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Pitt-Bradford Stuns Lions With Comeback and Overtime Win
1/19/2013 — BRADFORD, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball led by 22 points early in the second half against Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe Pitt-Bradford, and it looked as if the Lions would notch their sixth win in the conference this season. But the Panthers staged a furious comeback, eventually overtaking Penn State Altoona 76-67 in overtime at the KOA Arena.
John Brennan (Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann-Goretti) recorded his third double-double of the season, leading Penn State Altoona with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Brennan also blocked a game-high four shots.
Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) scored 16 for the Lions.
Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) also scored 16 and blocked two shots, becoming the new all-time record holder for blocks in the Penn State Altoona men's basketball program's history with 78, passing former Lion Barry Minemyer.
The Lions stampeded out of the gates, staking a 23-5 lead eight minutes into the first half. Early baskets by Ross helped Penn State Altoona get ahead, and their game-opening run was capped by Brennan's tip-in at 12:33.
Free throws by Gehret at 4:59 put his team up 38-17. Michael Wigfield (Flinton, PA/Glendale) hit a three-pointer at 3:31 to make it a 22 point game, 41-19.
Penn State Altoona showed no signs of slowing down early in the second half. Back-to-back fastbreak layups by Brennan and Ross gave the Lions a 53-31 advantage by the 17:15 mark.
But the Lions went cold, and Pitt-Bradford began to capitalize on its opportunities to get back into the game. Keith Burgess made a three-pointer at 14:58 to make it 53-36. His fastbreak bucket at 11:26 brought the Panthers closer at 59-45.
Two Lucas Pichette scores brought the Lions' lead down to 10 at 9:38, then Burgess made a layup and three-pointer to make it a five point game at 6:55.
Tyler Ferguson's jumper 21 seconds later cut the Panthers' deficit to just three points, 59-56.
A pair of foul shots by Burgess brought Pitt-Bradford within one score of Penn State Altoona's lead, 64-62, with 1:47 on the clock.
Ferguson's layup with just seven seconds remaining tied the game 64-64, sending the contest into overtime.
Pitt-Bradford opened overtime by taking its first lead of the game, going ahead 68-64 on Jesse DeLoof's score and two Pichette free throws.
But Durant Harvin (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) converted both parts of a three-point play, making the layup and ensuing foul shot to bring Penn State Altoona back to within one, 68-67, at the 2:30 mark.
But Pitt-Bradford held the Lions scoreless throughout the rest of the period and tacked eight more points on to their lead, stealing a big win away from Penn State Altoona.
Photo: Penn State Altoona senior forward John Brennan scored 18 points, secured 14 rebounds, and blocked four shots in Saturday's game at Pitt-Bradford.