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ID ZAGFAN
10-26-2012, 06:18 PM
IUP Impresses in Exhibition Loss at Pitt


PITTSBURGH Ė Newcomer Mathis Keita (Thionville, France/Insep) scored a game-high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds as the IUP men's basketball team opened its exhibition season with a 69-54 loss at Pitt on Friday night at the Petersen Events Center.

Keita, a transfer from Gonzaga, finished 6-of-8 from the floor, making both of his three-pointers and all three of his foul shots. He added four assists and a steal in 36 minutes. Wells added 11 points, going 4-of-9 from the field with six assists and two steals while Souberbielle had nine points and four rebounds.


More at link

http://iupathletics.com/news/2012/10/26/MBB_1026125010.aspx


Good luck, Mathis!
ZaGranny

ZagNative
10-26-2012, 06:40 PM
Wow. Good for MK!

Baldwinzag
10-26-2012, 07:54 PM
Thanks for the link, ZagG.

I realize its technically an Old Dog, yet this is worth linking to the Men's Hoop page as an "OT".

Pretty big news, imo.

Go Keita! (was always a big time fan of his game and performances).

Everytime he was given a chance, he displayed his talent, IF he could have remembered the playbook, the kid could have been starter-worthy and the Coaches said as much...they let him start a few games and he performed admirably, yet just couldn't recall the plays on the court, which hurt his chances of addt'l PT.

He'll do a terrific job and have a great career at IUP.

Same with Manny Arop, who is a projected starter at SF for Indiana St as well.

sittingon50
10-26-2012, 09:24 PM
Pitt is a decent program.

Way to go MK!!

ID ZAGFAN
11-03-2012, 08:33 AM
Mathis Keita did well in the loss.

http://www.iupathletics.com/news/2012/11/2/MBB_1102125039.aspx

"Keita finished with 16 points, seven assists and five boards, while Wells added 14 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists. Vedder chipped in four points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of action, while Wiegand tallied eight points and a team-high 11 boards in 25 minutes."

More at the link.

ZaGranny

Bogozags
11-07-2012, 07:39 PM
Two nice performances against two D1 opponents...he does indeed have game.

ID ZAGFAN
11-10-2012, 08:03 PM
http://iupathletics.com/news/2012/11/10/MBB_1110121435.aspx


IUP 91-Pitt Greensburg49

"while Mathis Keita (Thionville, France/Insep) chipped in 13 points, eight rebounds and seven helpers."

Details of the game at the link.

ZaGranny

sittingon50
11-10-2012, 09:38 PM
keep it up, MK.

ID ZAGFAN
11-15-2012, 10:46 AM
http://www.iupathletics.com/news/2012/11/14/MBB_1114123402.aspx

Great pic of Mathis and story about the game.

Three different IUP players scored in double-figures during the comeback, with Mathis Keita (Thionville, France/Insep) netting 17 points, Marcel Souberbielle (Montevideo, Uruguay/Uruguayan American School) 13 and Blake Vedder (Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) 12.

The rally started right after the break as IUP opened with the half's first five points, including a breakaway dunk by Keita that helped ignite the crowd. After a pair of free throws by Bowie State's Najee White, the Crimson Hawks used a three-pointer by Devante Chance (Philadelphia/Electrical & Technology Charter) to start an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 41-37 less than four minutes into the second half.

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Keita finished with a team-high 22 points on 5-of-10 shooting, making 11-of-13 at the foul line. He added nine assists in 39 minutes on the floor.

Mathis stats: 1 rebound, 3 fouls, 22 points, 9 assists, 4 turnovers, 1 block, 1 steal in 39 minutes.

ZaGranny

sittingon50
11-15-2012, 04:54 PM
Thanks ID. I finally got smart enough to bookmark their site.

ZagNative
11-21-2012, 04:24 PM
Congrats to MK!
Men's Hoops Debuts at No. 19 in Latest Top 25 Poll (http://www.iupathletics.com/news/2012/11/21/MBB_1121124707.aspx)

KANSAS CITY Ė The IUP men's basketball team appears at No. 19 in the latest version of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Top 25 Poll that was announced late on Tuesday.

This is the first poll released during the regular season after two weeks of play. The Crimson Hawks were receiving votes in the preseason poll released in October.

IUP moves up to 19th with the help of a 2-0 start to the season, defeating Pitt-Greensburg 91-49 in the season-opener before putting together an incredible 75-72 comeback win over Bowie State last Wednesday.

The Crimson Hawks return to the court this weekend as they host the annual Indiana Regional Medical Center Classic at the Kovalchick Complex on Saturday and Sunday. IUP will take on Alderson-Broaddus on the first day and Seton Hill on the second, with both games set to tip at 5:30 p.m.

sittingon50
11-25-2012, 10:02 AM
MK gets 21 pts, 8 boards, 3 assists as team wins by 3.

http://www.iupathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=mbball&id=2477

sittingon50
11-26-2012, 03:02 PM
http://www.iupathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=mbball&id=2478

sittingon50
12-04-2012, 02:38 PM
getting the PT he was looking for:

http://www.iupathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=mbball&id=2404

sittingon50
12-09-2012, 09:57 AM
http://www.iupathletics.com/boxscore.aspx?path=mbball&id=2405

sittingon50
12-16-2012, 10:52 AM
http://iupathletics.com/cumestats.aspx?path=mbball&year=2012

He is the man on this club so far. Good for him.

ZagNative
01-26-2013, 02:18 PM
Here's a nice interview with Mathis (http://no-brain-no-play.org/2013/01/interview-mathis-keita-january-2013/). Classy kid.
You are leading the West-PSAC and you are the top-leader of your team at scoring, rebounds and assists, you are already well fitted in your new teamÖ How do you feel about to be a leader ?

At this point, I donít think about it, Iím just trying to enjoy playing basketball. The Coach and my teammates give me confidence so itís easy to me.

Do you miss this status in Gonzaga ?

For sure. In Gonzaga, the coach didnít trust in me so it was hard to play. In addition, competition in the team was tough so I didnít got the same playing time.



You are an all around player. Do you feel you improve your game this year ?

I feel again the game, i think getting better and better everyday cause I have more responsibilities on the court, I can take more shoots than before. Even if I played not so much in Gonzaga, I worked hard at practice so it was a positive thing for my game this year.



You wore uniform of a prestigious university for two years, the Bulldogs. What has this experience brought to you ?

It was two great years and I think I progressed in my play as much as humanely. Moreover, Iíve met a lot of people who I appreciate and i keep it touch with.



Why did you choose IUP ? Do you know its reputation before coming ?

Firstly, I didnít want sit one year so go to a D2 School allows me to not spend a redshirt year . Then, the actual French assistant coach at Dayton, Adeniyi Amadou, used to play in this college and gave me some good feedback about IUP and its coach. And this school had participate at the final four three time in the row this past three years so I heard of this college thanks to that.

sittingon50
02-08-2013, 03:38 PM
Leading his 17-3 team in MPG & PPG.

http://iupathletics.com/cumestats.aspx?path=mbball&year=2012

Zag 77
02-08-2013, 09:13 PM
I would certainly expect him to be dominant in Division II. It is good that he landed in a good spot where he can play and pursue his education.

Win-win situation for him and IUP.