SRU Good News for Feb. 19, 2009
Men's basketball secures long-awaited PSAC tournament berth
For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, the Slippery Rock University men's basketball team has earned a berth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's postseason tournament.
The Rock, under the leadership of first-year head coach Kevin Reynolds, locked up the tournament berth Wednesday with a 102-65 win over Lock Haven in Morrow Field House. The win improved the team's season records to 17-7 overall and 8-3 in PSAC-Western Division action and gave SRU sole possession of third place in the division standings. The Rock trails co-leaders Gannon and Indiana University of Pennsylvania by one game and has the same one-game lead over fourth-place Edinboro.
The Rock will open conference tournament action March 3 at a site yet to be determined.
If SRU finishes the regular season in either first or second place in the division standings, the March 3 game will be played in Morrow Field House. A third- or fourth-place finish in the division standings will send The Rock on the road for the first round of the playoffs.
A top-three finish in the division standings would put SRU in position to possibly host the semifinal and final games of the conference tournament March 6 and 7.
The Rock women's basketball team is also in position to earn its first conference tournament berth since the 2005-06 season. Ninth-year head coach Laurel Heilman's squad has a 10-14 overall record, a 5-6 PSAC-West mark and is in sole possession of fourth place in the division standings. As is the case in men's competition, the top four teams in the division at the end of the regular season will advance to the conference tournament.
The Rock men and women have three regular-season games remaining on their 2008-09 schedule, culminating with a 3 p.m. tipoff Feb. 28 at home against IUP.
The match-up against IUP is Community Appreciation Day and everyone is being invited to join the SRU family for an afternoon of free, family fun. There will be no admission charge for the Feb. 28 games, but fans are urged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the local food bank. The SGA Bookstore will also give a coupon for a 20 percent discount on merchandise to anyone who donates a food item. Each fan donating a food item will also receive a coupon for a free soda, tea or coffee with a meal purchase at the Texas Roadhouse in the Clearview Mall.
In other Rock athletic news, two SRU student-athletes were named this week as winners of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference "Athlete of the Week" honors. Senior point guard Kyle Camper from Salisbury, Md., won the men's basketball honor, while junior Jenn Harpp from Highland Heights, Ohio, received the women's indoor track and field citation.
<<p style=" margin-top: 0in; font-family: 'Times New Roman,'; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12.0pt;"> Harpp broke the PSAC and SRU records in the 5,000-meter run last Saturday while competing in the Akron [Ohio] Open.
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