Kutztown men bury Mansfield early

MANSFIELD – Kutztown scored 17 of the game’s first 19 points and held off any and all challenges from Mansfield on Wednesday night during an 85-74 victory.

“That was unbelievable,” Mansfield head coach Rich Miller said. “We had some good days of practice, but facing it, we just weren’t able to overcome it. I just told the guys that right now it is my responsibility to try and figure out a way to get things done and there is no doubt in my mind that we’ll do that.

“We aren’t defending well and we aren’t shooting the ball and those are two issues that are major problems for us right now. If we don’t overcome those two issues, we are going to have a long year.”

The Golden Bears threatened to run away and hide with the game as they built a 17-2 lead in the game’s first six minutes before holding onto a comfortable advantage at 32-15 with six minutes left in the first half.

“There were some adjustments we had to make, but right now, this is who we are and this is what we have,” Miller said. “We have to figure out a way to do it, but the huge hole we were in from the beginning makes it really tough to get it done.”

Trailing by 17, the Mountaineers (1-6, 0-3 PSAC) went on a 16-8 run to cut the Kutztown lead to 40-31. From there, the two teams played each other even down the stretch as the Bears took a 44-35 halftime lead.

Joe Bell (16) and Charles Becoats (11) scored 27 of Mansfield’s 35 first-half points.

“Charles Pemberton is banged up and at times Onyema Utti has been an offensive threat,” Miller said. “We are still missing Kenny Johnson (high ankle sprain) who we expected to step up for us. We expected Ryan Krawczeniuk to knock down some shots and be more of an offensive threat. Kevonte McClain isn’t an offensive threat and we expected him to give us 10 or 11 points a game and he just hasn’t been able to do that.”

The teams spent the majority of the second half exchanging points, helping Kutztown maintain a seven to nine-point lead before winning by 11.

The Mounties were led by Bell’s 28 points, Becoats added 24. Bell added 10 rebounds for a double-double.

“Joe Bell can score points, but you can’t rely on one person to score when nobody defends,” Miller said. “When that happens, you just aren’t going to win many games.”

The Bears had five players in double figures. Leading the way for KU were Ryan Connolly and Tracy Peal with 18 points each.

KUTZTOWN (2-3 (1-1 PSAC)

Tracy Peal 8-12 2-5 18; Ryan Connolly 6-11 3-4 18; Tyler Brooks 6-8 4-5 17; Josh Johnson 6-8 0-1 12; Austin Beidelman 3-10 4-6 10; Austin Ford 3-5 2-6 8; LeRoy Hoggard 1-2 0-0 2; Rell Sherman 0-0 0-0 0; Brandon Bridy 0-2 0-2 0; Martin Dietrich 0-1 0-0 0; Fred Dukes IV 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 33-60 15-29 85.


Joe Bell 8-12 12-13 28; Charles Becoats 9-22 3-7 24; Charles Pemberton 4-7 3-4 11; Onyema Utti 2-7 1-2 6; Kamil Parzych 1-3 0-0 3; Ryan Krawczeniuk1-6 0-0 2; Xavier Warner 0-0 0-0 0; Brady Burke 0-2 0-2 0; Kevonte McClain 0-2 0-0 0; Ralik Wise 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 19-28 74.

Halftime: Kutztown ahead 44-35. 3-point goals-Kutztown 4-11 (Connolly 3-7; Brooks 1-1; Beidelman 0-2; Dietrich 0-1), Mansfield 5-28 (Becoats 3-14; Parzych 1-3; Utti 1-4; Burke 0-2; Krawczeniuk 0-3; Bell 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Kutztown 35 (Peal 7), Mansfield 40 (Bell 10). Assists-Kutztown 18 (Brooks 8), Mansfield 9 (Krawczeniuk 4). Total fouls-Kutztown 21, Mansfield 22. Technical fouls-None. A-703.