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Second Half Rally Falls Short as Lions Lose 90-86 at Greensburg
12/11/2013 — GREENSBURG, Pa. - A late comeback attempt by the Penn State Altoona men's basketball team came up short against Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg on Wednesday night, as the Lions fell 90-86 to the Bobcats in Chambers Hall.
Two Lions recorded double-doubles in the loss. Michael Wigfield (Beaver Valley, PA/Glendale) scored 22 points and secured 11 rebounds, while Anton Lucas (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) put up 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) added 22 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists for Penn State Altoona.
Pitt-Greensburg shot the lights out in the first half, hitting 19 of their 28 field goal attempts en route to a 53-38 lead by halftime.
The Bobcats opened the game by taking a 7-0 lead by the 17:37 mark. Rocco Contristano's layup a minute later put the home team up 11-2.
Layups by Tre Coles at 8:16 and 7:43 helped increase Pitt-Greensburg's lead to 13 points, and Jarrett Shannon's three-pointer with 2:28 on the clock made it 50-33.
After Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) opened the second half with a trey to narrow the Bobcats' lead to 53-41, Pitt-Greensburg went on a 7-0 run to establish their largest lead of the game, 60-41, by 17:20.
Penn State Altoona had trouble making up ground for much of the period, as Pitt-Greensburg maintained its lead. With 8:24 left in the game, the Bobcats held an 80-60 advantage.
But the Lions capitalized on some rare missed opportunities by the home team to draw closer on the scoreboard. A 10-2 run by Penn State Altoona whittled away at Pitt-Greensburg's lead. Javon Wilson (Washington, D.C./T.C. Williams) started the run by connecting from three-point range. After a Coles basket for the Bobcats, Ross hit a three-pointer, then Wilson and Lucas added layups to make it 82-70 by 5:40.
Penn State Altoona kept the pressure on. Lucas' score at 2:52 made it a nine point game, 84-75. Two Pitt-Greensburg free throws later, Leazier's trey brought his team to within eight points of the lead.
Back-to-back scores from Leazier cut the Pitt-Greensburg advantage to 86-82 with 35 seconds to play. After the teams traded points, Tay Charles (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) made two foul shots to make it a one possession game, 89-86, with 16 seconds left.
However, the Lions were unable to take advantage of a late Pitt-Greensburg turnover, and the home team escaped with the victory.
Penn State Altoona posted a strong rebounding performance in the loss, outrebounding Pitt-Greensburg 48-34. The Lions' 25 offensive rebounds fueled a 32-9 advantage in second chance points.
Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore forward Michael Wigfield scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds for his team on Wednesday at Pitt-Greensburg.