West Chester University continued one of the best stretches in the history of its men’s basketball program with another major contribution from JB Hoops alum Josh Samec Friday night.
Samec had 12 points and 12 rebounds for his team-high fourth double-double of the season when West Chester returned from a 13-day holiday break to defeat visiting Shepherd University, 84-77.
The Golden Rams improved to 6-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and 12-0 overall, matching the best start in team history.
Samec dominated on the defensive glass where he got all of his rebounds.
Offensively, Samec stepped away from the basket, going 3-for-5 on 3-pointers and making his only shot inside the arc. He was 1-for-3 from the foul line.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Hazleton Area has steadily taken on an increasing role with the Golden Rams as they have risen to 10th in the country in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II rankings. West Chester is one of just two unbeaten Division II teams nationally.
Samec played 37 minutes Friday and also had 4 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot.
West Chester set a school record for consecutive wins for 15 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament with Samec playing a limited role. This season, he is averaging 11.2 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting well, hitting 51.7 percent from the floor, 43.4 on 3-pointers and 76.0 from the line.