Beaver's men's and women's teams win PSUAC
For the first time in PSUAC history, both the Penn State Beaver men's and women's basketball trophies (President's Trophy) are housed in the same gym. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Beaver captured both titles in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.
The women played first, tipping at 10:30 a.m. From the start Beaver led, starting the game on a 13-3 run. Junior Laura Perkins (Monaca High School, Monaca, Pa.) led the early charge, scoring seven of Beaver's first 13 points. Schuylkill put together a run of their own to pull within four, scoring six unanswered points, putting the score at 13-9. From there the Lady Lions went to work, methodically building on their lead to 20 by halftime (40-20).
The second half went back and forth, with both teams making runs. Schuylkill pulled within 11 twice, once at the 9 minute mark and again at the 5 minute mark of the second half. However, Perkins answered the Schuylkill rally once again by draining yet another 3-point shot and sophomore Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School, New Brighton, PA) capped the scoring with a 3-pointer with under 30 seconds to go, as Beaver won the PSUAC Championship by the score of 75-58.
In the win, sophomore guard Jasmine Green (Orange High School, Allentown, Pa.) recorded her second career triple-double (18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists). Perkins had a career best of 18 points on 7-12 shooting from the field. Perkins was 4 for 7 from behind the arc and Sandusky added 18 points as well. Freshman Katie Landis (Rochester High School, Rochester, Pa.) grabbed 10 rebounds.
This marks the Lady Lions second straight conference championship in only its second year of competition.
Following the women's game, it was the men's turn to capture a crown of their own. From the opening tip, Beaver was smoking hot, as freshman Tony Houghton (Perry Traditional Academy, Pittsburgh, PA) led the way early with a deep 3-point shot from the wing and several strong drives to the rim. The Lions started the game on a 22-5 run in which all five starters scored. Beaver kept the lead at 20 most of the first half, and led at halftime by a score of 45-23.
In the second half, Beaver pushed the lead to as much as 30 points by the 15-minute mark. However, Hazleton made a sizable run as they converted free throws and layups to cut the Beaver lead significantly. With 2:30 left in the game, Hazleton managed to cut the lead to 10 points, but Beaver was not to be denied and responded with an 8-0 run of their own to seal the victory. Beaver won by the final score of 86-70 to capture its first PSUAC title.
In the win, junior Zac Fetchin (Hopewell High School, Aliquippa, PA) led all scorers with 28 points. Houghton added 19 points, while sophomore Chancelor Humphrey (Hopewell High School, Aliquippa, PA) added 14. Fetchin grabbed 9 rebounds and junior Tim Kubis (Hopewell High School, Aliquippa, Pa.) dished out seven assists.
With the victories, both teams received a bid to next week’s United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national tournament at Penn State Fayette, Uniontown, Pa. Seedings, game sites, times, and opponents will be announced.