Kutz­town men mark Se­nior Day with 14th straight win

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - SPORTS -

The No. 6 Kutz­town Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball team cel­e­brated Se­nior Day with its 14th straight vic­tory, tied for the third-long­est in pro­gram his­tory, as the Golden Bears de­feated Millersville 90-78 on Satur­day, Feb. 18 in­side Key­stone Arena to stay atop the Penn­syl­va­nia State Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (PSAC) East Divi­sion with two games re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The 14-game win­ning streak is the long­est since the 2009-10 team be­gan its sea­son 14-0. KU (22-2, 18-2 PSAC) also moved into fourth in the pro­gram an­nals for wins in a sea­son and tied last year’s team for most PSAC vic­to­ries in pro­gram his­tory.

As a team, Kutz­town made 20-of-25 (80.0 per­cent) from the foul line and 10-of-25 (40.0) form 3-point range.

KU also out­re­bounded Millersville 41-32, which led to an 18-6 edge in sec­ond-chance points, and de­spite only win­ning the turnover bat­tle 12-10, outscored the Ma­raud­ers in points off turnovers 17-8.

Dan Cuevas also neared a dou­ble-dou­ble, the first of his ca­reer, with 15 points and eight re­bounds to help the Golden Bear bench outscore Millersville’s bench 39-19.

Ethan Ridge­way had 13 points and dished out a game-high seven as­sists to move into third place in pro­gram his­tory with 409 for his ca­reer. Re­mark­ably, he has al­ready sur­passed 200 as­sists for the sea­son in just 24

games.

Women’s bas­ket­ball

Af­ter de­fend­ing an early run in the fourth quar­ter, the Kutz­town Univer­sity women’s bas­ket­ball team held off Millersville, 5149, on Se­nior Day in its fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son home game of the year at Key­stone Arena on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

With the vic­tory, KU (812 PSAC, 11-17) broke a tie with the Ma­raud­ers (7-13, 9-16) for fifth place in the Penn­syl­va­nia State Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (PSAC) East with two con­tests re­main­ing in the sea­son. The Golden Bears can clinch a berth in the PSAC Tour­na­ment with a win in at least one of its two fi­nal games.

De­spite the Ma­raud­ers open­ing the fourth on a 12-0 run, and re­duc­ing Kutz­town’s lead to just one point, 46-47, with 1:18 left in reg­u­la­tion, they were un­able to over­take the Ma­roon and Gold. KU hit four free throws in the fi­nal 49 sec­onds, capped by Karen Lap­kiewicz go­ing 2-for-2 with 12 sec­onds to spare to make it a two-pos­ses­sion game.

Jenna Al­tomare was the sole dou­ble-digit scorer for Kutz­town as she led the Ma­roon and Gold with 12 points and a sea­son­high four as­sists. With her 59th 3-pointer of the sea­son, and her 186th over­all, she is just five triples be­hind the pro­gram’s all-time leader.

Women’s swim­ming

The Kutz­town Univer­sity women’s swim­ming team had its strong­est con­tin­gent of the week­end at the fi­nals ses­sion of the 2017 Penn­syl­va­nia State Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (PSAC) Cham­pi­onships. Five Golden Bears qual­i­fied for Satur­day night’s fi­nals while 6-of-9 swim­mers posted ca­reerbest marks on Day Three of PSACs at the Gra­ham Aquatic Cen­ter.

In the fi­nals, Claire Frank fin­ished sec­ond in the C-Fi­nal for 18th over­all, while Bleiler slightly im­proved upon her time at 1:00.31 for third in the race - 19th over­all.

All three Golden Bears in the 100-breast posted ca­reer-best times. Brid­get Per­doch (Yardley, Pa./ Penns­bury) led the team and qual­i­fied for the C-Fi­nal

Wrestling

with a time of 1:09.52. It seeded her 23rd and im­proved upon her 10th-best time in school his­tory. In the fi­nals, she held her mark of 23rd by fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the race in 1:10.21.

Jeff Reimel (Lans­dale, Pa./North Penn) and Lu­cas Miller (Perkiomenville, Pa./Boy­er­town Area) won sud­den-vic­tory matches Tues­day night to lead the 25th-ranked Kutz­town Univer­sity wrestling team to a 24-16 vic­tory over East Strouds­burg Univer­sity on Se­nior Night at Key­stone Arena.

The Golden Bears (12-5, 4-3 PSAC) only needed to win two of the seven con­tested matches against the in­jury-rid­den War­riors, who re­ceived votes in the lat­est na­tional poll. ESU was forced to for­feit the 165, 174 and 285-pound weight classes - giv­ing KU an 18-point ad­van­tage.

Kutz­town trailed 17-15 through 184, need­ing to limit ESU to no more than four team points to se­cure the vic­tory - know­ing it would re­ceive six points for a for­feit at heavy­weight.

Reimel went up against Bran­don Steele at 197. Steele led Reimel 6-3 heading into the fi­nal pe­riod. With Steele back­ing off of­fen­sively, Reimel con­tin­ued to pres­sure and forced Steele into three stalling points in the fi­nal pe­riod, in­clud­ing the third with 10 sec­onds re­main­ing to force over­time.

In over­time, Steele worked his way be­hind Reimel, but when he picked up Reimel for a po­ten­tial take­down, Steele was called for a dan­ger­ous move for drop­ping Reimel on his head, award­ing Reimel a point and the 7-6 sud­den-vic­tory.

Miller was KU’s other win­ner Tues­day night. He also went to added time as the match was tied 6-6 through reg­u­la­tion. With Miller wrestling ag­gres­sive, ESU’s Con­nor Maliff was called for mul­ti­ple stalling calls through the match, in­clud­ing the fi­nal one in over­time to award Miller a 7-6 sud­den-vic­tory.

Prior to Tues­day’s match, three KU se­niors were hon­ored as part of Se­nior Night. Ryan Krecker (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area (Camp­bell)), Matt Ben­venuto (Stan­hope, N.J./ Le­nape Val­ley Re­gional) and Ryne Mor­ri­son (Berke­ley Heights, N.J./Gov­er­nor Liv­ingston (Ursi­nus)) took part in a pre-match cer­e­mony to rec­og­nize their ca­reer achieve­ments and ded­i­ca­tion to the KU wrestling pro­gram.

Kutz­town looks ahead to the NCAA Su­per Re­gion I Cham­pi­onships on Feb. 24-25 at Mer­cy­hurst Univer­sity in Erie.

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Kutz­town se­nior Josh John­son throws down a dunk against East Strouds­burg on Feb. 15.

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Kutz­town’s Ethan Ridge­way drives to the bas­ket for a layup against East Strouds­burg on Feb. 15.

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