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2022 senior class with head coach Justin Dunbar-Stevens
2022 senior class with head coach Justin Dunbar-Stevens

Brandywine Celebrates Senior Night With Victory Over First-Place Wilkes-Barre

MEDIA, Pa. -- Penn State Brandywine knocked off the No. 1 team in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, celebrating its men's basketball Senior Night in style with a 72-52 victory over Penn State Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night.

Brandywine, which ended Wilkes-Barre's seven-game winning streak and dealt the visitors just their third loss of the season, limited the Wilkes-Barre to just 32 percent shooting and a season-low 52 points.

The Lions faced an early five-point deficit, but rallied to go in front for the first time when Colin Hockenbrock (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) sank a layup at the 11:41 mark. Wilkes-Barre briefly reclaimed the lead before back-to-back baskets from Jaden Kelly (Philadelphia, Pa./GAMP) and Johnta Dunson (Philadelphia, Pa./Freire Charter) put the Lions on top for good.

Brandywine, which ended the first half with four-straight points to stretch its lead to six, stormed out of the locker room, opening up a 20-point margin through seven minutes. After Wilkes-Barre had trimmed the deficit to four, Bryce Barrouk (Glen Mills, Pa./Rustin) buried a three-pointer that jumpstarted an 18-2 Brandywine surge. Barrouk added two more triples during the run, while Jamar Wright (Wilmington, Del./Conrad School of Science) capped the surge with a three-pointer, giving Brandywine a 57-37 edge.

The Lions withstood a charge from Wilkes-Barre as the visitors held Brandywine without a point for 5:32 and scored 11-straight points to get within nine. Barrouk ended the Wilkes-Barre run with a three-pointer and later added a jumper to get the margin back to 14 points with under five minutes to play.

Wilkes-Barre again closed within nine, but would get no closer as the Lions ended the game with nine consecutive points to run away with the victory.

Barrouk led all scorers with 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Hockenbrock also notched a double-double, tallying 16 points and 12 rebounds. Wright produced nine points and six boards, while Dunson chipped in eight points and five rebounds.

Brandywine held a 45-34 edge on the glass and shot 43 percent from the field, while sinking 12-of-14 free throws. The Lions forced 16 Wilkes-Barre turnovers.

Brandywine (12-15, 10-6 PSUAC) faces Penn State York for its final regular-season home game Saturday at 3:00 PM.