March 17, 2017 Knights Wrap Up Another Strong Season
By Murray Ruggiero III, Student Reporter
The Central Penn men’s basketball team wrapped up a powerful season with their sixth straight USCAA Division II National Tournament bid. Their hard work was apparent during the regular season, closing out with a record of 24-8 and 24-3 against non-NCAA Division I colleges.
This season, the Central Penn Knights had the highest points per game as a team in the country for the USCAA at 96 points per game. The program had four players receive post-season awards and one during the national championship. The awards included: Tyrie Orosco—first team All-American, as well as All-Tournament team at the national championships; Tyree Tucker was a first team All-American; Rafeeq Bush was named Honorable Mention All-American; and Bryan Edwards was named to the National All-Academic team for the second year in a row.
In the National tournament Central Penn earned the #2 seed and was able to get a bye for the first round of the tournament. In the second round, first game men’s basketball took on NHTI in which they won 76-64 advancing to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals they took on national powerhouse Penn State York. Unfortunately, Penn State York was the victor in the contest with the score 82-71. Penn State York shot 50% overall from the field and 36.8% from behind the three-point line. Central Penn was 34.2% overall and 12.5% from behind the three-point line.
Central Penn now looks forward to the 2017-2018 season starting this October.
“The basketball team wrapped up another successful campaign by making it to the USCAA National semi-finals," says Dave Baker, dean of students and athletic director. "Though the end result wasn’t what the team had hoped for, anytime you have a 20+ win season, are ranked #2 nationally throughout the year, lead the country in scoring, have three All Americans and one Academic All American, that certainly qualifies as a successful year. I am sure the players returning next season are looking forward to building on this season's accomplishments.”