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Pairings announced for 2009 USCAA National Basketball Championships

2/27/2009 —

Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus will open up play in the 2009 United States Collegiate Athletic Conference National Basketball Championships with a women’s and men’s doubleheader on March 4. The Lady Roaring Lions will battle Philander Smith, Little Rock, Ark., at 6 p.m., while the men face Central Maine Community College, Auburn, Maine, at 8 p.m.

Pairings were announced from the USCAA National Office in Newport News, Va. A total of five Penn State branch campus schools received bids to the tournament.

Talladega received the top seed in Men’s Division I, followed by Oakwood (2), Rochester College (3) and Southern Virginia (4).

Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference men’s champion Penn State Beaver received the number two seed in Men’s Division II and will face the winner of the Penn State Fayette/Central Maine winner on March 5 at 8 p.m. at Penn State Fayette.  Also in Men’s Division II, Penn State Hazleton (fifth seed) opens play on March 4 at 10 p.m. when it faces Vermont Tech at Penn State Fayette. Penn College of Technology (9), Williamsport, Pa., will play the University of Maine Augusta at 8 p.m. at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

The top seeds in Men’s Division II are Williamson (1), Penn State Beaver (2), Andrews University (3) and Vermont Tech (4).

In addition to Penn State Fayette, the PSUAC champion Penn State Beaver Lady Lions also received a bid to the tournament and is seeded sixth. The Beaver Lady Lions open play on March 4 against Central Maine Community College at Noon at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

In the women’s division, tops seeds are Robert Morris-Springfield (1), Spalding (2), Apprentice School (3) and Southern Virginia (4).

Admission for the tournament is $7 per day or $20 for a four-day pass for all games—including practice games March 3—for persons 14 years of age or older. Admission is free for children and all Penn State Fayette students. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling 724-430-4100, Ext. 4515.

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