Men’s basketball poised for third straight PSAC playoff berth

Bret Pallotto
Sports Editor
bmp6070@lhup.edu
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Heading into their matchup against the Cheyney Wolves, the Lock Haven University men’s basketball team is sixth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division.

West Chester (18-3, 14-3 PSAC), Kutztown (17-4, 14-3 PSAC), East Stroudsburg (16-5, 12-5 PSAC), Bloomsburg (13-8, 11-6 PSAC) and Shippensburg (14-8, 11-7 PSAC) have all clinched PSAC Tournament berths.

Lock Haven (11-11, 7-11 PSAC) currently holds the final playoff spot as they are ahead of Mansfield, Millersville and Cheyney with four games to play.

Head coach Mike Nestor has his team positioned to claim their third PSAC playoff birth in as many seasons. His team has relied on its depth throughout the season, rather than one standout performer.

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To illustrate this point, Cole Renninger is the only player to start all 22 games this season, but is seventh in minutes per game. Twelve players average more than 10 minutes per game and seven average 19.9 minutes or more.

Additionally, nine separate players have lead the team in points in any specific game this season.

Brahieme Jackson (right), who leads the team in minutes, in points (10.0) and in rebounds (6.7). Jackson has provided a steady inside presence for Lock Haven after he missed all of last season with an eye injury.

Jackson will look to lead Lock Haven to a victory over Cheyney and while they are not able to clinch a PSAC tournament berth with a win, it would certainly go a long way.

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