie for second in the conference’s South Division standings. Vazquez led the Wildcats with 19 points while Damon Kreider, of Landisville, added 17 points and Garvis 11 points and 12 rebounds. Sosa finished with 10 rebounds and his nine points moved him into fifth on the Penn College men’s all-time scoring list with 1,076 points.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): At Lancaster Bible College (7-9 overall, 5-2 NEAC), 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; at Penn State Harrisburg (10-6 overall, 6-1 NEAC), 1 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Lancaster Bible College: Lost 79-68 on Jan. 30. (0-9 lifetime).
Last meeting vs. Penn State Harrisburg: Lost 100-52 Jan. 15. (0-2 lifetime).

NEAC South Division standings (through Sunday): Penn State Harrisburg 4-0, Penn College 3-1, Lancaster Bible College 3-1, Gallaudet University 1-3, Penn State Berks 1-3, Penn State Abington 0-4.

NEAC North Division standings (through Sunday): SUNY Cobleskill 3-1, SUNY Poly 3-1, Cazenovia College 3-1, Morrisville State College 2-2, Keuka College 1-3, Wells College 0-4.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC: Ryan Lockman, of White Salmon, Washington, is No. 1, hitting 62% of his field goal attempts. Sosa is 10th, averaging 15.1 points per game, and seventh, with 7.5 rebounds per game. Garvis is sixth, with 7.6 rebounds per game, and 20th in 3-point shooting percentage at 36.5. Vazquez is 14th, averaging three assists per game, and 16th in 3-point shooting percentage at 37.7.

Women’s basketball
Tuesday at home with NEAC foe Penn State Berks, Penn College struggled on offense, shooting just 13 of 51 from the floor and 1 of 18 from the 3-point line, in a 57-37 loss. Cassie Kuhns, of Loyalsock Township, led the Wildcats with 13 points while Tori Wolfe, of Dalmatia, had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Ja’Quela Dyer, of Dover, Delaware, also had 15 rebounds for Penn College.

Hosting Gallaudet University on Saturday, the Wildcats lost, 76-65, to fall to 1-6 in the conference. Dyer topped Penn College with 16 points and 19 rebounds while Madison Klock, of Elysburg, and Lydia Albert, of Trout Run, each added 11 points.

In a nonconference home makeup game Sunday, Penn College stopped Wilson College, 70-55, and improved to 4-11 overall — the first time it has reached the four-win mark since the 2014-15 season when it finished 13-12. Pacing the Wildcats were Klock with 18 points, Kuhns with 17 points and 12 rebounds, Albert with 11 points and Dyer with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Penn College led in rebounds, 50-30, and picked up 16 points at the foul line on 16 of 20 shooting with Kuhns hitting 11 of 14 herself.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): At Lancaster Bible College (5-11 overall, 2-4 NEAC), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; at Penn State Harrisburg (7-9 overall, 5-2 NEAC), 3 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Lancaster Bible College: Lost 55-49 on Jan. 30. (0-9 lifetime).
Last meeting vs. Penn State Harrisburg: Lost 73-69 Jan. 15. (0-1 lifetime).

NEAC South Division standings (through Sunday): Penn State Harrisburg 3-1, Penn State Abington 3-1, Penn State Berks 3-1, Lancaster Bible College 2-2, Gallaudet University 1-3, Penn College 0-4.

NEAC North Division standings (through Sunday): SUNY Poly 4-0, Morrisville State College 3-1, Keuka College 2-2, SUNY Cobleskill 2-2, Cazenovia College 1-3, Wells College 0-4.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC: Dyer is No. 1, averaging 9.3 rebounds per game and No. 3, with 1.3 blocks per game. Kuhns is No. 5, averaging 8.1 rebounds per game; No. 7, hitting 44.2 % of her field goal shots; and No. 16, averaging 12.3 points per game. Klock is tied for fourth, averaging 3.9 assists per game, and tied for 7th, averaging 2.1 steals per game. Albert is tied for 17th, hitting 28.8 % of her 3-point shots.

Wrestling
Friday at Alvernia University, Penn College fell, 30-15, to drop to 5-14 on the season. Winning individual bouts for the Wildcats were Lukas O’Connor, of Wyalusing, at 141 pounds by fall; Trevor Crowley, of Hollywood, New Jersey, at 157 by decision; Dylan Gettys, of Etters, at 165 by decision; and Jared Mooney, of Palmerton, at 184 by decision.

SCHEDULE/RECORDS/RESULTS
Men’s basketball
Overall: 5-11
NEAC: 3-4
Tuesday, Jan. 21 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), W, 90-70
Saturday, Jan. 25 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), W, 74-60
Wednesday, Jan. 29 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1 – at Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 5 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 – host SUNY Poly (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 – at Wells College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
End of regular season

Women’s basketball
Overall 4-11
NEAC: 1-6
Tuesday, Jan. 21 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), L, 57-37
Saturday, Jan. 25 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), L, 76-65
Sunday, Jan. 26 – host Wilson College, W, 70-55
Wednesday, Jan. 29 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1 – at Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 5 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 – host SUNY Poly (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 – at Wells College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
End of regular season

Wrestling
Overall: 5-14
Friday, Jan. 24 – at Alvernia University, L, 30-15
Friday, Jan. 31 – host Wilkes University, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1 – host Alvernia University, Washington and Jefferson College, Lackawanna College and SUNY Oswego, 11 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 9 – at RIT Duals, 9 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 14 – host Brockport, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23 – Northeast/Mideast Futures Tournament at Muhlenberg College, 9 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 29-March 1 – NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships at Ithaca N.Y. College, 11 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday (Penn College moves from the Southeast to the Mideast region this year)
Friday-Saturday, March 13-14 – NCAA Division III Championships at Cedar Rapids, Iowa

For more about NEAC, visit the conference website.

For more information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

No. 24

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