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Lions Fend Off Franciscan for 66-59 Win
1/17/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball ground out a 66-59 win over Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Franciscan University on Thursday night in the Adler Gym.
Winless Franciscan played hard and kept the game close, but the Lions came up with big shots when they needed them the most.
Durant Harvin (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) scored 15 points and snagged three rebounds for Penn State Altoona.
Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) returned to the lineup to score 15 points for the Lions.
Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, adding five assists. His total of two shots blocked ties him with Barry Minemyer for Penn State Altoona's all-time record for blocks with 76.
The Lions struck from beyond the arc early in the first half to take a lead. Mitch Moyer (Port Matilda, PA/Bald Eagle) connected from three-point range at 18:58 for the game's first score. Jordan Stiles (Northern Cambria, PA/Northern Cambria) added back-to-back treys to put Penn State Altoona up 9-4 at 16:22.
But Penn State Altoona went cold for a few minutes, and Franciscan tied the game 9-9 at 10:28 on Christian Duke's fastbreak layup.
The Lions awoke, however, and took off on an 11-4 run, helped by Michael Wigfield's (Flinton, PA/Glendale) three-pointer and layup.
Harvin's three-pointer with 34 seconds left in the half gave Penn State Altoona a 29-19 lead before Franciscan's Daniel Kleinschnitz answered with a three of his own at the 20 second mark.
Penn State Altoona started the second half by going back to the success they had early in the first half, getting a three-pointer from Stiles to increase their lead to 32-22.
Ross hit a three at 16:26 to make it an 11 point game, 37-26.
The Barons kept hanging around, getting as close as five points when Kleinschnitz made a three-pointer at 11:14 to cut the home team's lead to 42-37.
Moyer made another trey at 7:48 to swing the momentum back in Penn State Altoona's favor. Ross added another three at 4:45, then followed it with a fastbreak layup to put the Lions up 58-43.
Ross' trey at 3:39 gave Penn State Altoona its largest lead of the game, 61-45, and the team closed the deal with a victory.
Photo (by Caroline Dudley): Penn State Altoona freshman forward Michael Wigfield goes to the hoop for a layup during Thursday night's win over Franciscan University in the Adler Gym.