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Shenandoah Pulls Away in Second Half for 94-82 Win Over Lions
1/6/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - A key run by Shenandoah University during the second half of Monday night's game against Penn State Altoona men's basketball helped the Hornets defeat the Lions 94-82 in the Adler Gym.
Penn State Altoona held a 55-53 lead at the 14:36 mark of the second half, but a 13-0 run by Shenandoah catapulted the visitors into the lead, and they never looked back.
The Lions had five players finish with double digit scoring totals. Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) led the squad with 20 points.
Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford) posted his second double-double in as many games, scoring 15 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti), Javon Wilson (Washington, D.C./T.C. Williams), and Tay Charles (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) contributed 13, 12, and 10 points, respectively. Charles added a game-high five assists.
Shenandoah started strong, jumping out to a 12-4 lead just over two minutes into the game when Jared Carithers connected from three-point range.
Penn State Altoona narrowed the gap and tied the game at 8:31 on Greening's fastbreak layup. Free throws by Charles, Jordan Smith (Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice), and Wilson helped the Lions keep pace with the Hornets' up-tempo style of play over the next several minutes, and Penn State Altoona found itself up 29-28 at 4:44.
Scores by Eli McEathron helped the visitors climb back on top, 35-31, by 2:57. But points from Leazier and Ross gave Penn State Altoona a 39-36 lead with 25 seconds left in the half.
The Lions nursed their lead early in the second half. Greening's steal at 19:35 led to a fastbreak layup that gave Penn State Altoona a 43-37 advantage. Ross' fastbreak bucket at 16:29 made it an eight point game, 52-44.
But that lead proved to be the high water mark for the Lions, as Shenandoah embarked on a 25-4 run to change the complexion of the game. Avery Green's three-pointer at 8:59 capped the run, giving the Hornets a 69-56 lead.
Penn State Altoona tried to shift the momentum later in the period. Wilson's three-point play at 4:40 cut the Lions' deficit to nine points, 77-68. Later, foul shots by Greening and a layup from Anton Lucas (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) narrowed Shenandoah's lead to 82-75.
But the Hornets sunk nine free throws during the final 1:38 of the game to help them ice a victory.
Shenandoah's Green was held in check for much of the first half, but he scored 23 of his 30 points in a second period that saw his team put 57 points on the board. The Lions held their own in the paint, outscoring the Hornets 40-38, but they were unable to overcome the visitors' second half offensive output.
Photo: Penn State Altoona guard Javon Wilson dribbles while being defended by a Shenandoah player on Monday night in the Adler Gym.