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Lions' Season Ends With 74-54 Loss to Behrend
2/22/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - A sluggish second half doomed the Penn State Altoona men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in a 74-54 loss to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference rival Penn State Behrend in the Adler Gym.
Behrend, the first place team in the AMCC, led by just a 37-34 margin at halftime. But the visitors clamped down defensively and held Penn State Altoona to just 20 points in the second period.
Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford) led all scorers with 18 points while grabbing seven rebounds. With the season officially in the books, the freshman has set new Penn State Altoona men's basketball single season records in scoring average (19.4 points per game), field goal percentage (57.6%), and rebound average (10.6 rebounds per game). Last week, Greening set a new school single season record for rebounds and added to that mark on Saturday, finishing the year with 255 rebounds.
Javon Wilson (Washington, D.C./T.C. Williams) added 14 points and three rebounds for the Lions, and Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) scored nine points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.
Penn State Altoona capitalized on Behrend's slow start to jump out to a 5-0 lead by 17:51 on Greening's layup and a three-pointer from Leazier.
90 seconds later, the visitors had tied the game 5-5 on a Casey Courneen trey and a Keith Wallace jumper.
The teams traded the lead several times but kept the score close throughout the remainder of the first half. Courneen's three-pointer at 13:18 gave Behrend a 16-13 advantage. Later, scores by Greening and Michael Wigfield (Flinton, PA/Glendale) had Penn State Altoona leading by one, 26-25.
Courneen's jumper with four seconds left in the period helped Behrend go into the locker room with a modest three point lead.
The second half was a different story, however, as Behrend's defense took over. The visitors opened the period on a 15-0 run, holding Penn State Altoona scoreless for the first 6:41 of the half.
A three-point play by Anton Lucas (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) brought the Lions back to within 14 points, 56-42, with 10:52 to play. But Penn State Altoona could not overcome Behrend's defensive effort, which limited the Lions to just seven field goals in the second half.
Photo (by Anna Kepner): Penn State Altoona sophomore forward Michael Wigfield pulls up for a baseline jumper during Saturday afternoon's game against Penn State Behrend in the Adler Gym.