Berkeley College (NJ) men's basketball team wraps-up 2013-2014 season with 84-72 victory over Central Penn in consolation game of 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament
The Berkeley College (NJ) men’s basketball team finalized their season in winning fashion Friday morning, turning back Central Penn by a score of 84-72 at the Maltho Gymnasium in the consolation bracket of the 2014 USCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. With the win, Berkeley capped their 2013-2014 campaign with a 19-11 overall record.
A three-point basket by sophomore guard Dukens Germain gave the Knights their biggest lead of the first half – a 34-28 edge – with 4:24 remaining in the opening session. Central Penn would then finish the half strong, going on a 10-4 run to knot the game at 38 apiece as the teams headed into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, Berkeley College took control of the contest. The Knights built a 12 point lead – 61-49 – and never let Central Penn get any closer than seven points down.
Five players scored in double figures for Berkeley College, including freshman guard William Morton who played 26 minutes off of the bench and posted a team-high 18 points and a game-high seven steals. Sophomore guard Andrew Tomlin netted 13 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished three assists, and collected three steals. Additionally, freshman center Thaddeus Dalton dropped-in 13 points, snatched six caroms and blocked two shots, and Germain and sophomore guard Hassan Abdullah scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Central Penn was paced by Devon Dorsey who posted game-highs in points with 22 and rebounds with 14 in a losing cause. Maalik Rochester added 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals, and Rafeeg Bush netted 10 points and snatched four rebounds.
Berkeley’s defense was phenomenal all game, as the Knights forced 27 Central Penn turnovers while collecting 20 steals. Additionally, Berkeley held Central Penn to just 35.7 percent shooting (25-70), and the Knights’ bench outscored Central Penn’s 39-10.
Jubilation after Midnight: Berkeley College (NY) women's basketball team punches ticket to USCAA National Tournament semifinals with 77-75 overtime victory over Penn State Beaver in quarterfinals
For the second consecutive season, the Berkeley College (NY) women’s basketball team will be playing in the semifinals of the USCAA National Basketball Tournament, as earlier this morning, the No. 4 seeded Knights outlasted the No. 5 seeded Nittany Lions of Penn State Beaver in the quarterfinal round by a score of 77-75 in overtime at the Maltho Arena in Uniontown, PA. With the victory, the Knights now advance to play No. 1 seeded Central Penn tomorrow evening in the Main Arena at 9:00pm, with a chance to qualify for the National Championship Game. With the loss, Penn State Beaver will battle Warren Wilson in the consolation bracket tomorrow at 4:00pm.
In a game that lasted two hours and six minutes and concluded at 12:56am, the Knights took their fans on a roller coaster ride. At the half, Penn State Beaver led Berkeley by a score of 39-30, and the Nittany Lions ballooned their lead up to 14 – 52-38 – with 14:14 remaining in the contest. At that point, the Knights began storming back.
Senior guard Aiyesha Brown started Berkeley’s push by nailing a three-point basket. Following a turnover by Penn State Beaver’s Cassandra Flowers, junior guard Janay Thomas drilled a triple to bring the Knights to within eight points at 52-44. The Nittany Lions would then turn the ball over again, which led to Brown driving in for a layup to cut her team’s deficit to six points. With 12:39 remaining in the game, the Knights found themselves trailing 52-46.
Penn State Beaver then responded with a modest 5-3 run to push back ahead 57-49, but a 9-0 Berkeley College run – capped by a three-point basket by junior forward Milan Germany – put the Knights up one – 58-57. It was the first time the Knights held a lead since being up 23-22 with 7:12 remaining in the first half.
After a basket by Nittany Lions guard Natalie Gamble gave Penn State Beaver the lead again at 59-58, Berkeley scored the next eight points (a spurt that included a basket and two converted freebees by Thomas, a pair of made free throws by Brown, and a layup by Germany) to go back up 66-59 with 4:15 remaining in the game.
Penn State Beaver – despite relinquishing a 14 point lead earlier in the stanza and finding themselves in between a rock and a hard place – didn’t quit. A layup by flowers, a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Morgan Kurtz, and another two freebee conversions by Flowers pulled the Nittany Lions back to within a point – 66-65 – with just under two minutes remaining.
Later, with the Knights holding a 69-67 lead, Penn State Beaver sophomore guard Khalia Adams would convert on a layup to tie the game. With only five seconds remaining in regulation, Thomas took the inbounds pass and began to dribble before giving the ball up to Germany. Germany only got to half court before heaving a desperation shot that was off, sending the game into an extra session.
