NC State football signees Kyle Newell and Matt Kushner combined for 29 points to lead Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic past Mechanicsburg 59-48 in the PIAA Class AAA first-round game.
Newell, the team's best player who turned down a basketball scholarship offer from St. Joseph's among others to sign a football scholly with the Wolfpack, finished the night with 17 points and 16 rebounds. He hit 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory for Becahi.
The 6-5, 225-pound forward knew his role entering the game.
"I was trying to rebound, play strong defense and get everyone else shots because everybody was playing well," Newell told Michael Blouse of The Express-Times. "It takes a lot of pressure off me. Everybody stepped up."
Kushner, a 6-5, 265-pound center who rarely starts so he can bring a spark off the bench, started against Mechanicsburg and responded with 12 points. Kushner will play defensive end for the NC State football team.
Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic advances to the second round of the PIAA Class AAA Tournament to face District I champion Oxford on Tuesday night.