Men’s basketball filling in time by playing NCAA Division 1 opponents

Written By Colton DeBiase, Sports Columnist

Point Park Men’s Basketball has been stepping up in a big way to start the 2020 season by playing two NCAA Division 1 opponents so far in Kent State and Robert Morris, with some more games to come. The Kent State game did not go as planned for the Pioneers as they lost 90-41. The game was played on short notice and so many key players could not participate in the game. 

The Pioneers then traveled up the road to Moon Township to take on Robert Morris, which was broadcasted nationally on ESPN3. The game did result in a Robert Morris win 75-54. The Pioneers were able to hold their ground early, but too many turnovers resulted in the Pioneer’s fate. Point Park will also have two more Division 1 games as they will go back to Ohio tonight to take on Youngtown State and they will travel to Long Island on December 15th to take on Stony Brook.  

Yes, these games are challenging for the Pioneers, but Coach Lewandowski has said they always want to compete regardless of the opponent. I applaud Coach Lewandowski and his team for accepting the challenge to play these games. The scoreboard may beg to differ, but these are experiences the Pioneers can learn from when they enter River States Conference play next month. They know now what it’s like to play against tough opponents, which will make them more potent as a competitor and a team down the stretch when the run begins with conference play.  

Also, since this is our last publishing of the year, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and I cannot wait to see all of you in 2021!