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February 27, 2013 Knights start play in national championship

Central Penn College starts play in USCAA men’s division II

basketball national championship

Entering tournament as fifth seed, Central Penn plays Penn State Beaver on Feb. 28

The Central Penn Knights received a bid to the 2013 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) men’s division II basketball national championship, which takes place Feb. 26-Mar. 2 at Penn State Fayette in Uniontown, Pa. 

The Knights have entered the tournament as the fifth seed and play Penn State Beaver in the first round on Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. The game will be viewable here. If the Knights win, any remaining games will be viewable from this link. Last season, the Knights played Beaver and prevailed 94-93 and progressed to the top eight in the national championship.

“Penn State Beaver plays the same style of ball that we do, so we are looking forward to the challenge,” exclaims Head Coach Dave Baker. “We have nothing but the utmost respect for their program and embrace the opportunity that lies ahead. We are also humbled to be heading back to the national tournament. The support from the Central Penn family has been overwhelming. We hope to improve on our fifth place finish from last year and will represent Knight Nation with pride.”

Gaining bids along with Central Penn College in the men’s division II bracket are NHTI, Andrews University, Berkeley College-New York, Penn State Beaver, Penn State York, Vermont Tech, Albany College of Pharmacy, Warren Wilson College and Penn State Fayette.

“I’m really excited about this year,” says Athletic Director Ed Liesch. “Last year, we left the tournament after the first game, but this year we have developed a talented team that is hungry to avenge last year’s loss.”

The 2013 tournament kicked off with the USCAA basketball skills competition at the Penn State Fayette Main Arena on Feb. 26, followed by the All-American banquet that evening at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. The following Central Penn College students were honored:

  • Men’s Division II All-American
    • Devon Dorsey, forward, a sophomore criminal justice major from Wilmington, Del. / William Penn High School
  • Women’s Division II Honorable Mention All-American
    • Jasmine Robinson, guard, a junior corporate communications major from Brooklyn, N.Y. / Liberty High School
  • Men’s Division II National All-Academic Team
    • Conner Arnold, a freshman criminal justice administration major from Harrisburg / Bishop McDevitt High School
    • Regis Barwin, a senior accounting major from Dauphin / Central Dauphin High School
  • Women’s Division II National All-Academic Team
    • Marissa Monteiro, a junior legal studies / paralegal major from Belleville, N.J. / Hudson Catholic High School

The tournament bracket is available on the USCAA basketball national championships website.

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Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering bachelor's and associate degrees in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security, legal studies and organizational leadership. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 82.9 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu