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Panthers Pull Past Lions in Second Half to Win 71-65

Panthers Pull Past Lions in Second Half to Win 71-65




1/25/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball held a second half lead over Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe Pitt-Bradford on Saturday in the Adler Gym, but the Panthers rallied for a 71-65 win.

Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford) recorded his eighth double-double of the season, tying for the game-high in points with 21 and leading all players with 12 rebounds.

Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) added 19 points for the Lions while grabbing seven rebounds and tying a personal season-high in assists with seven.

Tay Charles (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) contributed eight points and five assists for Penn State Altoona.

Charles' three-pointer at 18:55 gave the Lions an early 3-2 lead. Two layups from Greening helped the team make it 7-4 by 17:17.

Brandon McClester's fastbreak score at 15:29 gave Pitt-Bradford a 10-9 advantage, but the Lions ripped off a 14-0 run, capped by Leazier's trey at 9:07 that made it 23-10.

Pitt-Bradford narrowed the difference before halftime. Keith Burgess made a layup at 3:22 to make it a three point game, 31-28, and Zach Smith's jumper at 1:04 cut Penn State Altoona's lead to 36-34.

After the Panthers tied the game twice early in the second half on scores from Eric Matheson and Lucas Pichette, Leazier came up with another three to put the Lions ahead 41-38 at 17:37. Greening's trey at 15:05 gave his team a four point lead, 46-42.

But a quick 8-0 run by Pitt-Bradford put the visitors back on top. Burgess' fastbreak layup at 11:31 put his team ahead 50-46.

Penn State Altoona fought back later in the period. Leazier converted on a three-point play at 8:25 to give his team a 56-55 lead. Greening's bucket at 7:03 kept the Lions up by one, 58-57.

But Pitt-Bradford retook a lead and maintained it solely through foul shooting. The Panthers' final 14 points of the game came on free throws, spanning the final 5:52 of the period. Meanwhile, the Lions were able to muster only five points in the same time frame.

Photo (by Anna Kepner): Penn State Altoona sophomore guard/forward Austin Griffith (Erie, PA/Harbor Creek) holds the ball near the sideline during Saturday's game against Pitt-Bradford in the Adler Gym.

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