Panthers To Host Franciscan For Second-Straight Home Game Saturday

Photo by Erika Helo
Photo by Erika Helo

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men's basketball team will play its second-straight home game, hosting Franciscan Saturday at the KOA Arena for an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference matchup.

Pitt-Bradford is looking to avenge a 65-56 loss on Dec. 9 on the road in the two teams' first meeting. Colby Mills was the game's leading scorer with 24 points on 6-11 on three-point field goals. Christian Kelly-Perkins scored 12 points off the bench, nine of which coming at the free-throw line.

Kelly-Perkins enters Saturday 22 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau for his collegiate career. The Pittsburgh native has spent the last two seasons at Pitt-Bradford and previously played at La Roche and Penn State-Beaver.

He is coming off 13 points Wednesday against Alfred State to lead the Panthers offensively. All 13 of his points came in the second half, and he shot 3-5 from long range. 

Dylan Niedermeyer also scored 13 points Wednesday to tie Kelly-Perkins.

On the season, Desmond Brogsdale holds the highest scoring average on the team with 12.4 points per game. Kelly-Perkins is close behind with 11.9 points per game and Niedermeyer also averages double-figures with 10.3 points per game.

With 3.8 assists per game, Reggie Rogers is the fifth-best distributer in the conference.

The Pitt-Bradford department of athletics and Alpha Phi Omega chapter will host the third-annual "Teal There's a Cure" campaign Saturday to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. Players will wear teal t-shirts during warmups and on the bench. 

T-shirts, ribbons and cookies will be sold, and a table for donations will be set up in the lobby of the KOA Arena. 

All money raised will be donated to the Evans-Krivak Gynecological Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Bradford residents, Dr. George and Susan Evans, who is an ovarian cancer survivor and established the fund in honor of Dr. Thomas Krivak, the doctor who treated her.

Saturday's game is set for a 2 p.m. tipoff.

About Franciscan:

  • The Franciscan Barons come to the KOA Arena with a 3-15 overall record and 2-9 conference mark. Since their win over Pitt-Greensburg on Jan. 3, the Barons have lost six-straight games.
  • The Barons score 58.3 points per game, the lowest scoring offense in the conference. Their defense holds opponents to 72.9 points, however, the fourth-best scoring defense in the AMCC.
  • Franciscan has the conference's best rebounds in Matt Trent, who grabs 8.8 boards per game.
  • The team's leading scorer is Juwan Perkins at 9.2 points per game. Trent is second with 8.5 points per game.