The Nittany Lions scored the first four points of the extra session – all at the line – as Penn State Beaver held a 73-69 lead. A layup by Thomas brought Berkeley to within two points with 1:28 to go, but the Nittany Lions responded with a converted layup by Adams. With 1:13 remaining, the Knights found themselves down four points.
On Berkeley’s next possession, Germany nailed a three pointer from the corner to pull her team to within a point at 75-74. On Penn State Beaver’s next possession, Thomas came up with a huge steal, snatching the ball away from Nittany Lions freshman guard Mason Depetro and driving all the way to the hoop before laying it in, giving Berkeley a 76-75 edge.
The Nittany Lions still had a chance to take the lead, but on their next possession, freshman guard Sydnee Abernathy would miss a layup. The ball was rebounded by Flowers, who would then turn the ball over. On Berkeley’s next possession, Germany would turn the ball over, as Abernathy would come up with the steal and feed Kurtz, who would have her layup blocked by the Knights’ Tiera Williams. Williams then grabbed the ball and was fouled.
Williams then went to the charity stripe, where she knocked down the first of her two attempts. The second attempt was off, and the rebound was grabbed by Flowers. Penn State Beaver would turn the ball over in the front court, though, and Aiyesha Brown would run out the clock to give Berkeley an exhilarating two point overtime victory in the quarterfinal round.
Thomas and Brown were tied for the game-high in points scored, as both standouts netted 25 points. Thomas also tallied four steals, grabbed three rebounds, and dished three assists, and Brown had a game-high six steals while pulling down three rebounds. Germany posted a double-double with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, and forward Patricia Patterson dropped-in nine points while snatching 10 boards.
In a losing effort for Penn State Beaver, the Nittany Lions got 22 points from Kurtz, who connected on 11 of her 15 attempts from the charity stripe. She also grabbed 10 rebounds as well. Flowers put together one of the more stellar performances in recent quarterfinal round history, as she posted a double-double with 20 points, and game-highs in rebounds with 23 and blocks with four. Adams struggled with her shot, nailing just four of 16 attempts from the floor, but she did finish with 11 points.
The Knights won the game despite missing 17 free throws (15-32, 46.9 percent), and getting out-rebounded by an astounding margin of 68-35. Berkeley College’s defense was fantastic, however, as the Knights forced 30 Penn State Beaver turnovers, and swatted nine shots compared to six for the Nittany Lions. Finally, Berkeley held an 18-9 edge in the steals department.
Keep it posted to Berkeley College’s athletics website - http://berkeleycollege.edu/athletics/ - for all of the latest 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament information.
Knights can't capitalize on fast start as Berkeley College (NJ) men's basketball team's National title push ends with 91-86 loss to Penn State York
The No. 7 seeded Berkeley College (NJ) men’s basketball team fought valiantly, but ultimately fell in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament, losing to the No. 2 seeded Nittany Lions of Penn State York by a score of 91-86 Thursday afternoon at the Main Arena in Uniontown, PA.
Things looked promising for the Knights in the first half, as Berkeley opened up a 16-point first half lead – 44-28 – with 3:47 remaining in the opening stanza. A 12-3 run by Penn State York cut the Knights’ lead to seven points at 47-40, but a layup by freshman center Vince Richmond at the buzzer gave the Knights a 49-40 edge as the teams entered the locker room at halftime.
The Nittany Lions completed their comeback and took the lead for good when freshman guard Lucas Jewell would hit a jumper to put Penn State York up 58-56 with 14:31 left. From there, the Nittany Lions would go up by as many as 10 points, and Penn State York led by as many as seven – 87-80 – with just under a minute remaining in the game. Berkeley – however – continued to battle. A layup by sophomore guard Dukens Germain was followed by a turnover by Jewell. The Knights inbounded the ball to junior forward Carl O’Neil who dropped in a layup to pull his team to within three points with 45 seconds left.
Five seconds later, Nittany Lions junior guard Tyler Martin would turn the ball over, and junior guard Josh Jamison would commit a foul, hacking O’Neil. That would send O’Neil to the line for a one-and-one opportunity, but he would misfire on the attempt. From there, Penn State York would connect on all eight of their free throw attempts, eventually hanging on to win the game by six points.
