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Lions Clinch First Win at Goucher
11/20/2013 — BALTIMORE, Md. - The Penn State Altoona men's basketball team picked up its first win of the 2013-2014 season when it defeated non-conference foe Goucher College 88-84 on Wednesday night.
Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) led the way for the Lions, putting up a game-high 23 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.
Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) added 20 points, two assists, and two steals for the Lions, while Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford) put up 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Jordan Smith (Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice) secured a team-high eight rebounds and scored 10 points off the bench for Penn State Altoona.
The Lions worked their way to a 44-40 lead by halftime.
Leazier's layup at 14:37 helped his team take a 13-12 lead.
Ross provided crucial baskets for his team later in the half. Trailing 24-23, his three-pointer at 8:30 put Penn State Altoona back up by two. Ross followed with two layups to make it 30-26 by 7:19.
Smith's score at 1:25, as well as his trio of free throws during the closing minute of the period, helped his team climb to a 44-38 lead 10 seconds before halftime.
The Lions used more of the same to maintain their lead in the second half.
Leazier's trey at 16:43 kept it at a six-point differential, 53-47.
Buckets by Greening, Ross, and Leazier helped Penn State Altoona increase its lead to 62-51 by the 12:51 mark.
Later, a layup and three-pointer by Tay Charles (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) helped the Lions make it 69-57 at 9:29.
But Goucher continued to hang around and capitalized when Penn State Altoona went cold from the field later in the half. Six free throws by the Gophers' Tre Galloway and Julian Livingston helped the home team pull to within 77-71 at 5:26.
Back-to-back scores by Norman Allen and Galloway tied the game 79-79 at 2:11, and Galloway's bucket at 1:38 gave Goucher its first lead, 81-79, since midway through the first half.
The teams exchanged baskets and free throws to find themselves tied 84-84 with 42 seconds to play. But Greening came up with a three-point play with 16 seconds on the clock, scoring the layup and sinking the ensuing foul shot to give the Lions an 87-84 advantage.
Smith added a free throw for insurance with four seconds left, and Penn State Altoona stole the final inbounds pass to seal its first win of the season.
The Lions shot 50% (34-for-68) from the field and out-rebounded Goucher 43-33 in the victory.
Photo: Junior guard Jonathan Ross scored a game-high 23 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.