Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Men's Basketball team fell in the first round of the USCAA National Basketball Championship to Vermont Tech, 69-57. The first half was a very tightly contested game. Penn State Wilkes-Barre jumped out to a 21-14 lead with 8:43 left in the half. Vermont Tech then went on a 15-4 run to take a 29-25 lead with 1:51 left in the half. PSU Wilkes-Barre tied the game at 29 to end the first half.
In the second half, PSU Wilkes-Barre had an early 45-41 lead, and things were looking promising for the Mountain Lions. However, the Knights went on a 20-5 run to take a 61-50 lead with 3:01 left in the game. The Mountain Lions were unable to get back into the game after that.
The offense struggled for most of the game for the Mountain Lions, shooting only 31.3% from the field. Penn State Wilkes-Barre's leading scorer was Levaugn Soules. He had 13 points and 6 rebounds off of the bench. He also shot an efficient 6-11 from the field. Kevin Silverberg contributed 11 points, while Ameer Biddle had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Tomir Gibbs also added 10 points and 4 rebounds.
As for Vermont Tech, Tyrone Hilson and Titus Smith each had 20 points and 7 rebounds. They were the offense spark that led the Vikings to victory. Their offense was a big reason why the team shot 48.1% from the field in the entire game. Taiga Cantor had the only double-double of the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Cameron Carter had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The team shot 14-26 in the second half, which was a huge reason why they pulled away with the win.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre finishes the season with an overall record of 18-10. This was their first appearance in the USCAA National Basketball Championship since 2010.