Friday, December 10, 2010
Second half leads Cal U past Newberry, 79-70
With the victory, the California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team extended its win streak to three games to improve to 4-1 overall this season. Meanwhile, Newberry drops to 3-4 this year.
Sophomore guard Quentin Harding (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) led the team with 16 points and seven rebounds against the Wolves. The former McKeesport shot 7-of-13 from the floor and is shooting 48.3 percent (29-of-60) for the season. He also tallied two assists, three steals and two blocks on Friday.
Senior forward Rashawd Hatten (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) and Appiah each added 14 points and combined for 10 steals. Juniors John Williams (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) and Chad Tipton (Hanover, Pa./South Western) both contributed eight points, while guards Ryne Niemiec (Brownsville, Pa./Beth-Center) and Joe Berenato (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) each tallied five assists.
With the score tied at halftime, the teams combined for seven lead changes and four ties in the second half. Trailing 59-56 with 7:00 remaining, Cal scored 11-unanswered points over two minutes to claim a 67-59 lead on a fastbreak lay-up by Harding. The Wolves cut the deficit to four points, 67-63, before the Vulcans responded with a 10-3 run to take a 75-66 advantage with 53 seconds left on another lay-up by Harding. Cal U made all four of its free-throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
After shooting over 70 percent in the second half, Cal U finished the game shooting at a 56.0 clip (28-of-50) from the field. The Vulcans also made an impressive 80.0 percent (20-of-25) from the free-throw line, their best mark since last season. Meanwhile, the Wolves shot 38.0 percent (27-of-71) from the floor and just 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the charity stripe.
In the victory, the Vulcans committed a season-high 32 turnovers and were out-rebounded by a 40-33 margin. Cal U also registered a season-best 20 steals and recorded 16 assists on 28 field-goals.
Junior forward Chris Reynolds led Newberry with 12 points, while sophomore guard Coleman Young added 11 points off the bench.
Cal U returns to action at the Manchin Tournament tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 11, when it faces the host Tigers at 3 p.m.