Local College Basketball Player Surpasses 1,000-point Mark in his Career

SUMMERDALE, PA (02/09/2012)(readMedia)-- Central Penn College business administration major Montez Lacy, of Baltimore, Md., surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his career on the Central Penn Knights men's basketball team on Jan. 28. Lacy entered the away game against Berkeley College of New Jersey with 990 total points and finished the game with a dozen points scored. He is the second Central Penn basketball player in the past decade to accomplish this milestone.

"I'm glad to finally get past this obstacle," says Lacy. "I know a few other players close to this mark who are going to feel the same. Now my focus is on the championship. While the team's morale is high, that's all we're thinking about. It also felt great to have the support of my fans. They travel for me and the team; all that distance to show their support gets me pretty emotional. With their support and the coach's support, I was motivated. Coach Baker gave me the confidence and Coach Lewis developed my game; they're really great coaches. All that's left is to keep this brotherhood we have on the team together and make sure this isn't just a season but a legacy."

In addition to earning and retaining a senior leadership role with the basketball team, Lacy was named one of Central Penn College's Player of the Week this past December.

"I have been humbled to coach a player like Montez who has recreated himself each year for the benefit of the team," says Head Coach David Baker. "Last year as the leading scorer and honorable mention All-American, he understood his role this year as a more complete player (almost a decoy as the other team designed their defenses to stop him). It says a great deal about a player who is willing to do this and put the team first! Montez has transformed his mental and physical makeup on the court through hard work and trust in the coaching staff."

The Central Penn Knights are part of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest USCAA Division II poll.

Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, offering bachelor's and associate degrees in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security and legal studies. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Approximately 83.7 percent of Central Penn graduates are working or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu

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