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Lions Open AMCC Play With Hard-Fought 73-69 Win at Franciscan

Lions Open AMCC Play With Hard-Fought 73-69 Win at Franciscan

11/28/2012 — STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - Penn State Altoona men's basketball triumphed 73-69 at Franciscan University on Wednesday night in the Lions' first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference matchup of the season.

The team was led by a 22 point effort from Justin Van Houten (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East), who shot 3-for-3 from three-point range.

Durant Harvin (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) added 16 points and a team-high six assists, while Jordan Wells (Columbia, MD/Atholton) scored 11 to go along with seven rebounds.

The Lions' John Brennan (Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann-Goretti) led all players in the game with 12 rebounds.

Penn State Altoona overcame an early 10 point deficit to go into the locker room with a lead.

Franciscan claimed a 19-9 lead at 11:54 on Tim Schenk's layup.

But the Lions ripped off a 13-0 run to take the lead.

Brennan's tip-in at 11:03 started his team's run. Van Houten added back-to-back treys, then made a layup at 7:41 to tie the game at 19-19. Just 25 seconds later, Van Houten hit another three-pointer to put Penn State Altoona up 22-19.

Harvin helped increase his team's lead to 28-23 with his three-pointer at 4:46.

Wells and Harvin sank free throws to help the Lions take a nine point lead late in the period. Franciscan's Schenk made a three with four seconds before intermission to narrow the score to 39-34 by halftime.

In the second half, Penn State Altoona appeared to remain in control in the early part of the period. Harvin's layup at 16:43 extended his team's lead to 45-36.

But the Barons found a way to reclaim the lead. Schenk connected on another three at 11:12 to put the home team up 50-48.

Wells' three-pointer at 10:51 put Penn State Altoona back on top 51-50, but the game would go back-and-forth over the next several minutes.

Christian Duke gave Franciscan a 56-54 lead at 8:55 by making a pair of free throws, but the Lions took off on another 13-0 run to put themselves in the driver's seat late in the half.

Van Houten's layup and ensuing foul shot at 8:47 put Penn State Altoona ahead 57-56. He made two more free throws at 8:01 to add to his team's lead. Later, Van Houten's layup gave the Lions their largest lead of the game, 67-56, at the 5:25 mark.

The Barons made it a three point game with a few seconds to play, as Schenk hit another three-pointer. But Penn State Altoona held on to take the win.

The Lions received a strong contribution from their bench, outscoring Franciscan 19-5 in that department. Penn State Altoona also held a 24-18 advantage in points in the paint.

Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore Justin Van Houten led all scorers with 22 points on Wednesday night at Franciscan University.

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