McKeesport, Pa. – The Penn State Greater Allegheny Men’s Basketball Team (5-2, 0-0) is back in action on Wednesday as they will travel to South Euclid, Ohio to take on Notre Dame College at 12 p.m. PSUGA is looking to start a new winning streak after having a four-game winning streak broken losing back-to-back contests including a split of the weekend’s contests.
However, despite the split, the men were able to end the weekend on a high note defeating Southern State on Saturday 98-77. It was a big night for PSUGA as Jordon Payne (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) broke the single-game record for three pointers made in a game by going 13 for 17 from beyond the arc.
Payne also put up a season high 40 points in the contest and now has a string of five straight games scoring 20 or more points. Payne currently leads the team in points (173), points per game (24.7), and three-point percentage (50.0%). Payne is also rapidly approaching the 1,000-point mark for his PSUGA career as he currently sits at 923 career points entering the game on Wednesday.
Another player who is rapidly approaching a milestone is senior Khari Hicks (East Hills, Pa./Imani Christian Academy). With his 291 career assists, he sits just six away from breaking the Penn State Greater Allegheny record for assists in a career. The current record is 297 held by former Lion Denzel Boyer-London.
PSUGA enters Wednesday’s contest sitting in third place in the Penn State University Athletic Conference behind Penn State York and Penn State Mont Alto. PSUGA is looking to gain some momentum in their last non-conference game before they open up PSUAC conference play next Tuesday.
Notre Dame College enters this game coming off of a thrilling double overtime loss to UVA-Wise 102-101. Overall, they enter the contest with a record of 2-3 and a record of 1-1 in the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference. Notre Dame College’s offense has been the driving force of the team scoring 92.2 PPG while allowing 91.8 PPG. These two offenses will be able to battle it out as PSUGA is also averaging over 90 points per game sitting at 92.0 PPG.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two teams as PSUGA looks to try and match Notre Dame College’s offense. Both teams have players who can put up a lot of points and they will be tested in this contest.