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Golden Tornadoes Storm Back in Second Half, Topping Lions 73-68
12/9/2013 — BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball held a 39-35 led at halftime against non-conference opponent Geneva College on Monday night, but the Golden Tornadoes overtook the Lions' lead and triumphed 73-68 in the Metheny Fieldhouse.
Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford) notched his second consecutive double-double for Penn State Altoona, posting game-highs with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) and Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) each added 16 points and six rebounds.
The Lions maintained a lead throughout the entire first half, helped by a 14-for-29 shooting performance from the field. Ross and Greening opened the game with back-to-back buckets to give their team a 4-0 advantage.
Tay Charles' (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) fastbreak score at 14:49 gave Penn State Altoona a 10-6 lead, and Ross connected on a three-pointer just over a minute later to keep his squad's lead at four points.
Michael Wigfield's (Beaver Valley, PA/Glendale) layup at 8:40 made it 21-15, and another trey by Ross at the 8:03 mark made it 24-18.
A three-point play at 4:40 gave Penn State Altoona its largest lead of the night, 33-21, when Ross made a layup and the ensuing foul shot.
But Geneva mounted a 14-6 run late in the period to draw to within four points by halftime. Jordan Harbison hit a three-pointer and made a layup to cut the Lions' lead to nine points, 37-28, with 2:50 before the intermission. Two more Geneva baskets, as well as a pair of free throws, made it 39-35 at the first period buzzer.
The home team kept the pressure on early in the second half. Layups by Trevor York helped Geneva to within two points before a pair of scores from Chaese Vaudrin gave the Golden Tornadoes their first lead of the night, 45-44, at 15:42.
Leazier helped Penn State Altoona get back on top by 12:20, scoring a game-tying fastbreak layup and converting on a three-point play to put the Lions ahead 50-47.
The teams traded the lead in the latter portion of the second half. In total, the lead changed nine times in the second period.
Greening helped Penn State Altoona regain its advantage. His layup at 2:19 tied the game at 67, and he sunk a foul shot to put the Lions up 68-67 with 1:06 to play.
But Geneva scored six points in the final 47 seconds, and Penn State Altoona was unable to answer.
Photo: Lions freshman forward Evan Greening notched his second consecutive double-double on Monday night at Geneva.