|Davis College (2-4)||44||34||78|
|Penn State Wilkes (1-0)||44||44||88|
The Davis College Falcons men’s basketball team returned home for a non-conference matchup with visiting Penn State Wilkes Nittany Lions on Tuesday evening and came up short, 78-88.
Even though it was the first game of the season for Penn State, Davis College knew they were in for a tough one as the Nittany Lions brought in a seasoned group that made it to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship Tournament a year ago. The Falcons, however, were up for the challenge. In the first half neither team led by more than 6 points as the teams exchanged big play after big play. For Davis, Duke Guo (Tang Shin Hebai, China) came off the bench to score 13 first-half points thanks to numerous crafty drives to the basket. Kelvin Tompkins (South Miami, FL) also had a big first half shooting as he sank 3 three-pointers. On Penn State’s side, Kahlil White and Kevin Silverberg led the offensive attack as White had 8 quick points and Silverburg 9 first half points.
The game remained tight throughout the majority of the second half as neither team let up on the attack. Both teams played very efficient as they each connected on over 50% of their field goal tries throughout the game. However, after a timeout with just under 4 minutes to go and the score notted at 69 apiece, the Nittany Lions would clamp down on their defense and make a decisive 12-2 run to put the game out of reach. During the run, Jordan Williams had 8 of his team high 17 points in the interior for Penn State.
For Davis, Guo finished the contest with a season-high 16 points on 5-7 shooting and Tompkins poured in a game-high 24 points on 9-13 shooting including 6-7 from three point range. Junior Jackson Henri had a tremendous all-around game scoring 15 points, grabbing a game-high 8 rebounds, handing out 3 assists, and recording 2 blocks.
Next up the Falcons host the first ever Quality Inn Men’s Basketball Showcase at Davis College. The tournament runs this Friday, 11/16, and Saturday, 11/17, and include SUNY Environmental Sciences and Forestry (NY), Christendom College (VA), and Penn State New Kensington (PA). Friday’s schedule has SUNY ESF and Penn State New Kensington playing at 6:00 p.m. and Davis College playing against Christendom College at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, the consolation game will be played at noon followed by the championship game at 2:00 p.m.
|Pts: Kelvin Tompkins - 24|
|Reb: Jackson Henri - 8|
|Ast: Derrell Calloway - 5|
|Penn State Wilkes|
|Pts: Jordan Williams - 17|
|Reb: Ameer Biddle - 6|
|Ast: Williams, Roberts - 6|