The West Chester University men’s basketball team (14-15, 11-11 PSAC) saw their season end at the hand of the Kutztown University Golden Bears (26-2, 20-2) 114-93 in the quarterfinals of the PSAC Conference Tournament on Wednesday, March 3.
The loss marked the third time the Golden Rams fell to the Golden Bears this past season. WCU exceeded expectations by reaching the second round, upsetting the Bloomsburg University Huskies (15-12, 11-11 PSAC) on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
West Chester was paced by five double-digit scorers in their win over Bloomsburg, led by Tyrell Long’s 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jackson Hyland registered another double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds), and Thomas White (13), Malik Jackson (12) and Matt Penecale (11) all dipped in the double-digit scoring department as well.
West Chester was able to steer themselves towards victory against Bloomsburg by limiting the Huskies to 38.7 percent shooting.
The Golden Rams were unable to duplicate that performance against the high-octane offensive attack of the Golden Bears, who scored 114 points and shot 60 percent from the field, including 46 percent from behind the arc. Kutztown’s victory was of the wire-to-wire variety, and the largest lead they nursed was of 33 points.
WCU’s offense had more significant traction than in previous games against the Golden Bears (41 percent shooting, five players in double-figures), but their inability to get stops is what doomed them.
West Chester goes into the offseason on the heels of a disappointing season, and they’ll surely use that for motivation. Let’s see if that materializes into better results for next year’s campaign.
William “B.J.” Boyer is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at WB806695@wcupa.edu.