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Greening Breaks Rebound Record, But Lions Edged 88-83 by Mounties
2/12/2014 — CRESSON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball kept the score close throughout Wednesday night's game against Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference rival Mount Aloysius College in the Athletic Convocation Center, but the Mounties pulled out the 88-83 victory.
Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford) recorded his 13th double-double of the season, scoring 24 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Those 14 rebounds moved Greening into first place on the team's single season rebounds list with 230, breaking the previous record of former Lion Brandon Battles, who secured 227 rebounds during the 2002-2003 season.
Meanwhile, Michael Wigfield (Beaver Valley, PA/Glendale) set a career-high with 24 points while adding seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks to his stat line.
Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) contributed 13 points for Penn State Altoona.
The Lions had a strong start to the game. Leazier's jumper at 16:42 gave his team a 13-5 lead. Seven minutes later, layups by Quinn Luhr (Johnsonburg, PA/Johnsonburg) and Greening helped hold the home team at bay and keep Penn State Altoona's lead at four.
But Mount Aloysius started to heat up. A pair of three-pointers by Dillon Bender helped his team take a 40-32 lead by the 5:57 mark, and back-to-back threes by Shawn Greenfield and Nolan Doyle made it 50-40 with 3:10 before halftime.
In the second half, Penn State Altoona kept working at shrinking their deficit, and their efforts paid off. Greening's fastbreak layup at 9:56 brought the Lions to within six, 72-66, and a pair of treys from Wigfield helped cut the Mounties' lead to 78-75 by 5:57. After two free throws by Tay Charles (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg), Anton Lucas (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) connected on a jumper that gave the Lions their first lead, 79-78, since midway through the first half.
But the Lions' lead was short-lived. Bender's three-pointer at 3:42 put the Mounties back on top, and Shawn Greenfield's fastbreak layup and foul shot at 2:54 made it 84-79.
Wigfield's transition bucket at 1:53 brought Penn State Altoona back to within three points, 84-81, but the Lions were unable to claw any closer.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman forward Evan Greening set a new single season rebound record on Wednesday, passing Brandon Battles to move into first place with 230 rebounds this season.