Friday, November 19, 2010

Goldey-Beacom Men’s Basketball Attempts to Avenge Last Year’s Loss, Hosts Cheyney Saturday

PIKE CREEK, Del. – The Goldey-Beacom College men’s basketball team, coming off a convincing 84-71 win over Shippensburg on Mon. night, will look to avenge last year’s three-point loss to Cheyney University as it hosts the Wolves at the Joseph West Jones Center on Sat. at 1 p.m.

Play-by-play personality Chris DiGiacomo will have the call as the game is webcasted via PennAtlantic. Fans can view the webcast for free by visiting the link on the athletics home page calendar.

The Lightning (1-1) bounced back from their season-opening overtime loss to Franklin Pierce in a big way against Shippensburg, as they expanded an eight-point halftime lead to as many as 25 before settling for the 13-point win.

Senior forward Terrence Parkes led all scorers with 22 points to go with eight rebounds as he shot 8-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from long-distance. Senior swingman Sam McDuffie also pitched in with 17 points to go with game-highs of five assists and three steals.

McDuffie came up just one point shy of the 1,000-point plateau for his career Mon. night. He will eclipse that mark on Sat. with his first made free-throw or basket.

The Red Raiders were the first of four straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opponents on the Lightning’s schedule. Number two on that list is Cheyney, who comes into Sat.’s contest with a record of 1-0 after beating the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference’s University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 73-57 on its home floor.

The Wolves overcame a two-point halftime deficit as four scored in double figures, including a game-high 18 points from senior guard Sharif Bray and a career-high 17 from senior guard Amarildo Matos.

Last year, Cheyney came into the Jones Center on Dec. 5 and snapped a two-game Lightning winning streak by handing GBC a 68-65 loss. Free-throw shooting was the story that day as the Lightning missed 10 foul shots in the second half, including three in the final four-and-a-half minutes while visiting Cheyney went 7-of-8 from the stripe in the final 20 minutes.

Bench play and points in the paint were also statistics dominated by Cheyney in last year’s meeting as the Wolves outscored GBC 34-20 inside and their bench outscored the Lightning’s 23-0.

GBC’s next three opponents (West Chester, Cheyney and Kutztown) are all PSAC schools that beat the Lightning last year. They were 3-3 against PSAC opponents in 2009-10 and their three losses came by a combined eight points.

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