McKeesport, Pa. – The Penn State Greater Allegheny Men’s Basketball team (2-0, 0-0) put up big offensive numbers in their season opening win against BCCC 106-76. They will look to continue to pile on the offense as they do battle with non-conference foe Point Park Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the second half of the Men’s and Women’s Basketball doubleheader.
PSUGA showed just how good their offense can be in the season opener as they put their foot on the gas early and continued to apply pressure throughout the game. They had a 50-30 lead going into halftime and that allowed them to give their starters some rest early on in the season and give the back-ups some playing time.
Curtis Newby (Sharon, Pa./Sharon HS) and Jordon Payne (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) led the offensive attack with 18 points each in the contest. Newby was also one of two PSUGA players to collect a double-double on the day finishing second on the team with 10 rebounds. George Prota (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) led the team with 11 rebounds and was third on the team with 14 points collecting his first double-double of the year.
Khari Hicks (East Hills, Pa./Imani Christian Academy) had a huge day setting up his guys to score as he collected 17 assists on the night. Hicks is quickly approaching the 1,000-point mark in his PSUGA career sitting 15 points away now after an eight-point opening performance.
The 106 points put up by PSUGA was the most since they put up 102 points on January 28th of last season against Penn State York. PSUGA has a bunch of offensive weapons on their team and they all showed their potential in the win against BCCC. Head Coach Tyler Care was happy with his team’s performance but wants to work in the rebounding game.
While PSUGA had great success offensively their last time out, Point Park struggled to get going out of the gate their last time out. The only scored 72 points against RV Washington Adventist University and fell 86-72. They were down 45-25 at halftime and they could never recover as they fell by the final score of 86-72.
This matchup will be the first ever meeting between Point Park and PSUGA Men’s Basketball. The non-conference opponents have to be ready for a hard fought game as PSUGA has the scoring ability and Point Park plays very good defense and does a great job in the rebounding game.
Tip-off for the Men’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Wunderly Gymnasium. Come on out early and see the first half of our doubleheader as the Women take on Point Park as well at 6 p.m.