RELEASE DATE: 3/02/10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kutztown outlast Mansfield
65-61 in PSAC quarterfinal
– Mansfield’s Yuseff Carr and Ryan
Callahan combined for 38 points but it wouldn’t
be enough to offset a combined 48 points by Stephen
Dennis and Julius Gray as Kutztown outlasted Mansfield
65-61 in a PSAC quarterfinal playoff game at a loud
Decker Gymnasium Tuesday night.
“You have got to be able to make open shots against a
zone,” said head coach Rich Miller. “We
didn’t do that tonight and it was a simple as that. We
played hard but we just could make an open shot when we
Kutztown jumped out to a 12 point lead midway through
the first half taking a 24-12 advantage on a jumper by
Ryan Washington. Mansfield went on a 14-2 rally over the
final 10 minutes of the close the gap to 30-26 at
Mansfield, which shot 25% from the floor in the first
half to Kutztown’s 54.2% got 10 first half points from
Kutztown increased its lead to 49-37 with just over 11
minutes to play on a jumper by Stephen Dennis before
Mansfield started a slow march back going on a 10-0 run
to cut the lead to 48-47 on a jumper by Carr with 7:09
Mansfield trailed 55-53 when Carr sank a pair of free
throws with 1:35 to play but Julius Gray hit a jumper
four second later and Mansfield could pull no closer.
Mansfield shot 31.7% from the floor, its second-lowest
showing of the season making just 19-of-60 shots from
Carr scored 20 points with eight rebounds while Callahan
had18 points and Justin Simmons 12.
Dennis and Gray each scored 24 for Kutztown.
Mansfield (19-9) is on the bubble for an NCAA regional
bid with the latest regional rankings coming out
Kutztown advances to the PSAC Final Four which will be
held at East Stroudsburg on Friday and Saturday.
Mansfield host Millersville this
Saturday afternoon in Decker Gymnasium.