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Waynesburg Holds Off Lions' Late Charge
11/24/2012 — WAYNESBURG, Pa. - Despite a second half push by the Penn State Altoona men's basketball team, Waynesburg University held on to their lead and won 72-60 on Saturday afternoon at Marisa Fieldhouse.
Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) scored a game-high 28 points for the Lions. He also grabbed six rebounds.
Jordan Wells (Columbia, MD/Atholton) added 12 points for Penn State Altoona to go along with a team-high eight rebounds, while Justin Van Houten (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East) put up 10 points and had five boards.
Wells' layup at 15:12 of the first half gave the Lions an 8-4 lead.
But the Yellow Jackets took off on a 6-0 run to go ahead, then went up by as many as 14 points on Kenny Klase's fastbreak layup at 1:28 that made it 36-22 in favor of Waynesburg.
Midway through the second half, Waynesburg led 54-36 when Jacob Fleegle made a three at 11:49.
But Penn State Altoona rallied for an 11-0 run to put themselves back in the game.
Over the next 1:30, Ross accounted for all seven of his team's points in that span, going 4-for-4 at the free throw line and draining a three-pointer.
A foul shot and layup by Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) and a free throw made by Wells narrowed the Lions' deficit to 54-47 by the 9:06 mark.
Three minutes later, Mitch Moyer (Port Matilda, PA/Bald Eagle) made it a six point game when he converted on a free throw attempt, cutting Waynesburg's lead to 58-52.
As the game developed into a battle of free throws in the closing minutes, Wells made a foul shot that kept his team within six points, 66-60, with 50 seconds to play.
But the Yellow Jackets went 6-for-6 in their final three trips to the line, simultaneously shutting out the Lions the rest of the way to hold on for the win.
Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore guard Jonathan Ross scored 28 points on Saturday against Waynesburg, leading all scorers.