DuBois Nittany Lions invited to USCAA Basketball National Championship
On Monday afternoon (2/11), the Penn State DuBois men’s basketball program received an official bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2008 Division II Men’s Basketball Championship in South Portland, Maine, February 27-March 1. For the second year in a row, the DuBois Nittany Lions will be making their presence known at the USCAA tournament at Southern Maine Community College.
DuBois head coach Dave Bennett is proud of the hard work his squad has put in, and the opportunity they have to compete at the national level again this year. “We are very excited to have an opportunity to compete in the National Tournament. This is a great honor and will be an excellent experience for the players in our program. I am very happy for the guys because the hard work, dedication and sacrifice they have shown has helped us meet one of our team goals.”
But Bennett is mindful that the national championship bid comes along while there is still unfinished business in the state conference. That reality was brought into sharp focus over the past week with a 1-and-1 PSUAC record in the past two games (an 87-70 win over PSU Greater Allegheny on Thursday and a tough 78-86 loss to northern division leader PSU Hazleton on Sunday.) “We need to stay focused because we have 3 difficult [PSUAC] conference games over the next week and a half,” said Bennett. “Once the playoffs begin, its a new season where every team is 0-0, and I think our players will welcome the challenge.”
The DuBois men travel to PSU Fayette on Wednesday afternoon, and then host PSU Beaver in the Multipurpose Building gymnasium at home on Saturday at 3:00pm.