2010-11 Men's Basketball: PSUAC Playoffs - Bryce Jordan Center PSU Beaver
February 23, 2011
The Wildcats end the season 15-13 overall and 14-4 in the PSUAC
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In one of the mostly hotly contested matches of the season, the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s basketball team fell 76-73 in overtime to Penn State Beaver in the Penn State University Athletic Conference final. Junior Leroy Joiner (Williamsport led all scorers with 27 as the Wildcats end the season 15-13 overall and 14-4 in the conference.
The Wildcats were down Joiner in overtime as he fouled out with three left in regulation. Tied at 73 with 43 seconds left, Beaver made a free throw to go up one. Penn College turned over the ball on the inbound and was forced to foul. Another two free throws gave Beaver the three point advantage. Senior Nico Italiani (Easton) shot a three to tie, but missed and time expired.
Italiani ended the game with 14 hitting three from beyond the arc.
Penn College had a chance to win up 64-60 in the second half with 13 seconds left. In a strange turn of events, Beaver was called on a charge but awarded the made basket. The foul sent senior Greg Solyak to the line to shoot one and one. The Beaver head coach was given a technical giving Solyak two additional shots to seal the deal. He missed all three giving an opening to the Lions. They hit two free throws to tie and send it into overtime.
Solyak finished with 17.
The Wildcats played catch-up all first half. Beaver opened on an 11-2 run and held the lead the entire first half. Penn College went into the break off a 4-0 run, two from Joiner, to make it a 31-25 game.
Freshman Ethan Kline (Bellefonte) hit a three to tie the game at 37 with 14:24 left. Joiner followed with his own 5-0 run to build the team’s lead. The Wildcats held a lead as large as 10 in the half. Kline ended the day with eight.
For the game, Penn College out-rebounded the Lions 40-38 and shot 28 for 66 (.500) in the field.