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Medaille Pulls Out 88-80 Win Over Lions
1/11/2014 — BUFFALO, N.Y. - Despite a strong offensive performance, the Penn State Altoona men's basketball team was edged 88-80 by Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe Medaille College on Saturday afternoon in the Sullivan Center.
As a team, the Lions shot 53.3% from the field and committed only nine turnovers, but a strong first half by Medaille proved to be the difference maker in the game.
Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford) scored a season-high 28 points, leading all scorers Saturday while also grabbing a game-high eight rebounds.
Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) added 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists for the Lions.
Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) contributed 10 points.
The Lions shot 17-for-30 in the first half, but they struggled to stop the Mavericks, as the home team maintained a steady lead throughout the period.
Putter Brown's jumper at 11:49 gave Medaille a 20-11 lead, capping a 16-7 run. Back-to-back three-pointers by Chris Willingham and Jammal Coleman made it 34-22 at 6:25.
Penn State Altoona narrowed its deficit late in the half, embarking on a 12-3 run to make it a three point game. A pair of jump shots made by Jordan Smith (Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice) finished off the Lions' surge, cutting the Mavericks' lead to 37-34 with 2:40 remaining before halftime.
But Medaille outscored Penn State Altoona 8-3 during the rest of the period, staking out a 45-37 lead at the intermission.
The second half storyline was similar to that of the first, with the Lions hanging around but unable to establish a lead of their own.
Greening opened the period by scoring all of his team's first nine points, closing the gap to 49-46 at 16:50. In the next three minutes, scores by Greening and Leazier kept the Lions within four points of tying the game.
Although the Mavericks were limited to just nine field goals in the second half, they came up with important scores when they needed them while going 21-for-26 from the free throw line in the half. Robby Seyler's three-pointer at 13:04 gave Medaille a little more breathing room on the scoreboard, increasing the advantage to 59-50. Foul shots from Brown and Coleman preceded Sean Bellomo's layup at 10:14 that upped the Mavericks' lead to 12 points, 65-53.
Penn State Altoona narrowed its deficit to six points on five different occasions during the rest of the game, but Medaille's performance at the free throw line kept the game out of reach for the Lions.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman forward Evan Greening scored a season-high 28 points in Saturday's loss at Medaille College.