By Bob Franceski, NEPASportsNation.com
Wednesday’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball schedule saw five District 2 graduates playing or serving as head coach.
Here is a recap of how each did:
BOBBY PLANUTIS, PURDUE FORT WAYNE MEN
6-foot-8 graduate student forward from Hazleton Area
Purdue Fort Wayne (6-4 overall, 1-1 Horizon) defeated host Southeast Missouri State (5-5), 89-68
Started, played 33 minutes; 5/9 FG, 4/8 on 3-pointers, 0/0 FT, 14 points; 3 defensive rebounds; 2 turnovers.
Southeast Missouri State jumped out to a 9-0 lead three minutes into the contest before Planutis scored Purdue Fort Wayne’s first points on a 3-pointer with 16:56 remaining in the first half. …Both teams went back-and-forth until Planutis made another 3-pointer with 8:19 remaining to tie the game at 20. … Planutis is second on the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game and leads the team with 33 3-pointers while hitting 46.5 percent from long range.
Purdue Fort Wayne visits Missouri State Saturday at 8 p.m.
ETHAN MEUSER, STONEHILL COLLEGE MEN
6-foot-8 freshman guard from Wyoming Seminary
Stonehill (4-7) lost to visiting Rider (4-4), 78-67
Came off the bench, played 4 minutes; 1 offensive rebound; no other statistics.
Stonehill held a four-point halftime lead, but Rider outscored the Skyhawks, 43-28, in the second half. … Meuser picked up two quick fouls after entering the game and sat the remainder of the first half. … Rider was Stonehill’s second opponent from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) on the schedule. The Skyhawks lost to Quinnipiac, 102-95, in November.
Stonehill travels to Boston College Tuesday, December 13.
DA’MIR FAISON, NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MEN
6-foot-7 junior forward from Hazleton Area
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) (1-8) lost at Army West Point (5-5), 63-62
Came off the bench, played 5 minutes; 0/1 FG, 0/1 on 3-pointers, 0/0 FT, 0 points; 1 offensive rebound; 1 turnover; 2 blocks.
NJIT battled back from an early double-digit deficit to take a second-half lead but could not hold on for the victory. … NJIT turned the ball over a season-low five times but was outrebounded 52-34.
NJIT visits Farleigh Dickinson University Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
VICTORIA TOOMEY, RIDER UNIVERSITY WOMEN
6-foot-2 senior center from Dunmore
Rider (3-5) lost to visiting St. Joseph’s (9-0), 60-53
Started, played 18 minutes; 1/3 FG, 2/2 FT, 4 points; 1 defensive rebound; 1 assist; 1 turnover.
Rider fell behind early, then mounted a furious comeback that came up just short. St. Joseph’s jumped out early and led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter. Rider outscored St. Joseph’s in each of the three remaining quarters but could not overcome the deficit. … Rider held an 18-4 advantage in bench points.
Rider visits Seton Hall Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.
BECKY BURKE, UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO WOMEN
Head coach from Abington Heights
Buffalo (2-4) defeated host Niagara (1-7), 63-58
Buffalo ended a three-game losing streak by picking up a road win at Big Four rival, Niagara. … Fifth-year guards Zakiyah Winfield and Jazmine Young led the Bulls with 17 points each. Winfield recorded her fourth double-double of the season. … University at Buffalo shot 54.1 percent (20-for-37) and 42.9 percent (3-for-7) from 3-point range, both season-highs. … “They are getting better every single day and it’s starting to show in the win column,” Burke said, according to a recap posted on the university’s athletic website. “They have been patient and are trusting the process this season.”
Buffalo hosts Long Island University Saturday at 2 p.m.