BLOOMSBURG- Sophomore guard Trevon Johnson (Snow Hill, MD/Snow Hill) scored 20 points to lead Bloomsburg University to a 70-58 upset of seventh-ranked Kutztown University in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House.
The Huskies (8-10, 2-4) jumped out to an early 6-2 lead behind the offensive and defensive play of Johnson. Kutztown (16-2, 4-2) came back, going up 9-6 after back-to-back layups by Stephen Dennis and Julius Gray. Bloomsburg came right back, going back on top 11-9 after a three-pointer by freshman guard Jamar Smack (State College/State College). After a foul shot by sophomore forward Larry Webster (Elkton, MD/Elkton) gave the Huskies a 12-9 advantage, the Golden Bears would go on a 10-2 run, capped by a jumper from Ryan Washington, to take a five-point lead with 5:10 left in the half.
Bloomsburg would continue to pressure on the defensive end, forcing turnovers and regaining the lead with a layup by Johnson with 1:54 left. The Huskies would stretch their lead to 27-24 with a pair of foul shots from senior forward Adon El (Philadelphia/St. John Neumann) at the end of the half.
The Huskies took a 31-26 lead less than a minute into the second half but Kutztown would score nine straight points, with seven coming from the All-American Dennis. The Huskies would not back down, scoring six straight points of their own to take a 37-35 lead with just under 15 minutes remaining.
After trading baskets with the Golden Bears over the next 2:24, Bloomsburg went on a 10-2 run to increase its lead to 51-42 with 6:19 left on the clock. With less than four minutes left, an open three by Gray would bounce of the rim but a foul by Washington would prove to be costly as it was his fifth of the game, sending him to the bench for the remainder of the contest. Kutztown would not back down, however, bringing the Huskies lead down to four points at 57-53 with 2:36 left in the game.
With less than two minutes left, Dennis would collect his fifth foul, allowing Bloomsburg to make a foul shot and take an eight-point advantage with 1:22 remaining. Fouls by the Golden Bears down the stretch sent the Huskies to the foul line several times, where they connected on 9-of-10 tries and sealed the 12-point upset victory.
Dennis ended the game with 24 points and 10 turnovers while Washington was held to just seven points for the Golden Bears. Along with Johnson, three other players scored in double-figures, including El with 13 points, Webster with 12 points and senior guard Ruben Britt (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) with 10.
The Huskies look for their third straight win next Wednesday when they host Mansfield. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. from the Nelson Field House.