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Lions' Lead Slips Away in 74-63 Loss to Mounties
1/9/2013 — CRESSON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball built a 10 point lead in the first half of Wednesday night's game against Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference rival Mount Aloysius College, but several missed opportunities cost the Lions as the Mounties came back to win 74-63.
Jordan Wells (Columbia, MD/Atholton) posted his first career double-double, scoring a team-high 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
John Brennan (Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann-Goretti) recorded his third double-double of the year, scoring 10 and grabbing 10 boards. He also tallied two assists and blocked a pair of shots.
Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) put up 18 points and added seven rebounds and four assists. He blocked seven shots, adding to his AMCC-leading total and tying the school's single season record with 44 blocks this year.
Penn State Altoona got off to a strong start. Layups by Wells and Michael Wigfield (Flinton, PA/Glendale) helped the Lions to a 16-11 lead by 11:03.
Gehret connected from three-point range at 10:27 to keep his team's lead at five.
After Mount Aloysius' Nolan Doyle scored a layup at 9:58 to make it 19-16, Penn State Altoona went on a 7-0 run to create a 10 point advantage. Layups by Gehret and Brennan preceded Wells' three-point play at 6:53 that made it 26-16.
But the Lions went cold, allowing Mount Aloysius to embark on a 12-1 run over the next five minutes to get back into the game.
Wells' layup with 59 seconds left in the first period gave Penn State Altoona a 29-28 lead, but the scoring for the half ended with a Davario Barksdale basket at the 16 second mark to give the home team a 30-29 lead at the intermission.
Wells hit a three-pointer just over a minute into the second half to open the scoring for the period and put the Lions back on top, 32-30.
But the Mounties went on a 9-0 run, capped by Jeff Stem's layup and ensuing foul shot at 16:25 to put his team in front 39-32.
A three-pointer by Jordan Stiles (Northern Cambria, PA/Northern Cambria) and a layup by Brennan helped Penn State Altoona bounce back, bringing the Lions within one point. Wells' foul shot at 13:15 tied the game at 41-41.
Demetrius Davis hit a trey for Mount Aloysius at 13:10, but Gehret's jumper seconds later made it a one point game again.
But Mount Aloysius again reeled off a significant run, outscoring the Lions 10-0 over the next four minutes to claim a 54-43 lead by the 9:09 mark.
Penn State Altoona came within seven points of the Mounties' lead several times over the closing minutes of the game, but they could not get any closer.
The Lions were plagued by 21 turnovers, allowing the Mounties to reverse their momentum throughout the night.
Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore guard Jordan Wells drives through the Mount Aloysius defense during Wednesday night's game.