McKeesport, Pa. – The United States Collegiate Athletic Association released their weekly power rankings on Wednesday naming the top 20 Division II USCAA Basketball teams across the country. Thanks to their hot start to the season, the Penn State Greater Allegheny Men’s Basketball Team (8-3, 3-0) was ranked #5 in the nation, up one spot from last week’s #6 ranking.
The poll comes out after PSUGA won both of their games last weekend against Penn State Schuylkill and Penn State Hazleton to jump out to a perfect 3-0 start to Penn State University Athletic Conference Play. PSUGA won their first four games of the season before falling to Clarion for their first loss. Then, after a stretch of losing three out of four games, they are back to playing the winning basketball they saw at the beginning of the year.
A big reason for the team’s success has been their high-powered offense. They are averaging 88.9 points per game and have scored 90 or more points in five of their 11 games so far this season, and in those five games they have a record of 4-1. Jordon Payne (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) has been one of the driving forces to the offensive performance as he leads the team in both PPG (24.2) and three-point percentage (50.8).
Head Coach Tyler Care has been impressed with his offense’s performance, but was looking for the defense to step up and limit the opposition. Well, that is something they have done well in the last couple of games as they have had to win close contests against both Penn State Beaver and Hazleton.
Six other PSUAC teams appear in the USCAA Top 20 list and PSUGA is one of just two PSUAC teams to be able to crack the top 10. The rest of the Top 10 looks like this:
- Villa Maria College
- Berkeley College-NY
- Central Penn College
- Penn State Greater Allegheny
- University of Cincinnati-Clermont
- Southern Maine CC
- Warren Wilson College
- Penn State York
- Central Maine CC
PSUGA will wrap up the 2017 half of their 2017/18 season on Friday when they take on Penn State DuBois in the second half of a Men’s and Women’s Doubleheader. Tip-off for the men’s game on Friday is scheduled for 8 p.m.