Central Penn moving up in USCAA tourney
By Keith Gudz
Knightly News Reporter
The Central Penn Knights basketball team has become one of the greatest kept secrets in college basketball.
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) team is currently 24-8 and are 24-3 in USCAA play. The Knights, Division II, have made the USCAA tournament for a sixth straight year, the longest streak by any USCAA school. They received the No. 2 overall seed.
What’s happening now
Central Penn defeated NHTI (formerly New Hampshire Technical Institute), Concord, N.H., Thursday 76-64, in Uniontown, Pa., where the tournament is being held – on the Penn State Fayette Campus. They were led by Tyree Tucker, Tyrie Orosco and Joel Zola – each who scored 18 points.
The Knights are scheduled to play Penn State York at 3 this afternoon. (Follow the stats live here.) If they win, the Knights would face Berkeley College (N.Y.) or Penn State Greater Allegheny for the championship Saturday at 8:45 p.m.
A bit of background
The Knights, in addition to playing in a lower-tier basketball league, are also often overlooked for being part of such a small school that some residents in Central Pennsylvania are only now realizing exists.
However, for being a small school – with an enrollment of about 1,300 – the team is very good, with the 24-3 USCAA record, and the other five losses to NCAA Division I teams.
The losses were Liberty (19-12), Radford (13-17), Maryland-East Shore (11-19), Howard (8-22) and Elon (18-13). Their closest game against the DI schools was a seven-point loss to the Howard Bison 67-60.
The Knights have hardly been only a one-and-done team. Last season, the Knights made it all the way to the championship game before falling to Berkeley College (NY) 107-88. The previous season 2014-2015, the Knights went to the national semifinals.
Looking forward, moving on
As the college starts to expand its reach and scope on the recruiting trail, upgraded facilities are in the planning stage.
One day there may be a move up to NCAA.
Only time will tell.
But if the Knights do move up, then DI, watch out during March Madness, because these little Knights can dance.
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Edited by Media Club Co-adviser Prof. Lear-Olimpi and club president Sherri Long.