Penn State York men earn USCAA playoff basketball berth

  • Penn State York has earned an at-large berth into the USCAA D-II national tournament.
  • The local Lions enter as the No. 6 seed after winning the PSUAC regular season.
  • PSY (19-7) will face Williamson College of the Trades (23-5) in the playoff opener on Thursday.

The Penn State York men's basketball season isn't over yet.

The local Lions learned this week that they've earned an at-large berth in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Championship.

Richard Grant and his Penn State York teammates will compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II national playoffs. Grant is a Susquehannock High School graduate. Dawn J. Sagert photo

PSY will enter the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the 10-team field.

The field was finalized following nationwide voting by the USCAA Coaches Polls. For a ninth year, the championships will return to Uniontown, located in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania. The playoffs feature 34 teams in four divisions playing 39 games from Wednesday, March 1, through Saturday, March 4. Tournament games are played on the campus of Penn State Fayette.

PSY (19-7 overall) won the Penn State University Athletic Conference regular season at 15-1, but fell in the league tournament title game to Penn State Greater Allegheny on Sunday, 60-58, at the Ruhl Center. That gave Greater Allegheny (22-5) the league's automatic bid into the USCAA playoffs. Greater Allegheny is seeded No. 4 in the USCAA D-II bracket.

PSY routed Greater Allegheny in the regular season, 102-65.

The defending two-time D-II national champion, Berkeley College-New York (26-0), heads to Uniontown with a 50 game-winning streak and the No. 1 seed. Securing the No. 2 seed in the bracket is perennial contender Central Penn College. PSY lost twice to Central Penn (24-8) in the regular season, with the second defeat coming in a thrilling triple-overtime affair, 125-122.

PSY will have a bye in the opening round on Wednesday, March 1, and will face No. 3 seed Williamson College of the Trades (23-5) at noon Thursday, March 2.