Comeback Falls Just Short for Men’s Basketball Team in NCAA Atlantic Region Finals

Posted on 3/14/2011 2:38:36 PM
Darryl Webb finished his IUP career with 23 points and 16 rebounds in the NCAA Atlantic Region Championship Game on March 15, 2011. Photo courtesy of IUP Athletics

The men’s basketball team’s season ended March 15, 2011, in the NCAA Atlantic Region championship game with an 89-86 loss to host and top seed West Liberty.

The Crimson Hawks cut a 16-point deficit to two and had two shots at a game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds but could not convert.

They finished the season with a record of 26-6. West Liberty, the number-one team in the nation, remained undefeated at 32-0 and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. The Hilltoppers also avenged an 84-72 loss to IUP in the Atlantic Region championship game a year ago.

Senior forward Darryl Webb finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds—his fifty-fourth career double-double. He concludes his four years at IUP as the all-time leader in games played (126), points (1,949), rebounds (1,214), field goals made (708), and blocked shots (162).

Four other Crimson Hawks reached double figures in the championship game: Julian Sanders, 17 points; Kevin Stewart, 13; Scooter Renkin, 12; and Ashton Smith, 11. Webb and Smith were named to the all-tournament team.

Find more details on the IUP Athletics website: IUP Comeback Falls Just Short in Atlantic Regional Championship Game Loss to West Liberty.