Penn State York men take down four-time defending USCAA D-II champion in quarterfinals

  • Penn State York defeated four-time defending USCAA D-II champion Berkeley on Monday, 69-67.
  • Five local Lions scored in double figures, including Northeastern grads Derrick Hoffman and Michael Coleman.
  • PSY plays Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals against Johnson & Wales.
Derrick Hoffman led PSY with 14 points in the win.

The Penn State York men's basketball team won its fifth straight tournament game by single digits on Monday night.

The local Lions knocked off four-time defending United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Tournament champion Berkeley in the quarterfinals. No. 9 seed PSY led for most of the second half to hold off the No. 1 seed in Uniontown, 69-67. The local Lions are two wins away from a D-II junior college title. 

Five Lions scored in double digits in the victory: Northeastern graduate Derrick Hoffman (14), Anthony Bennett Jr. (11), John Gillespie (11), Northeastern alumnus Michael Coleman (11) and Justin Luton (10). Coleman had four rebounds and four assists, while Hoffman grabbed seven boards.

Nigel Hemingway and Ricardo Ayuso led Berkeley with 15 and 13 points, respectively. 

The victory is revenge from the 2017 USCAA title game, in which Berkeley defeated PSY 80-68. The local Lions were the No. 6 seed that season and defeated the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds to reach the championship game.

Playoff run: In PSY's five-game winning streak, the local Lions have defeated Penn State Brandywine, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Central Penn and Berkeley. The first three victories were in the Penn State University Athletic Conference Tournament, which PSY won.

The last two wins have come in the first round and the quarterfinals, respectively, in the USCAA D-II Tournament. 

All five wins have been close games, with the average margin of victory at 3.2 points. PSY defeated Brandywine by four points, Mont Alto by eight, Wilkes-Barre by one in overtime, Central Penn by one and Berkeley by two. 

Penn State York advanced to the semifinals with the victory. Tip for the local Lions' game against No. 5 Johnson & Wales is 7 p.m.