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Men's Basketball Voted Ninth in AMCC Preseason Poll
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball was picked to finish ninth when the annual Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll was released on Thursday morning.
Penn State Behrend, who tied with La Roche College for second place in the conference based on last year's regular season records, was voted first in the poll this year.
Penn State Altoona finished in ninth place in the AMCC last season, accumulating a 2-16 mark in the conference and a 3-22 overall record. The team will be led by head coach Billy Clapper, who enters his fourth year.
The Lions feature two "Players to Watch" in the latest edition of the poll.
Senior guard Durant Harvin (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) was second on his team and 11th in the AMCC in points per game, averaging 14.0 per contest. His 3.0 assists per game was 10th in the conference, and his 34.1 minutes per game was fourth-most in the AMCC. Harvin led his team with 39 steals, and his assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.8 was the 10th-best mark in the AMCC.
Senior forward John Brennan (Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann-Goretti) was fourth in the AMCC in rebounding, grabbing 7.9 boards per game. His 1.3 blocked shots per game was fourth-best in the conference, and his 1.5 steals per game ranked 11th. He finished second on his team in assists, tallying 48 helpers.
The Lions open their season in Huntingdon, Pa. on November 16 for the Juniata College Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. They host their first home game on December 1 at 3:00 PM against conference opponent Pitt-Bradford.
To view the complete 2012-2013 AMCC Preseason Coaches' Poll for men's basketball, visit http://www.amcconf.org/mbbpoll2013.htm online.
Photo: Penn State Altoona seniors Durant Harvin (left) and John Brennan (right) were named Players to Watch in the AMCC Preseason Poll.