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Lions Rally in Closing Seconds to Beat Marymount 46-45
1/21/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona senior Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) is used to dealing with high pressure situations late in ballgames to pull out a win for his team. As the closer on the baseball team, he is asked to maintain a lead in the final inning to clinch a victory. On Monday night, he used the same mentality to win the game for the men's basketball team, stepping to the free throw line with three seconds left and sinking the game-winning foul shots in the Lions' thrilling 46-45 comeback win over Marymount University.
Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) scored a team-high 18 points, including a three-pointer with four seconds remaining to bring the Lions back to within one score.
Gehret recorded his third double-double of the year, scoring 10 points and securing 10 rebounds. He also blocked a game-high six shots.
John Brennan (Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann-Goretti) grabbed a game-best 12 rebounds and added six points.
Durant Harvin (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) led all players with five assists and three steals.
Marymount opened the first half by taking an 8-2 lead at 15:29, helped by three-pointers from Jesse Konadu and Brenden Cuyler.
Ross hit a pair of three-pointers tie the game 8-8 by 12:51.
Gehret's layup on Penn State Altoona's next offensive possession put his team up 10-8.
Ross made a layup at 9:03 to put his squad ahead by five, 14-9.
Marymount kept the game close, as both teams became locked in a back-and-forth defensive battle. Reed Scott's jumper at 7:01 tied the game 16-16. With just under two minutes left in the half, Antonio Rouse put the Saints up 22-21 with a trey.
But Ross' layup as time expired in the first period gave the Lions a 23-22 lead at halftime.
Gehret opened the second half with a score to put the home team up 25-22, but the Saints went off on a 13-2 run to take the biggest lead of the game for either team. Konadu's fastbreak layup at 11:22 and Cuyler's three at 10:25 helped Marymount to a 35-27 advantage.
The Lions kept hanging around and chipped away at Marymount's lead. Ross made a three at 5:58 to cut his team's deficit to 37-34.
Michael Wigfield's (Flinton, PA/Glendale) jumper at 4:04 put Penn State Altoona back on top, 38-37.
A pair of free throws by Marymount's Aaron Walsh, followed by a jumper from Rouse, gave the Saints a 43-40 lead with 28 seconds remaining.
After Harvin made a free throw for Penn State Altoona, Konadu sunk two more foul shots for Marymount to extend their lead to 45-41 with only eight seconds to go.
Ross came up with a huge score, quickly getting down the court nailing a three-pointer with four seconds to play to bring the Lions back within one score, 45-44.
The Lions immediately fouled when Marymount put the ball in play, sending Cuyler to the free throw line. But he missed the first attempt of a one-and-one, and Marymount committed a foul on the defensive rebound, turning the tables and sending Gehret to the foul line with a chance to win the game for Penn State Altoona.
With three seconds on the clock, Gehret made both shots to put his team ahead 46-45, then intercepted Marymount's last-second pass down the court to seal the victory for the Lions.
Photo: Penn State Altoona senior forward Matt Gehret made the game-winning foul shots on Monday night and clinched the win with a steal as time expired.