Penn College stays alive in USCAA basketball playoffs

Williamsport – Facing host Penn State Fayette in its first losers bracket contest of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II men’s basketball tournament late Thursday night, Penn College got a career-high 26 points from Tom Little (Beacon Falls, Conn.) and cruised to a 97-53 victory. Joe Simon (Renovo) added 18 points in the winning effort.

The victory kept the Wildcats’ hope of at least a fifth place finish in the 12-team tournament alive, and put them into Friday’s 6 p.m. game against a familiar foe – Maine-Augusta, which they lost to, 69-64, in their tournament opener on Wednesday.

Looking ahead to Friday night’s game, Penn College coach Gene Bruno said, “Somehow, I’ve got to try to take this (L.T.) Williams kid out of his game.” In their first meeting, Williams, a 6-foot, 5-inch freshman from Chicago, dominated by scoring 30 points and pulling down 18 rebounds.

“We’re going to need our transition. And I think I’m coming out of the gate pressing for 40 minutes. I think I’m going to do something different. It’s not going to be normal basketball. We can’t beat them that way. They’re just too big for us underneath,” Bruno added.

Penn College takes a 17-11 record into the game at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport and Augusta-Maine is 17-7.

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