Nigel Cooke scored 24 points and Malik Green had 22 to lead Alvernia over Messiah 77-69 in a MAC Commonwealth game Wednesday at Jack McCloskey Court.
The Golden Wolves (11-3, 17-6), who led by as many as 20 points in the second half, remain in first place in the conference, 1.5 games ahead of Widener (9-4, 14-7). Alvernia has two league games remaining; Widener has three.
Jakob Kelly had 18 points and Jalil Schenck 12 for the Golden Wolves. Berks Catholic grad Keba Mitchell had nine rebounds.
Tyler Penley led Messiah (4-9, 9-13) with 18 points.
Albright 80, Eastern 72 >> Wednesday at St. Davids, Robert Mangum scored 23 points to lead the Lions (5-9, 8-14) to the MAC Commonwealth win over the Eagles (7-6, 14-8).
Mangum was 8-for-9 from the field, including 4-of-5 on 3-pointers.
Eric Chamberlain had 12 points and Oadir Mitchell 11 for Albright, which outscored Eastern 11-5 over the final 3:38 to put it away.
Draig Cooley led the Eagles with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Shippensburg 87, Kutztown 80 >> Wednesday at Keystone Arena, Kyree Generett scored 24 points and Robert Tucker had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Bears (5-12, 5-17) in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East loss to the Raiders (13-4, 15-8).
Jalen Bryant and Josh Samec each scored 11 points and Reading High grad Wesley Butler had five for KU.
The Golden Bears cut what had been as much a 19-point, second-half deficit to six, but got no closer.
SUNY Morrisville 80, Penn State Berks 72 >> Wednesday at Berks Campus, Jeff Lorah scored a game-high 24 points for the Nittany Lions (5-7, 7-12) in the United East loss to the Mustangs (7-6, 11-11).
Morrisville used a 19-7 run to turn a 55-47 deficit with 12:42 left into a 66-62 lead with 5:10 left.
Josh Gardner had 13 points and Andre Ballard 10 points for PSU Berks.
Kutztown 74, Shippensburg 47 >> Wednesday at Keystone Arena, Naia Pulliam scored a career-high 31 points and the Golden Bears (9-8, 11-12) took control in the second quarter on the way to the PSAC East win over the first-place Raiders (13-4, 18-5).
KU shot 9-for-14 in the second quarter in outscoring Shippensburg 27-13 to take a 37-19 halftime lead.
Abbey Hearn scored 15 points for the Golden Bears.
Albright 70, Eastern 47 >> Wednesday at St. Davids, Mackenzie Dover scored 15 points and Gabby Boggs had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lions (10-4, 16-7) over the Eagles (2-11, 4-17) for a win that clinched a berth in the MAC Commonwealth playoffs.
CJ Apistar had 12 points, Amina Rauf had 11 and Orianna Edmond 10 rebounds for Albright, which will earn the conference’s No. 2 seed with wins at home vs. Stevenson and Widener in its final two games.
Jeriyah Johnson led Eastern with 13 points.
Messiah 59, Alvernia 49 >> Wednesday at Jack McCloskey Court, the Golden Wolves (9-5, 14-9) clinched a berth in the MAC Commonwealth playoffs despite the loss to the first-place Falcons (13-0, 20-2).
Alvernia led 32-31 with 3:18 left in the third quarter before Messiah took control with a 22-5 run.
The playoff berth, clinched when Stevenson lost to York, is the Golden Wolves’ first in the traditional MAC postseason since 2011. They made the COVID-expanded conference playoffs last season.
Kayla William led Alvernia with 16 points. Jordan Karmonick had 13.
SUNY Morrisville 75, Penn State Berks 48 >> Wednesday at Berks Campus, Lyle Spencer scored 14 points, Hailey Miller 11 and Jalyn Hann 10 for the Nittany Lions (1-11, 1-17) in their United East loss to the Mustangs (11-2, 15-7).
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