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Lions Stifled by Juniata in 69-49 Consolation Game Loss
11/16/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - After clicking on offense Friday night in a narrow loss to Waynesburg University, the Penn State Altoona men's basketball team was held in check by Juniata College in a 69-49 loss in the Adler Gym in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament consolation game.
On Friday, the Lions shot 47.5% from the field and put up 78 points. But the team struggled on Saturday, shooting just 26.8% against Juniata.
Jordan Smith (Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice) led Penn State Altoona with 15 points and seven rebounds and added a pair of steals and a blocked shot. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the championship game for his performance on Friday and Saturday.
Tay Charles (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) and Javon Wilson (Washington, D.C./T.C. Williams) each scored seven points for the Lions.
Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) connected on a three-pointer at 18:07 to give Penn State Altoona a 5-4 lead.
But Juniata embarked on a 14-1 run to hold an 18-6 lead by the 12-minute mark.
Michael Wigfield's (Beaver Valley, PA/Glendale) jumper at 9:13 cut the Eagles' lead to 18-12, but the visitors padded their advantage late in the period by outscoring Penn State Altoona 15-8 the rest of the period.
Juniata continued to hold down the Lions' shooters in the second half, going ahead by as many as 31 points. Two foul shots from Brian Scholly made it 55-24 at 12:47.
The Eagles managed to halt Penn State Altoona's top two scorers from Friday night: Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) and Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford). After combining for 45 points on Friday night against Waynesburg, the duo scored a total of two points on Saturday.
Notes: The weekend's Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament raised a total of $1,700, which will benefit the American Cancer Society and the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation...Waynesburg defeated Mount Aloysius College 92-86 in the tournament's championship game.
Photo (by Anna Kepner): Penn State Altoona freshman forward Jordan Smith jumps for a rebound during Saturday's game against Juniata in the Adler Gym.