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Lions Hold First Half Lead, But Game Slips Away as La Roche Triumphs 61-39
1/23/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - A subpar shooting performance and some early foul trouble were big factors in Penn State Altoona's 61-39 loss to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent La Roche College on Wednesday night in the Adler Gym.
Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) led the Lions with 18 points.
Durant Harvin (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds.
Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) had five points, five rebounds, and a game-high six blocks.
Penn State Altoona controlled the flow of the game for much of the first half. Ross hit a three-pointer at 17:57, helping his team to a 5-2 lead.
Harvin's jumper at 16:38 and a three-point play converted by John Brennan (Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann-Goretti) at 15:50 put the Lions up 11-4.
Gehret's layup a minute later gave Penn State Altoona its largest lead of the game, 13-4.
The Lions continued to maintain a lead in the face of La Roche's attack. Michael Wigfield (Flinton, PA/Glendale) hit a three-pointer at 10:12 to keep the Lions' advantage at seven points, 16-9.
Harvin's score at 8:52 kept it a seven point game, 18-11.
Ross made a layup at 6:42 to make it 21-15, but La Roche put together its best stretch of the first half by finishing the first half on a 10-0 run.
Down by four at halftime, Penn State Altoona was also hindered by foul trouble. Gehret went into the intermission with three fouls, while Brennan had two.
La Roche opened the second half by continuing their success from late in the first period. Derek Barber-Richards made a layup followed by a three-pointer to put the Redhawks up 30-21 ay 18:37.
Andre Flanigan's dunk at 12:55 gave the visitors a 39-27 lead.
Ross answered with a trey for the Lions to cut their deficit to 39-30, but La Roche proved to be too much, going up by as many as 23.
The Redhawks used an exceptional performance in the paint to create offense. As a team, La Roche outscored Penn State Altoona 48-16 in the paint.
The Lions struggled from the field. As a team, they made just 24.1% of their field goals, including a 20.7% performance in the second half as La Roche increased its lead.
Photo (by Caroline Dudley): Penn State Altoona sophomore guard Jonathan Ross drives to the hoop during Wednesday night's game against La Roche in the Adler Gym.