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Two Penn College basketball players reach milestones

Milestone marks were reached last week by two Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball players.

Men’s basketball
Wednesday in North Eastern Athletic Conference action at Lancaster Bible College, the Wildcats lost, 85-63, allowing 50 second-half points while scoring just 28. Ben Sosa, of Loyalsock Township, and Elijah Vazquez, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, each scored 16 points for Penn College. Lancaster Bible led in points off turnovers 29-9 and second-chance points 16-2.

Vazquez’s effort pushed him to a career total of 1,200 points as he scored 370 points in 29 games as a freshman in 2015-16 and 343 points in 28 games as a sophomore in 2016-17 while at the Community College of Rhode Island, according to National Junior College Athletic Association records. According to the college’s Athletics website, he has 487 points (259 last season and 228 this season through Wednesday) since transferring and joining the Wildcats in 2018-19.

At Penn State Harrisburg on Saturday, the Wildcats fell, 99-81, to drop to 5-13 overall and 3-6 in the conference. Vazquez led Penn College with 25 points and Sosa added 20 points.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): Host Penn State Abington (7-11 overall, 2-7 NEAC), 5 p.m. Wednesday; at Penn State Berks (2-15 overall, 2-7 NEAC), 1 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Abington: Won 92-78 on Jan. 18, snapping eight-game losing streak to Abington. (1-8 lifetime).

Last meeting vs. Penn State Berks: Won 90-70 on Jan. 21. (5-6 lifetime).

NEAC South Division standings (through Sunday): Penn State Harrisburg 6-0, Lancaster Bible College 5-1, Penn College 3-3, Gallaudet University 2-4, Penn State Berks 2-4, Penn State Abington 0-6.

NEAC North Division standings (through Sunday): SUNY Poly 5-1, Morrisville State College 4-2, SUNY Cobleskill 4-2, Cazenovia College 4-2, Keuka College 1-5, Wells College 0-6.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC: Ryan Lockman, of White Salmon, Washington, is No. 1, hitting 62.2% of his field goal attempts. Carson Garvis, of Taneytown, Maryland, is eighth with 7.2 rebounds per game. Vazquez is eighth in 3-point shooting percentage at 39.8 and 15th, averaging 2.8 assists per game. Sosa is ninth, averaging 15.4 points per game, and ninth, with 6.9 rebounds per game.

Women’s basketball
In conference play Wednesday at Lancaster Bible College, Penn College fell, 75-69, after letting a 17-point halftime lead slip away. Lydia Albert, of Trout Run, led the Wildcats with 24 points, hitting six of eight 3-point shots, while Ja’Quela Dyer, of Dover, Delaware, added 10 points and hauled in a team-best 13 rebounds. Lancaster Bible led in points off turnovers 24-10.

Saturday at Penn State Harrisburg, the Wildcats lost, 74-63, to drop to 4-13 overall and 1-8 in the NEAC. Penn College held the upper hand after one quarter, 13-12, but Harrisburg responded with a 21-4 second quarter to take control. For the second game in a row, Albert led the Wildcats in scoring with a 32-point performance. Dyer added 12 points.

“Lydia Albert was a sound basketball player this week, and showed her strengths as an astounding freshman player,” Penn College coach Britni Mohney said after Albert became the first Penn College woman to score in the 30s in a single game since the 2016-17 season when Alicia Ross had 36.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): Host Penn State Abington (7-10 overall, 5-4 NEAC), 7 p.m. Wednesday; at Penn State Berks (9-8 overall, 5-4 NEAC), 3 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Abington: Lost 68-53 on Jan. 18. (1-8 lifetime).

Last meeting vs. Penn State Berks: Lost 57-37 on Jan. 21. (3-7 lifetime).

NEAC South Division standings (through Sunday): Penn State Harrisburg 5-1, Penn State Berks 4-2, Lancaster Bible College 4-2, Penn State Abington 3-3, Gallaudet University 2-4, Penn College 1-8.

NEAC North Division standings (through Sunday): SUNY Poly 6-0, Morrisville State College 5-1, Keuka College 3-3, SUNY Cobleskill 2-4, Cazenovia College 2-4, Wells College 0-6.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC: Dyer is No. 1, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game; No. 3, with 1.4 blocks per game; and No. 11, hitting 42.3% of her field goal shots. Kuhns is No. 4, averaging 8.2 rebounds per game; No. 10, hitting 42.9 % of her field goal shots; and No. 19, averaging 12 points per game. Klock is fourth, averaging four assists per game, and eighth, averaging two steals per game. Albert is seventh, hitting 35.7 % of her 3-point shots.

Wrestling
Hosting Wilkes University on Friday, Penn College lost, 30-11. On the winning end for the Wildcats were Jesse Walker, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, at 157 pounds; Dylan Gettys, of Etters, at 165; and Jared Mooney, of Palmerton, at 184, the latter on a technical fall.

Saturday in a home quadrangular, the Wildcats topped Lackawanna College, 27-24, and lost to SUNY Oswego, 38-7, and Washington and Jefferson College, 37-11, to drop to 6-17 overall. For Penn College, Mooney finished 3-0 on the day at 184 while Jason Penton, of Littlestown, Maryland, at 165 and Ryan Bauer, of Denton, Maryland, at 133 both finished 2-1 and Matthew Carpenter, of Tioga, went 1-1 at 141.

SCHEDULE/RECORDS/RESULTS
Men’s basketball
Overall: 5-13
NEAC: 3-6
Wednesday, Jan. 29 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 85-63
Saturday, Feb. 1 – at Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC), L, 99-81
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 4-13
NEAC: 1-8
Wednesday, Jan. 29 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), L, 75-69
Saturday, Feb. 1 – at Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC), L, 74-63
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: 6-17
Friday, Jan. 31 – host Wilkes University, L, 30-11
Saturday, Feb. 1 – host Washington and Jefferson College, L, 37-11; host Lackawanna College, W, 27-24; host SUNY Oswego, L, 38-7
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.

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