UNIONTOWN, Penn.—The Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) men's basketball team defeated the #9-seeded and reigning national champions from Penn State University Wilkes-Barre 70-68 in the opening round of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournament on Sunday, Mar. 8.
Sophomore Anthony Lobor (Portland, Maine) dominated his matchups with 25 points on 9-12 shooting and 2-2 from long range. First-year Pedro Fonseca (Portland, Maine) scored 15, all by way of the three pointer, and added six assists. First-year Cameren Cousins (Wells, Maine) controlled the glass with 10 boards in 21 minutes of action.
Wilkes-Barre's Kevin Silverberg led all scorers in the game with 34 points and 6-8 from beyond the arc.
The SeaWolves lead by a slight margin 37-36 at the break. The see-saw affair continued until Lobor broke a 65-65 tie with an old-fashioned three-point play with less than a minute remaining. Lobor and Cousins both hit free-throws to push the lead to five, before Silverberg connected for a corner three before time expired.
Wilkes-Barre made 22-26 from the stripe, but SMCC converted on 40.6 percent from the floor—seven percentage points better than the opposition.
Men's Basketball wins its first game in the winner's bracket since the 2011 season and moves ahead to play the #1-seeded Wildcats from Johnson & Wales University- Charlotte Monday, Mar. 9 at 8 p.m. WATCH LIVE for follow the GAME CAST.