Despite the loss for the Knights, Germain led the way for Berkeley, scoring a team-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals. O’Neil added 17 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Hassan Abdullah scored 12 points off of the bench.
In the win for Penn State York, the Nittany Lions were led by Jewell, as he scored a game-high 22 points off of the bench. He also added seven assists and three rebounds as well. Martin finalized his afternoon with 21 points a game-high nine assists, and Jamison connected on nine of his 12 shots and finished with 19 points.
The Nittany Lions shot 75 percent from the floor in the second half (21-28), while connecting on 57.4 percent of their attempts for the game (35-61). On the flip side, Berkeley College hit on 34 of their 75 shots (45.3 percent). The teams each pulled down 39 rebounds apiece, and Penn State York dished 21 assists to the Knights’ 12.
With the loss, the Knights dropped to 18-11 on the season, and will finalize their 2013-2014 campaign tomorrow with a game against Central Penn College at 10:00am. Penn State York advances to the semifinal round of the tournament, where they will battle No. 6 seeded Andrews University at 3:00pm.
Fast start propells Berkeley College (NY) men's basketball team to 87-67 win over Penn State Fayette on day two of USCAA National Basketball Tournament
The Berkeley College (NY) men’s basketball team wrapped-up its season on a positive note, defeating the Roaring Lions of Penn State Fayette by a score of 87-67 in the consolation bracket of the play-in round of the 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament at the Maltho Arena in Uniontown, PA.
The Knights were hitting on all cylinders from the start. Sophomore guard Keenan Langston began the scoring with a pair of free throws before following that up with a three-point basket as Berkeley grabbed a 5-0 lead in the opening 2:23. Following a pair of converted freebees by Roaring Lions junior forward Matt McKenna, the Knights put together a 16-1 run (a spurt that included nine points by senior guard Jovan Bovell) to take a 21-3 advantage with just over 14 minutes remaining the session.
Berkeley grabbed its biggest lead of the first half when senior guard Mario Guzman connected on a jumper to give the Knights a 39-13 edge with 4:38 left in the opening stanza. The Roaring Lions were able to close the half on a 15-5 run, but the Knights were still in the driver’s seat, holding a 44-28 lead as the teams entered the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, Penn State Fayette closed the gap to 13 points – 50-37 – with 14:36 remaining in the game. The Knights kept the Roaring Lions at bay, though. Freshman center Ahmed Dickerson would slam the ball home to stop the bleeding, and following a converted free throw by Penn State Fayette’s Darius Mack, back-to-back baskets by senior guard Richard Rampersad and Bovell put the Knights ahead by 18 – 56-38 – with 12:46 left on the clock.
From there, the Knights never let Penn State Fayette get any closer than 12 points down. Berkeley ultimately built its lead back up to as many as 21 points before eventually going on to win the game by 20 points.
In the victory for the Knights, Berkeley was paced by Bovell, who connected on nine of his 15 attempts from the floor en route to finishing with a team-high 24 points. Additionally, the senior grabbed four rebounds and dished four assists as well. Dickerson nailed eight of his 10 shots and finalized his afternoon with 19 points, a game-high nine rebounds, and three assists, and senior guard Alexander Loniakan drilled four three-pointers and contributed 12 points.
Despite the loss for Penn State Fayette, the Roaring Lions got a tremendous effort from McKenna, as he netted a game-high 26 points while grabbing seven rebounds and tallying two steals. Sophomore guard Luke Williams added 14 points, and junior forward Jacob Bronder and freshman guard Dominick Jackson each contributed 11 points.
Berkeley was absolutely stellar shooting the basketball, as the Knights connected on 62.5 percent of their shots from the floor for the afternoon (33-53) compared to 45.3 percent for Penn State Fayette (24-53). The Knights hit 13 of their 18 attempts from the charity stripe (13-18), while the Roaring Lions misfired on 12 freebees (17-29, 58.6 percent). Berkeley held a 33-27 edge in the rebounding department, and also dished 19 assists to Penn State Fayette’s 14. Finally, Berkeley scored 26 points off of 19 Penn State Fayette turnovers.
With the win, the Knights finalized their season with a record of 15-10, while Penn State Fayette’s campaign closed at 13-16.
