Penn State York hosts PSUAC Tournament

Trent Thomas goes up for an acrobatic layup in a game against Penn State Lehigh Valley earlier this season, which Penn State York won 77-70.
Trent Thomas goes up for an acrobatic layup in a game against Penn State Lehigh Valley earlier this season, which Penn State York won 77-70.

Penn State York will host the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) men's and women's basketball semifinals and championships on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, in the gymnasium in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. York earned the right to host the tournament as a result of the men's team finishing as the top seed in the PSUAC with a conference record of 15-1.

York clinched the top seed in the conference on Feb. 7, when it beat Penn State Brandywine 90-66

"Penn State York is pleased to host the PSUAC women's and men's basketball semifinals and championships this coming weekend. Our men's basketball team and Coach Petry are to be congratulated in securing the No. 1 seed in the conference to earn this opportunity to host," said Jeff Barkdoll, athletic director at Penn State York. "It is very exciting for us to know that our newly renovated facility will be utilized for a conference-wide event."

York has a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will take to the court at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, when it takes on Penn state Lehigh Valley. Games will take place at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship games on Sunday, Feb. 19. The women's championship is at 3 p.m. and the men's title game is slated for 5 p.m., and York hopes to be in that game. View tournament details online.

"The bar has been set high here at York by previous championship teams. This year's team has now climbed over the first hurdle, winning the regular season championship." -- Parrish Petry, head men's basketball coach, Penn State York

"I am extremely proud of this group. I knew early in the year that they had the potential to be a good team," said Parrish Petry, head men's basketball coach at Penn State York. "Going through a tough conference and finishing 15-1 says an awful lot about their physical and mental toughness."

The men's team won the PSUAC championship three years straight in 2013, 2014 and 2015. York made it to the playoffs last year but fell in the semifinals to Penn State Fayette in overtime.

"The bar has been set high here at York by previous championship teams. This year's team has now climbed over the first hurdle, winning the regular season championship," said Petry. "Our focus is now on the tournament title. As the regular season champion the bullseye gets bigger and brighter; hopefully we will be up for the challenge." 

Attendees to the games will experience the campus' refurbished gym and the $13.5 million addition and renovation to the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, which opened in October 2016. Rosie's, the campus dining facility, will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.