PSAC basketball finals set for this afternoon
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference will stage an all-East final on the men’s side and an all-West final on the women’s side in its basketball championship games today.
East Stroudsburg will play West Chester in the men’s championship game at 3:30 p.m. East Stroudsburg (27-1) advanced by beating Mercyhurst (17-12), 63-55, on Saturday, and West Chester (20-8) earned a berth in the championship game with a 77-76 overtime victory over Gannon (19-9). Both semifinals were played at East Stroudsburg, the tournament host. East Stroudsburg won the title in 2012-13, and West Chester has never won the championship in the tournament format.
East Stroudsburg and West Chester met twice this season, with the Warriors sweeping the series, 107-94 and 74-71.
On the women’s side, Edinboro and Gannon will meet for the third time this season to decide the title. Edinboro (23-5) rolled over West Chester (19-9), 104-82, and Gannon (27-2) held off Bloomsburg (24-4), 57-51, in Saturday’s semifinals at Edinboro. The championship game tips off at 1 p.m.
Edinboro handed Gannon its only losses this season, 75-72 in overtime and 69-57.
Both games are being televised live on PCN.
Following the championship games, the NCAA will meet to determine regional tournament berths, with automatic bids going to the PSAC and CIAA champions. In the Atlantic Region, East Stroudsburg entered this week ranked No. 2. behind West Liberty (W.Va.), which plays Charleston (W.Va.) in the Mountain East Conference championship today. The Mountain East champion does not get an automatic bid.
IUP entered the week ranked third and seemed like a lock to earn a berth despite losing to Mercyhurst in the PSAC quarterfinals on Tuesday. Gannon was ranked fifth. No other PSAC teams were in the top 10.
In the women’s rankings, Gannon was first, followed by Glenville (W.Va.) State, Edinboro and Bloomsburg. No other PSAC teams were ranked.
Glenville was playing Charleston (W.Va.) in today’s Mountain East championship game.