Berkeley College (NJ) men's basketball team outlasts Penn State Fayette 91-88 in overtime in play-in round of 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament
The No. 7 seeded Berkeley College (NJ) men’s basketball team picked up a thrilling victory on Wednesday evening, defeating the No. 10 seeded Roaring Lions of Penn State Fayette by a score of 91-88 in overtime in the play-in game of the 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament at the Main Arena in Uniontown, PA. With the victory, the Knights improved to a record of 18-10 on the season and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tourney, where they will face No. 2 seeded Penn State York at 2:00pm. Penn State Fayette will face Berkeley College (NY) tomorrow at 1:15pm.
In what was a tightly-contested first half, the teams found themselves knotted at 17 with 6:09 remaining in the opening stanza. The Roaring Lions then put together a 7-0 run over the ensuing 1:58, a spurt that included a basket and two converted free throws by junior forward Matt McKenna, and a three-point basket by junior forward Dierre Jenkins. With 4:11 left in the session, Penn State Fayette led 24-17.
The Knights turned up the voltage following that 7-0 run by the Roaring Lions, as Berkeley answered with a 13-0 run of its own, a stretch that was highlighted by five points from junior guard Darryl Robinson (freshman guard Jabree Jackson also accounted for four points during the run). Berkeley held a 30-24 lead, and would eventually enter the locker room at halftime holding a 37-33 edge.
In the second half, there were a number of occasions where it appeared as though the Knights would run away with the game, but Penn State Fayette battled each time and stayed in the game. Berkeley opened up its biggest lead of the game – a 10 point edge (47-37) – following a layup from Andrew Tomlin. A 15-4 Roaring Lions run – capped by a three-point basket by junior guard Derek Jones – gave Penn State Fayette a 52-51 lead with 12:41 to go.
The Knights regained their composure and eventually jumped back ahead 66-59 with 9:39 left, and later, Berkeley seemed to be in prime position to win the game up 78-72 with just 3:20 remaining. The Roaring Lions would not go away though, outscoring the Knights 6-0 over the ensuing 1:43 to tie the game at 78 apiece.
With time winding down in regulation, and the Knights holding for one shot, Berkeley put the ball in the hands of sophomore guard Dukens Germain, who has made so many clutch shots throughout the season for his team. His three-point attempt at the buzzer was off, though, sending the game into overtime.
In the extra period, the Knights scored the first four points, thanks to baskets by freshmen William Morton and Thaddeus Dalton. Berkeley College led 82-78, but a 5-0 run by Penn State Fayette gave the Roaring Lions an 83-82 advantage with 2:58 left. 55 seconds later, a basket by Dalton pushed Berkeley back ahead 84-83, but a three point play by Penn State Fayette’s McKenna gave the Roaring Lions an 86-84 lead.
Over the next 53 seconds of overtime, the teams would trade baskets, and Penn State Fayette held an 88-86 lead. Germain then drove to the basket and converted on a layup, tying the game at 88 apiece. Later - a made free throw by sophomore guard Hassan Abdullah, and a pair of converted freebees by Morton, gave the Knights a 91-88 lead.
Berkeley’s Tasheen Carrow went to the free throw line with nine seconds remaining, and with Penn State Fayette out of timeouts, just one made free throw would have likely sealed the deal, as it would have made it a two possession game. Carrow, however, misfired on both free throws, giving Penn State Fayette a chance to tie. Sophomore Luke Williams’ desperation three point shot at the buzzer was off, though, giving the Knights the victory as Berkeley College’s bench erupted in celebration.
In the victory for the Knights, Morton paced his squad with a team-high 24 points (while converting all seven of his attempts from the charity stripe) and grabbing three rebounds while also tallying two steals. Junior forward Carl O’Neil added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Germain finalized his night with 10 points and seven caroms.
Despite the loss for the Roaring Lions, Penn State Fayette got a tremendous effort from McKenna, as he posted game-highs in points with 27 and rebounds with 10. Sophomore guard
C.J. Gaddis and Williams each dropped in 12 points apiece, and junior guard Jones added 10.
The Knights shot a blistering 47.9 percent from the floor for the night (35-73) while holding the Roaring Lions to just 38.8 percent shooting (26-67). Berkeley dished 16 assists to Penn State Fayette’s 13, and the Knights also held a staggering 52-23 edge in bench points. The Roaring Lions out-rebounded Berkeley College 49-42, while also connecting on 10 three point baskets to the Knights’ one.
Keep it posted to Berkeley College’s athletics website - http://berkeleycollege.edu/athletics/ - for all of the latest 2014 USCAA National Basketball Tournament information.