UNIONTOWN, Pa. — Fullcourt pressure allowed the University of Maine at Augusta to turn a seven-point second-half deficit into a 14-point lead. The Moose then held off a furious comeback for a 73-68 victory over Penn State-Wilkes Barre in the opening game of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Division II men’s basketball national championship.
Jawaan Stalling led the Moose with 31 points, and Moses Braithwaite added 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Stalling fueled the surge that gave UMA a 59-45 advantage with 5:05 ro plau before Wilkes Barre roared back to close to within three points.
UMA will face No. 1 seed Williamson on Thursday at 8 p.m.
UC-Clermont 70, CMCC 61
UNIONTOWN, Pa. — The University of Cincinnati at Clermont held off a late rally to open with a 70-61 triumph over Central Maine Community College in the USCAA Division II men’s basketball national tournament on Wednesday.
The Mustangs trailed 54-41 with 11 minutes remaining before erupting on a 15-2 surge, capped by Matt Scevoir’s 3-pointer to tie the game at 56-56 with 4:08 remaining in the game.
Clermont limited CMCC to two baskets the rest of the way, closing out the game with an 11-2 run.
Central Maine shot just 38 percent from the field, while Clermont was successful 45 percent of the time.
Tyler Smithgall led CMCC with 25 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Cam Angell added 15 points. and Matt Lyons chipped in with 11 rebounds.
The Mustangs return to action Thursday at 2 p.m. when they face Penn State-Wilkes Barre in the losers’ bracket.