Du Bois, PA--- Conference Rival PSU Beaver uses bench depth to surpass PSU Dubois.
Before the start of the game Dubois' Derrick "Nooch" Williams was honored for his 4 year dedication to the program with the receipt of a framed PSU Dubois Game Jersey. Coach Howard presented the jersey to Derrick before team introductions. Coach Howard stated "Derrick will be missed within our program, his defensive pressure and tenacity will be hard to match going forward. We wish the best to him and his future endeavors".
Going into the game, both teams knew the challenge that awaited. As no surprise Penn State Beaver started with energy as they continuously set up in their run and jump style full court press, but Penn State Du Bois matched their energy by mirroring beavers scoring ability. With 11 minutes left in the first half the game was tied 18-18. Soon after that Beaver went on a 7-0 run. Beaver's [James] helped them push ahead by scoring 10 points in 3 minutes to push the lead to 11 points. Dubois went into halftime down 48-30. Coach Howard knew he had to make the necessary adjustments in order to get back into this game.
Early in the second half Beaver kept their momentum they had in the first half and jumped out to a 15-6 run pushing the lead to 75-45. Dubois was executing and breaking their full court pressure well, however careless turnovers in the back court proved harmful as Beaver took full advantage of the turnovers. Beaver closed the game with continual pressure in securing the victory. Beaver won 92-57 over PSU Dubois. After the game Coach Howard is quoted as saying "Going into tonight, we knew what they were going to bring and we were ready. It was just one of those nights where our shots weren't falling for us. We will continue to work on things as we look to close out the remainder of our season".
Leading scorers for Dubois were Sam Roselli with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and Louie Conde with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Dubois heads to New Kensington on Saturday, February 7.