Central Penn Men’s Basketball Team Wins 2021 Season Opener
In their first game under new coach Gary Martin, the men’s basketball team delivered an 83–80 win over Penn State Schuylkill last night in an away contest.
The Knights jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead, 43–30, powered by forward Tyler Hunter’s 12 points.
The Nittany Lions roared back in the second half, taking a 4–point lead at the 12:54 mark. Ninety seconds later, the Knights retook the lead on a foul shot by Hunter. After that, the visitors never looked back, even though Penn State––fueled by Wilvens Fleuizard’s 33 points––refused to go away.
“PSU Schuylkill switched defenses and it slowed us down for a while in the second half… before we were able to fine the weakness in their 3-2 zone,” said Martin.
Central Penn had five players in double figures, including starters Tyler Hunter with 22, Nate Jean-Philippe 12, Rodney Ross 11 and Randy Dupont 10. Aaron Harrison supplied the firepower from the bench, contributing 17 points.
Martin was pleased with the balanced scoring. “Five players in double figures is a great way to show that we are willing to share the basketball with our teammates.”
“I’m very proud of how we are working together and relying on each other,” continued Martin. “Win #1 is great and we are working hard for many more.
The Knights travel to Penn State Brandywine this Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip-off.