KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University men’s basketball team is set to play its second straight non-conference matchup in the friendly confines of Keystone Arena, when it takes on the University of the Sciences Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The Golden Bears (1-0 overall) will look to win their second game in a row before beginning action in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) this weekend.
KU enters the game coming off a historic night in the regular season opener last Saturday, Nov. 11, when it defeated Penn State Schuylkill, 135-80.
The Maroon and Gold set program records for points in a game (135), assists (40), 3-pointers made (17) and field goal percentage (68.0%), while adjusting to a new season that featured five players seeing
action for KU for the first time.
Entering the year, Kutztown was led by senior Ethan Ridgeway, redshirt-junior Anthony Lee, and junior Dan Cuevas. The three Golden Bears are the most experienced on the roster.
Against the Nittany Lions, both Ridgeway and Lee set individual program records. Ridgeway broke his mark for assists in a game from last year (14) with 16 Saturday, and Lee tied a school record with eight 3-pointers made, while scoring a new career-high 34 points. He shot 12-of-13 from the field, including 8-of-9 from three-point range.
Cuevas tallied 19 points and four rebounds.
All 11 KU players that saw the court recorded points, including juniors Ricky Hicks and David Johnson, and sophomore Josh Townsend, who all broke their own previous records for points in a game. Hicks and Johnson both finished with 12 points and Townsend had eight.
Redshirt-freshman Moe Williams burst onto the scene in his first collegiate game. He tallied 13 points and eight rebounds, joining Ridgeway, Lee, Cuevas and Rafiq Marshall in the starting lineup. Marshall was the sixth KU player to record double-figures in points, finishing with 10.
Senior captain Demetrius Bennett had seven points, three rebounds and three assists.
Sophomore Oenis Medina and freshmen Kiyon Hardy and Joseph O’Brien rounded out the Golden Bears who found their names in the scoring column. Townsend ended with eight points and Hardy and Medina both contributed six.
The Devils (2-0) won both of their games last weekend in the Wilmington Tip-Off Classic, 63-54 over LIU Post on Friday, and 79-67 against New York Institute of Technology Saturday.
The Sciences features three players averaging double-digits in points per game (ppg) on the year, including Brendan Crawford (20.0 ppg), Will Gregorits (16.5) and Paddy Casey (12.5).