February 28, 2010

Men's Basketball Loses Heartbreaker to Kutztown

Box Score

KUTZTOWN-Bloomsburg University fell to Kutztown University 75-68 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East men's basketball action on Saturday. The win secured a spot for the Golden Bears in the 2010 PSAC Tournament.

Kutztown started strong, taking a 7-1 lead less than three minutes into the game. The Huskies (12-14, 6-8) fought back, going on a 11-0 run to take a 12-7 lead less than four minutes later. The Golden Bears went on their own run, tying the score at 14-apiece at the 11:33 mark in the first half.

The Golden Bears (21-6, 8-6) then took control, outscoring Bloomsburg 14-7 over the next 5:35 to take a 28-21 lead with less than six minutes until halftime. The Huskies did manage a layup from sophomore guard Trevon Johnson (Snow Hill, MD/Snow Hill) but Kutztown continued to dominate, taking a 34-23 lead into the locker room.

Both teams traded baskets in the beginning of the second half, as Kutztown was only able to extend its lead to 14 points in the first three minutes. A layup by sophomore forward Trenton Epps (Frederick, MD/St. John's Catholic Prep) narrowed the gap to 43-34 with 14:45 left, but the Golden Bears extended their lead back to 12 at 53-41 just four minutes later.

A foul shot by Johnson just three minutes later helped cut the Huskies deficit to six, but Kutztown refused to let Bloomsburg get close, scoring nine of the next 13 points to go back on top 65-54 with 4:05 remaining.

The Huskies would get hot, and a tip-in by sophomore forward Larry Webster (Elkton, MD/Elkton) on the next trip down the floor started a 10-1 run and brought Bloomsburg to within two at 66-64 with 1:56 remaining. The deficit would remain two after each team traded foul shots, but a jumper by Julius Gray with 1:04 left brought the Golden Bears lead to four and they went on to outscore the Huskies and gain the seven-point win.

Steven Dennis led the Golden Bears with 24 points while Gray added 13. Four Huskies scored in double-figures, including Johnson and senior forward Adon El (Philadelphia/St. John Neumann) who each had 14. Webster nearly registered a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds and sophomore guard Jesse Betar (Altoona/Altoona) added 11 points.

The loss marks the end of the 2009-10 season for the Huskies, as the game determined the fourth and final spot in the PSAC tournament.