The Penn State York men's basketball team dropped its opening game on Thursday in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Tournament at Penn State Fayette near Uniontown.
The No. 6 seed Lions fell to No. 3 seed Berkeley (N.Y.), 92-72. Berkeley is the Hudson Valley Conference champion, while PSY won the Penn State University Athletic Conference crown.
The Yorkers fell behind 46-35 at halftime and could not recover.
Josh Jamison led PSY with 14 points and six rebounds. He got support from Xavier Smith (12 points, five rebounds) and Kris Curry Davis (10 points).
Berkeley was led by USCAA All-American Jose Stable, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Danzel Whyte also tallied a double-double for the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Heading into the game, PSY was making 51.6 percent of its field-goal attempts, but was held to 45.5 percent by Berkeley. The Lions' bench contributed 28 points vs. 10 for the Knights. However, Berkeley outrebounded Penn State York 49-28 and capitalized with 24 second-chance points.
The loss dropped PSY (21-7) into the consolation bracket. The local Lions will face No. 2 seed Andrews at 10 a.m. Friday. No. 10 seed Penn State Fayette -- the host school -- upset two-time defending national champion Andrews on Friday, 67-61. Fayette will face Berkeley in the winners' bracket semifinals on Friday. PSY defeated Fayette during the regular season, 95-93 in double overtime.
FOUR LOCALS EARN ALL-AMERICA RECOGNI TION: Four Penn State York basketball players recently earned USCAA Division II All-America honors.
Delone Catholic High School graduate Courtney Riggs and Susquehannock grad Lauren Riggleman earned second-team honors on the women's side, while Smith and Logan Steckel collected honorable mention recognition on the men's side.
Riggs averaged 18.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for PSY, while Riggleman had averages of 19.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Smith averaged 13.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, while shooting 57 percent from the field. Steckel, a Red Lion Christian grad, pumped in 12.7 points per game and shot 50.4 percent from the field.