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Scoring Drought Comes Back to Haunt Men's Basketball in 65-58 Loss to Pitt-Greensburg
1/30/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball dug itself a hole on Wednesday night against Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg, going cold in the middle of the game while the Bobcats increased their lead. The Lions rallied for a late comeback attempt, but Pitt-Greensburg held on for the 65-58 win in the Adler Gym.
Penn State Altoona held a 20-14 lead at 5:51 of the first half, but the Lions did not score over the next 9:58. Meanwhile, Pitt-Greensburg scored 22 unanswered points during that same span.
Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) led Penn State Altoona with 19 points.
Durant Harvin (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) added 17 points and five rebounds for the Lions, while John Brennan (Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann-Goretti) contributed 13 points and five boards.
Three-pointers by Ross and Harvin, followed by a Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) layup, gave Penn State Altoona an 8-2 lead just over three minutes into the game.
Harvin's layup at 13:46 put the home team up 10-3.
The Lions continue to manage their modest lead throughout much of the period. Ross hit a pair of foul shots at 5:29 to keep his team up by six, 20-14.
But it was then that Penn State Altoona hit the wall, and Pitt-Greensburg pounced on the opportunity.
Free throws by Brock Witkowski and a three-pointer from Rocco Contristano gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game, 21-20. Three scores by Brian Heinle added to his team's advantage, making it 27-20 at halftime.
Contristano continued the scoring for Pitt-Greensburg in the second half, connecting from three-point range at 18:22.
Witkowski's fastbreak layup preceded Heinle's jumper at 16:10 that gave the Bobcats their largest lead of the night, 36-20.
Brennan's layup at 15:53 finally snapped Penn State Altoona's scoreless streak.
Mitch Moyer (Port Matilda, PA/Bald Eagle) hit a three-pointer at 11:50 to bring the Lions to within 10 points, 45-35.
But Pitt-Greensburg bounced back, reeling off a 7-0 run capped by Jerell Figueroa's fastbreak score at 7:20.
The Lions were not finished, however. Brennan's layup at 5:54 cut the Bobcats' lead to 52-41. Nearly two minutes later, he sunk a pair of free throws to make it 53-45.
Gehret's tip-in at 3:48 cut Pitt-Greensburg's lead to 53-47. Ross' layup 26 seconds later made it 54-49.
But the Bobcats made their free throws in the closing minutes to maintain their lead, going 9-for-12 at the line to keep enough distance on the scoreboard to ice the win.
Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore guard Jonathan Ross led the Lions with 19 points during Wednesday's game against Pitt-Greensburg.