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Daemen men top seed in USCAA

As a transitioning member Daemen is not eligible this year for the East Coast Conference or NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournaments. The Wildcats will be bound for postseason play, nevertheless, as the No. 1 seed in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Division I championship next week at Penn State-Fayette in Uniontown, Pa.

Coach Don Silveri’s team will play at 2 p.m. on Wednesday against No. 8 seed Concordia College (Ala.). Daemen was runner-up in last year’s USCAA tournament, losing to Rochester College (Mich.), 70-67.

In its first season, Daemen (17-3) won the ECC regular-season title. Overall Daemen is 20-6 and has won its last 13 games, a school record.

“It’s been a heck of a ride winning the conference in our first year and to have some kind of postseason to play for is big for us,” Silveri said.

Point guard Mark Coppola (Williamsville South) is averaging 6.3 assists for Daemen.