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Westminster Pulls Out 82-71 Win Over Lions
12/21/2013 — NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball lost a first half lead en route to an 82-71 defeat at the hands of non-conference opponent Westminster College on Saturday afternoon in the Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.
The Lions were led by another double-double from Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford), the freshman's third of the season. He scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while also blocking four shots.
Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) and Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) each scored 19 points. Leazier dished out six assists, while Ross tallied three helpers.
Michael Wigfield (Beaver Valley, PA/Glendale) secured 13 rebounds.
Penn State Altoona jumped out to a lead early in the first half. After Westminster took a 4-3 lead on a pair of free throws, scores by Leazier and Javon Wilson (Washington, D.C./T.C. Williams) helped the Lions build an 11-4 lead by the 14:30 mark. Greening's layup two minutes later kept the score differential at seven points.
A 10-2 run by the Titans thrust the home team back on top, as Matt Getsy's layup at 9:25 made it 18-17. After the teams traded the lead six times throughout the rest of the period, it was Westminster that found itself ahead by two, 37-35, at halftime.
The Lions opened the second half with strong momentum, getting back-to-back layups by Greening and Ross to tie the game 39-39 at 17:59.
But Westminster went off on another run to take the lead. Charlie Wallander's score at 15:39 made it 49-42. The Titans increased their advantage to 64-54 by 10:15 on Wallander's foul shot.
Penn State Altoona drew to within four points at 5:53 on Greening's basket which cut the Titans' lead to 68-64.
But the Lions could not pull any closer, as Westminster rode its lead to victory.
Penn State Altoona struggled from the charity stripe in the loss, going 5-for-15 from the line.
Photo: Freshman forward Evan Greening posted his third double-double of the season on Saturday, scoring 23 and grabbing 16 boards.