Wolves Hold On for 69-60 NEAC Victory

Cliff Stevens (12) led the Wolves with 19 points and 9 rebounds -- Photo by Ed Webber
Cliff Stevens (12) led the Wolves with 19 points and 9 rebounds -- Photo by Ed Webber

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Basketball team withstood a second half rally by visiting Penn College to defeat the Wildcats 69-60 in a North Eastern Athletic Conference game on Wednesday.

Cliff Stevens was the lone player for Keuka College (3-3, 1-0 NEAC) in double figures. The senior finished with a season-high 19 points. He also led the Wolves with nine rebounds. Trevor Powell finished with eight points, four rebounds, and career-high six assists.

Keuka College 69 vs. Penn College 60

The Wolves came out firing on Wednesday, making their first three three-point attempts of the game to stake and early 11-2 lead over Penn College five minutes in. The Green and Gold pushed their lead out to 15 points as the game neared the midway point of the first half on a jumper by Trevor Powell to make it 22-7. Penn College would fight to remain in the game. The Wildcats outscored the Wolves 15-8 over the final five minutes of the first half, but Keuka College would maintain a 10-point lead, 39-29 at the half.

Penn College would continue to cut into the lead. The Keuka College lead was down to five points at 48-43 with 10 minutes left to play. A three pointer by David Oliveras pushed the lead back to eight points, but the Wildcats stuck around. A three by Penn College with 7:20 left made it a one-possession game at 53-50. Later in the half, the lead would be down to one, but the Wolves responded with seven unanswered points to create separation. Keuka College would continue onto the 69-60 conference victory.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College remains perfect against Penn College, defeating the Wildcats in all four meetings
  • The win snapped a two-game losing streak in North Eastern Athletic Conference openers for the Wolves
  • Keuka tied its season-high in shooting percentage, going 57.1% from the field

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves return to the hardwood this Saturday, playing at SUNY Poly. The Wildcats swept the season series with the Wolves last year. The Green and Gold will return to the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center on Tuesday, December 5 as the Wolves host Alfred University at 7pm.