KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Men's Basketball team earned their fourth North Eastern Athletic Conference of the season, defeating Penn College 73-59 on Friday night.
The Wolves (4-18, 4-13 NEAC) will close their 2016-17 season on Saturday. Keuka College hosts the College of St. Elizabeth at 3pm at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.
Cliff Stevens grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in the win. He earned his second double-double of the season, adding in 20 points for the Wolves. Keuka College was led in scoring by Cameron Winston. The freshman scored a game-high 23 points, his fourth 20+ point performance of his rookie season.
The two teams opened slowly on Friday, halfway through the first the game was tied at 14-14. With the game tied at 21-21 and six minutes left in the first half, Keuka College increased their offense. They would outscore Penn College 17-8 in the final minutes of the half. The half was capped by a buzzer-beating three pointer by Cliff Stevens. That gave Stevens a double-double in the first half alone with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Keuka College led 38-29 at the half.
Penn College came out of the locker rooms and quickly cut into the lead, scoring the first eight points in the half, forcing Keuka to call a timeout. The breather settled the Wolves as they got on the scoreboard, but minutes later, the Wildcats tied the game at 40-40. A personal 5-0 run by Cameron Winston gave Keuka the lead and they would not look back. With nine minutes left, Winston crossed over his defender and hit a step-back three to give Keuka a 50-43 lead. The margin would be pushed to 10 points with five minutes left to play as Cliff Stevens knocked down a three. The dagger came from sophomore Matt Estes nailed a three with 2:15 left to give the Wolves a 67-57 advantage. Estes also delivered the exclamation point as Keuka beat the press and the sophomore threw down a slam dunk on the break as Keuka would defeat Penn College 73-59.