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Lions Pull Out 73-66 Overtime Win at Pitt-Greensburg
12/12/2012 — GREENSBURG, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball battled with Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg on Wednesday night, seizing a 73-66 win in overtime at Chambers Hall.
The Lions had four players finish in double digit scoring figures.
Durant Harvin (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) led Penn State Altoona with 18 points, also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Mitch Moyer (Port Matilda, PA/Bald Eagle) scored 16 and secured seven rebounds.
Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) had 14 points, nine rebounds, and a game-high five blocked shots.
John Brennan (Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann-Goretti) posted his first double-double of the season, scoring 10 and grabbing 10 boards. He also tallied three assists and blocked two shots.
After Pitt-Greensburg held a 6-3 lead in the opening minutes of the first half, the Lions grabbed a 10-9 lead at 9:27 on Moyer's layup and foul shot.
A layup by Michael Wigfield (Flinton, PA/Glendale), a three-pointer by Harvin, and two free throws from Brennan put Penn State Altoona up 17-9 at 7:09.
Moyer's trey at 2:11 kept the difference at eight points, 25-17. A minute later, Moyer struck from three-point range again to give the Lions their largest lead of the half, 29-18.
Pitt-Greensburg ended the half on a 6-0 run, getting a layup from Mike Connelly and two scores from Rocco Contristano to make it 29-24 at halftime.
Moyer continued to be hot from beyond the arc early in the second half, hitting a three at 17:01 to make it 34-26.
Jordan Wells' (Columbia, MD/Atholton) layup at 15:45 helped keep his team up by eight, 36-28.
Wells' free throws at 12:10 kept it an eight point game, but the Bobcats went on a 9-1 run to tie the game 46-46 at 8:42.
Both teams remained close, keeping the score within one basket or tied through the final nine minutes of the period.
Brennan's layup with 51 seconds left in the second half gave Penn State Altoona a 59-57 lead, but Connelly's score 11 seconds later tied the score.
A last second shot did not fall for the Lions, sending the game to overtime.
Penn State Altoona opened the five-minute overtime period on a 5-0 run. Gehret's layup started the scoring in the period, followed by a free throw and layup by Harvin to extend the Lions' lead to 64-59 at 3:01.
Harvin's trey at 2:31 made it 67-61.
Brock Witkowski connected on a three with 41 seconds left to cut Penn State Altoona's lead to 69-66.
But Brennan and Harvin combined to go 4-for-4 at the charity stripe in the closing seconds, and the Lions' defense shut out the Bobcats the rest of the way to seal a win.
Photo: Penn State Altoona senior guard Durant Harvin led the Lions with 18 points in Wednesday's win against Pitt-Greensburg.