Jesse Krasna, Ursinus
Senior, G, 6-0
Fairless Hills, Pa. / Pennsbury HSKrasna averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists, while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor in leading the Bears to a 2-0 week. He had 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in the 61-56 comeback win against Franklin & Marshall. Krasna added 13 points with four helpers in an 89-76 win against Washington College.
Previous Players of the Week
Nov 18: Brett Cohen, Haverford, Sr., F
Nov 25: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Dec 2: Karl Barkley, Swarthmore, Jr., G
Dec 9: Connor Poston, Gettysburg, Sr., F; Malique Killing, Muhlenberg, Jr., G
Dec 16: Andrew Merlo, McDaniel, Jr., G: Austin Curry, Muhlenberg, Sr., G
Dec 23: Cody Kiefer, Gettysburg, Fr., F
Jan 6: Brett Cohen, Haverford, Sr., F
Jan 13: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Jan 20: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Jan 27: Malique Killing, Muhlenberg, Jr., G
Feb 3: Malique Killing, Muhlenberg, Jr., G
Feb 10: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson, Jr., F
Feb 17: Jesse Krasna, Ursinus, Sr., G
Dickinson secured the top seed and the opportunity to host the Centennial semifinals and final with wins against McDaniel and Johns Hopkins. It is the first time that the Red Devils will host the Conference final four and the first time that Dickinson has been at home for a Centennial men's basketball playoff game. The Red and White knocked down 13 three-points against the Green Terror, including four by sophomore G Brandon Angradi (Milford, Pa.). Senior G Adam Honig (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds vs. the Blue Jays.
Final Four Hosts
7 - Franklin & Marshall (2004-05-09-10-11-12-13)
2 - Ursinus (2006-08)
1 - Dickinson (2014)
1 - Johns Hopkins (2007)
Home Centennial Playoff Games
26 of 29 - Franklin & Marshall
10 of 22 - Muhlenberg
9 of 15 - Ursinus
7 of 21 - Johns Hopkins
4 of 14 - Washington College
2 of 21 - Gettysburg
2 of 9 - Haverford
2 of 4 - McDaniel
1 of 4 - Swarthmore
0 of 9 - Dickinson
McDaniel rebounded from a loss at Dickinson to hold off Swarthmore, 53-48. The victory was the 17th of the season for the Green Terror - second-best in program history - and secured a spot in the Centennial playoffs for the first time since 2011. McDaniel can equal or surpass the school mark of 18 single-season wins with victories against Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg this week.
Johns Hopkins senior F Connor McIntyre (Newtown, Pa.) tied a school single-game record with seven blocks in the loss to Dickinson. Eric Toback '05 had seven versus Illinois Wesleyan on December 5, 2003. McIntyre has 131 blocked shots in his career.
After falling behind Franklin & Marshall, 24-1, in the first 10 minutes, Ursinus battled back to defeat the Diplomats, 61-56. Seniors Jesse Krasna (Fairless Hills, Pa.) and Pat Vasturia (Medford, N.J.) combined for 35 points, while the defense held the Diplomats to just one field goal in the final eight minutes, for the Bears' first win vs. F&M since 2008. Sophomore Malik Draper (Scranton, Pa.) scored 27 points in the 89-76 win against Washington College
Franklin & Marshall F Jon Salandra (Harrison, N.Y.) scored 21 points in just 25 minutes as the Diplomats handled Muhlenberg, 66-46. F&M held 'Berg to just 37.8 percent shooting.
Gettysburg remained alive in the playoff chase with wins against Johns Hopkins and Haverford. Junior Sean Gordon (Broomall, Pa.) nearly had a triple-double vs. the Fords with 10 points, nine rebounds, and a career-high nine assists, while freshman Tanner Kirkpatrick (Carlisle, Pa.) led the way with 20 points. Sophomore Kevin Gladstone (Havertown, Pa.) scored a career-high 14 vs. the Blue Jays.
Haverford shot 63.3 percent from the floor in its 86-80 win against Washington College. Senior Brett Cohen (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), who is second in the Centennial in scoring and rebounding, leads the Conference with 10 double-doubles and 22 for his career.
10 - Brett Cohen, Haverford
9 - Kevin Hargrove, Muhlenberg
7 - Gerry Wixted, Dickinson
6 - Cedric Moune, Franklin & Marshall
5 - Jon Salandra, Franklin & Marshall
5 - Joe Keedy, Swarthmore
4 - George Bugarinovic, Johns Hopkins
3 - Cody Kiefer, Gettysburg
2 - Chris Bourne, Swarthmore
2 - Sean Flanigan, Washington College
2 - Tony Hawkins, Washington College
22 - Gerry Wixted, Dickinson
22 - Brett Cohen, Haverford
21 - Kevin Hargrove, Muhlenberg
13 - George Bugarinovic, Johns Hopkins
13 - Jon Salandra, Franklin & Marshall