DATE: February 11, 2019
CONTACT: Bob Shreve, SID
PSAC RECOGNIZES SIMPSON, KURT WITH WEEKLY HONORS
Simpson Named PSAC West Athlete of the Week, Kurt Selected Freshman of the Week
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Edinboro men’s basketball team has swept the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division weekly awards for the week ending February 10. Jaryn Simpson (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) has been named the PSAC West Athlete of the Week, while teammate Turner Kurt (Cambridge Springs, Pa./Cambridge Springs) has been selected the PSAC West Freshman of the Week.
The duo helped Edinboro win a pair of contests last week as the Fighting Scots climbed into the hunt for a postseason playoff berth. The week opened with a 96-88 win over Pitt-Johnstown, a team that came into McComb Fieldhouse fourth in the PSAC West. Last Saturday, Edinboro went on the road and rallied from a seven-point second-half deficit to defeat California(Pa.), 79-75. In both instances, Edinboro avenged losses to the teams in January.
Simpson has continued to put together an impressive sophomore campaign. The 6’2” guard did something on Wednesday that has not been done at Edinboro since 2008. He recorded a triple-double against UPJ, the first since Ryan McLemore’s against Slippery Rock in February 2008. Simpson finished with 25 points, his ninth game with 20-or-more points, adding a career-high 14 rebounds, and matching his career-high with 11 assists. He made 8-of-17 shots, including 3-of-9 3-pointers, and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the line. He followed that up with a 13-point effort at California(Pa.) despite battling foul trouble. He added three rebounds and three assists.
Simpson currently ranks eighth in the PSAC in scoring at 18.4 ppg. after averaging 3.4 ppg. as a freshman. He stands second on the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg.) while leading the team in assists (95), steals (16), and 3-pointers made (60).
Kurt played a large role in the two wins, as well. The 6’8” forward scored 17 points in both contests while averaging 4.5 ppg. and shooting 54.2 percent from the floor (13-of-24), including 7-of-14 on 3-pointers. He made 7-of-10 field goals vs. UPJ, including 3-of-5 3-pointers, along with four rebounds. His 17-point effort at Cal featured a 6-for-14 performance from the floor, including 4-of-9 3-pointers. He pulled down five rebounds and had four assists.
Kurt has started the last 10 games, and for the year is averaging 8.9 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. He has made 31-of-81 3-pointers while pacing the Fighting Scots with 15 blocked shots.
Edinboro returns to action on Wednesday, February 13 hosting Seton Hill. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.