PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Penn State Brandywine head men's basketball coach Ben Kay was named coach of the year, while the team's four seniors were honored by the Sam Cozen Small College Basketball Coaches Association at its end-of-year dinner on Monday night.
Kay, whose team posted a 21-8 record during his first season at Brandywine, ushered one of the most remarkable turnarounds in college basketball in 2017-18. Brandywine won its first-ever Penn State University Athletic Conference title and matched the 2005-06 squad for the second-highest, single-season win total in program history one season after finishing with a 6-19 record. Prior to Kay's arrival, Brandywine had won just 20 games total during the previous four seasons.
The Lions won 13 conference games during the regular season for the first time since 2005-06 and finished second overall in the PSUAC standings.
Playing in their first conference title game in 27 years, Kay's Lions knocked off Penn State Wilkes Barre 72-63 on their home floor to capture the league crown and automatic bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. Seeded fifth during the USCAA Tournament, Brandywine bested NHTI 91-86 in overtime to reach the national semifinals, becoming the first men's team from Brandywine to accomplish the feat.
Under Kay's direction, Brandywine led the conference and tied for ninth nationally in scoring at 84.0 points per game. The Lions reached 100 points on three occasions with their high mark coming in a 117-66 victory over Davis College on Nov. 30. Brandywine's 117 points were its highest total since 1970 and most ever against a four-year opponent.
Brandywine four seniors, Terrence Brown (Philadelphia, Pa./Communications Tech), James Fisher (Philadelphia, Pa./Upper Darby), Isaiah Lester (Morton, Pa./Ridley) and Donte Winfield (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz), all played a major role in helping the team win the conference title.
Brown, a First Team USCAA All-American and First Team All-PSUAC performer, led the team in scoring (18.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.2), while playing in all 28 games. Brown scored 20 points in six-straight games during the middle of the season and collected 13 overall, while also recording nine double-doubles.
One of the top shooters in the conference, Fisher added 16.1 points per outing after shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc this season. He became the sixth men's basketball player at Brandywine to reach 1,000 career points in December and finished his 84-game stint third all-time in scoring with 1,225 points.
Winfield, Brandywine's starting point guard, produced 15.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. His 32-point, 21-rebound performance, the first-ever 30-point, 20-rebound game by a Lion, against NHTI helped propel the team into the national semifinals. Winfield's 21 rebounds set a single-game school record.
Lester appeared in all 28 games for Brandywine, aveaging 3.2 points per outing. He buried six triples and netted a career-high 22 points overall in the Lions' PSUAC semifinal victory over Penn State York, helping push Brandywine into the conference title game.
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February 9, 2018 Seniors Pace Brandywine To Victory In Regular-Season Finale
February 6, 2018 York Downs Brandywine 78-73
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February 3, 2018 Lions Battle Past Schuylkill 86-81
February 2, 2018 Brandywine Runs Past Hazleton, Into Postseason
January 30, 2018 Second-Half Surge Sparks Brandywine To Sweep Of Mont Alto
January 27, 2018 Brandywine Holds Off New Kensington For 76-62 Victory
January 26, 2018 Brandywine Claims Key PSUAC Victory In Overtime
January 23, 2018 Brandywine Overcomes Williamson In Final Non-Conference Test
January 20, 2018 GA Drops Brandywine In Double Overtime
January 19, 2018 Brandywine Holds Off Late Beaver Rally For 70-57 Win
January 15, 2018 Brandywine Outlasts Wilkes Barre 109-100 In Double Overtime
January 13, 2018 Brown Helps Brandywine Bounce Back At Mont Alto
January 12, 2018 DuBois Sends Brandywine To First PSUAC Loss
January 10, 2018 USCAA Selects Fisher National Player Of The Week
January 3, 2018 Late Run Propels Haverford Past Brandywine
December 20, 2017 Alvernia Halts Brandywine’s Winning Streak At Seven
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December 5, 2017 Brown Lands PSUAC Player Of The Week Award
December 5, 2017 Fisher Reaches 1,000 Career Points In Victory Over York
December 2, 2017 Lions' Winning Run Reaches Five Games With Road Victory
November 30, 2017 Brandywine Displays Historic Offensive Showcase In Rout Of Davis
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November 28, 2017 PSUAC Names Tindley Player Of The Week
November 28, 2017 Brandywine Opens PSUAC Slate With Victory At Schuylkill
November 26, 2017 Brandywine Fends Off Valley Forge; Evens Record At 2-2
November 21, 2017 Brandywine Picks Up First Victory, 90-83, At Abington
November 18, 2017 Brandywine Downed By Penn In The Palestra
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