The Waynesburg University men’s basketball team hit the road on Nov. 20 for a non-Presidents’ Athletic Conference showdown with Hiram. The Yellow Jackets need a little extra time to get the job done, but after 45 minutes of game time, they earned a 73-67 overtime win over the Terriers.
With Waynesburg leading 63-61, Hiram knocked down a game-tying jump shot that sent the game into overtime.
The Yellow Jackets’ stout defense took over in the five-minute extra frame as the Terriers were limited to just four points. Waynesburg scored 10 points from four different individuals, including four from sophomore Bryson Wilt. Three of those points came off an eventual game-winning three-pointer that put the Yellow Jackets up 68-65 with 2:33 left in overtime.
Matt Popeck showcased his offensive and defensive skills in helping to lead Waynesburg to its latest win. Not only did he pour in a game-high 23 points, but he also swiped away a contest-best five steals.
A balanced Jacket attack featured five double-digit scorers. Graduate student Nijon Kirkman dropped in 12 points, snagged seven rebounds and made his presence known in the paint with a game-high four blocks, a total that bested Hiram’s three-block effort as a team.
Sophomore Jansen Knotts posted a double-double on 10 points and 10 rebounds. Wilt filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals, while junior point guard Ryan Felberg contributed 10 points.
PS-Berhend 80, Waynesburg 52 — The Yellow Jackets fell into a deep hole early in falling to Penn State Behrend in a non-conference road game.
Marley Wolfe dropped in the first basket for Waynesburg (0-4) but the Lady Lions (4-1) responded by scoring 18 of the next 20 points to build a 14-point lead. The entered the second quarter up 32-9 and pulled away from there.
Sophomore Avery Robinson led the way for Waynesburg with 12 points, all on 3-pointers.
Freshman Madisen Dayton chipped in 10 points, while junior Anika Dansby had a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with a team-high five assists.