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Lions Bury Gophers 73-65 in Home Opener




11/19/2014 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's basketball earned a home-opening 73-65 win over non-conference Goucher College on Wednesday night in the Adler Gym.

Evan Greening (Stafford, VA/Stafford) led the way for the Lions with 16 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.

Javon Wilson (Washington, D.C./T.C. Williams) added 14 points, and Tay Charles (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) scored 13 points and dished out five assists.

Dylan Leazier (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) contributed eight points, five rebounds, and four assists, and Anton Lucas (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) posted a line of seven points, six rebounds, and six assists.

Lucas and Michael Wigfield (Beaver Valley, PA/Glendale) each finished with two shot blocks.

Penn State Altoona took control of the game early, building a 12-4 lead by 14:24, thanks to eight points from Greening in the opening stages of the first half. Goucher closed the gap to 16-14 at 8:59 on Troy DeShields' layup, but the Lions ripped off a 13-4 run -- capped by a Leazier three-pointer -- to go up by 11 points, 27-16, at the 7:34 mark.

The Gophers rallied to cut their deficit to one point on three different occasions before halftime. Brian Ball's three-point play at 5:21 made it 29-28, Tre Galloway's fastbreak layup at 2:32 cut it to 34-33, and Jesse Mondry's trey with 11 seconds on the clock cut the Lions' lead to 41-40.

But Leazier connected from three-point range again as the halftime buzzer sounded, giving his team a momentum boost and a four-point lead going into the locker room.

Penn State Altoona opened the second half by outscoring Goucher 12-4 in the first 5:16 of the period. The Lions got six of their 12 points in that span from a pair of Charles three-pointers.

Goucher whittled Penn State Altoona's lead down to as low as three points later in the half. The Gophers got a three-pointer from Kevin Miles and a pair of foul shots from Jordan Young on consecutive possessions to make it 62-59 with 5:50 to play.

But the Lions held the fort and outscored the opposition 11-6 over the remainder of the half to clinch the win.

With the win, Penn State Altoona improves its record to 2-1. Next, the Lions host another non-conference foe this Sunday, November 23 when they take on the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 PM.

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