Knights show promise against NCAA DI opponents

By Daylin Davis, Student Reporter

Central Penn’s 2018 men’s basketball schedule consisted of six NCAA Division I programs. Although the Knights lost all six of the contests, they competed at a high level. Central Penn is now heading into conference play against Penn State York on Jan. 16 at home.

The Central Penn Knights lost to Buffalo University, 88-54. From the tip-off the Bulls were in control of the game. The first 10 minutes of the game Buffalo went on a 20-2 run and managed to maintain their lead the entire game. The Bulls had five players finish in double figures. Buffalo’s James Reese had a total of 18 points, making 3 three pointers and C.J Massinburg finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Buffalo.

Randy Dupont finished with a game high 20 points, and 3 steals for Central Penn.

Central Penn also came up short in a respectable 74-69 loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Hawks led at the half 45-32. The Knights went on a 14-5 run in the first five minutes of the second half, to trickle the Hawks lead to 4. The Knights outscored UMES in the second half 35-26, it but wasn’t enough to seal a victory over the MEAC conference opponent.

The Knights’ Randy Dupont finished with a game high 21 points and 4 rebounds, while Noah Baylor added 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Central Penn College went on to face Ivy League Division I opponent Cornell University. This 93-69 loss leaves the Knights with a 7-9 record.

Four players scored in double figures to help Cornell secure the victory. Matt Morgan scored a game 21 points and added five rebounds. Cornell was in control the entire game, never loosening their lead.

Central Penn did manage to force 16 Cornell turnovers and tied the Bear’s in the rebound category with a total of 43.

Randy Dupont finished the game with a total of 16 points, after making 4 three-pointers. The Knights’ Joel Zola and Juwan Gooding had a matching 11 points, 6 rebounds and Noah Baylor added 10 points and 7 rebounds.