The Central Penn men’s basketball team headed north on Friday––some 8+ hours and 500 miles away––to play back-to-back games against two tough opponents, Southern Maine Community College and Central Maine Community College. Nothing’s easy on the road, especially when you’re missing one of your starters and strongest contributors, Ryan Lawrence, due to injury.
On Saturday, the Knights fell to Southern Maine, 86–75, in overtime. Central Penn overcame a three-point deficit at halftime to tie it up at the end of regulation, 74–74. In overtime, the Knights ran out of gas and the home team pulled away for the victory. Noah Baylor led Central Penn with 22 points. He got strong support from starters Tyler White with 15 points and Deon Tabb with 10.
On Sunday, the Knights squeaked out a 75–72 win over host Central Maine. Again, the visitors trailed at halftime (40–35), but this time they pulled out a victory by outscoring their opponents by 8 points in the second half. Five Knights were in double figures, including Tabb with 15, Will Grant 14, Jaleel Gary 12, Baylor 12 and Tyreke Woodard 10. A come-from-behind win is always a good way to end a tough road trip!
It doesn’t get easier for the Knights, though. They have another road trip this weekend to upstate New York, facing conference rival Bryant & Stratton-Liverpool on Saturday and Bryant & Stratton-Greece on Sunday.