Men’s Basketball Outhustled by Penn State York
By: Erin Dolan, Lion’s Eye Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Penn State York men’s basketball team defeated Penn State Brandywine 91-69 on January 30.
From tip-off, Penn State York’s momentum and speed outhustled was evident. In the first half, Brandywine shot 20 percent from the field verses York’s 62.1 percent. Missing shots and being outrebounded impacted the team mentally.
Omar Richburg, Brandywine men’s basketball coach, explained what went wrong.
“It appeared there was a lack of energy and passion,” Richburg said.
In addition, within the first ten minutes of the game, both teams were in foul trouble. York racked up 12 fouls, but shot 11 for 13 from the line, while Brandywine racked up ten fouls and went 9 for 17 from the line.
By the end of the first half, York led 53-24. In the second half, Terrance Quinn, Brandywine’s guard, came out strong shooting two 3-pointers. The team’s momentum picked up, but could not be sustained. With five minutes remaining, York had its largest lead — 32 points.
York’s freshman duo of Trent Thomas and Mike Coleman led their team in points; Thomas contributed 28.
Fan Margo Gargus claimed, “Thomas was unstoppable.”
Brandywine’s forward, Marcus Turner, lead the team with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists.
“Turner played phenomenally,” Richburg said. “The game is his first game back from an ankle injury, so he is trying to get his flow and repetition back.”
Turner’s high energy assisted in closing York’s lead. Brandywine forward Cyrie Spencer grabbed eight rebounds for Brandywine.
Brandywine’s victory against Penn State Hazleton the night before, 73-59, couldn’t offer any added momentum in this game.
“Back-to-back games were challenging because the team didn’t get home until late last night after beating Penn State Hazleton,” Richburg said. “But it’s not an excuse.”
With a 3-6 conference record, the team hopes to make a run for the playoffs as they approach their final seven games.
Richburg talked about his strategy going into a game against Penn State Mont Alto.
“We will go back to the drawing board and take a few days off to focus on the game ahead,” Richburg said.
Winning four games this season, Penn State Brandywine men’s basketball players look to improve their record by playing with more passion.