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Gateway grad reaches 1,000 points in final Clarion game

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Gateway grad Mike Kromka created a special moment in his final game as a member of the Clarion University men's basketball team.

In the last game of a tough 5-20 season for the Golden Eagles, Kromka needed 33 points for 1,000 in his collegiate career.

At one point in the 98-90 loss to Edinboro on Feb. 26, it didn't look like he was going to reach the milestone.

Kromka had 12 points at halftime, and he needed a big second half to get to the mark.

He had 21 points with a little more than two minutes left in the game.

But the 6-foot-6 forward went on a big personal run and scored 13 points over the final 2:22.

He parlayed a 3-pointer, a layup, a dunk, one free throws and conventional 3-point play to put him one shy of 1,000 with 20 seconds to go.

Kromka then converted a layup off of a turnover with 17 seconds to play for his 34th point of the game.

The two-point bucket also set him at 1,001 career points.

He added 10 rebounds for a double-double, and he finished his career with 729 rebounds, the sixth most at Clarion since records became available in 1971.

Kromka finished second on the team in scoring this season at 14.1 points per game. He averaged a team-best 8.8 rebounds a contest.

He scored in double figures in 18 of Clarion's 25 games this season.

Kromka also had 10 or more rebounds eight times, with his high of 20 coming in a season-opening win against Penn State-DuBois.

Luke Nosbisch

The University of Pittsburgh men's swim team wrapped up competition Saturday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, and Gateway graduate Luke Nosbisch contributed some strong swims.

On day one, Nosbisch was part of the Panthers men's 200 medley relay team that swam the fastest time in Pitt history by going 1:27.21 for a seventh overall finish.

That time beat the previous record of 1:27.34 set at the 2013 Big East Championships, and Nosbisch was a part of that school-record swim as well.

He came back on day two and recorded Pitt's second-best time of the season in the 500 free and a personal record of 4:26.42. He swam in one of the bonus finals later in the day and placed 22nd overall.

Nosbisch continued his fast swims on day three Friday with a Pitt season best in the 100 breast. His time of 54.48 was good enough to bring him back for a bonus final Friday night, and he placed 24th overall.

On Saturday morning, he swam to a time of 1:56.81 in the 200 breast preliminaries and earned a second swim in the consolation finals.

He just missed the A-cut and finished ninth overall in the prelim. That earned him a return trip for the consolation finals in the evening, and he placed 16th overall.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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