Wolves Race Past Wildcats in Men’s Basketball

James Barnes (10) scored a career-best 33 while recording a double-double -- Photo by Ed Webber
James Barnes (10) scored a career-best 33 while recording a double-double -- Photo by Ed Webber

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Basketball team defeated Penn College 95-88 on Friday night in a North Eastern Athletic Conference game at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

Keuka College (6-16, 5-10 NEAC) was led by double-doubles from both James Barnes and Nolan Ivey. Barnes scored a career-high 33 points and added 10 rebounds. Ivey posted 15 points and 12 boards for the Wolves.

Keuka College 95 vs. Penn College 88

It was a fast start by both teams in a back-and-forth first half. Devin Milton knocked down a three for the Green and Gold to tie the game at 10-10. That started a 7-0 run for the Wolves as Keuka took the lead. The teams would trade the lead throughout the half. James Barnes and Nolan Ivey led the Wolves in the half. Barnes had 16 points in the frame while Ivey added 12 points and seven rebounds. Keuka College pushed their lead to five in the final minute and led 46-41 at the half.

The Wildcats came out of the locker room fast, scoring the first eight points to take the lead, but Keuka responded right back. The Wolves answered with seven unanswered to regain the lead and Keuka College would not look back. Without any large run, the Green and Gold continued to work their lead up. Keuka led by as many as 15 midway through the half. Penn College cut into the Keuka advantage late. A layup by the Wildcats made it 89-87, but a three by Alex Medellin quickly reestablished the two-possession lead for Keuka. Penn College would only net a free throw the rest of the way as Keuka defeated Penn 95-88.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College remains a perfect 7-0 all-time against Penn College
  • It was the most points Keuka has ever scored in the seven-game series with the Wildcats
  • James Barnes added a career-high eight assists, finishing just two assists shy of a triple-double
  • Barnes now has 853 career points. In the first half, the junior hit a three for the top of the key. It was the first made three-pointer of his career
  • Barnes recorded his seventh double-double of his career and Ivey got his second of the season
  • The Wolves shot 12-17 from the free throw line for 70.6% while the Wildcats shot 11-25 from the line for 44%
  • Four of the made free throws were by James Barnes, giving him 109 this season, second-most in program history

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will close the 2019-20 season on Saturday as Keuka College hosts Penn St.-Berks at 1pm. Prior to the game, there will be the annual Parents' Day ceremony for the families of the 2019-20 Men's Basketball team.