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Buzzer-beater propels Penn State Harrisburg men to road victory vs. Wesley

The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team split two games last week to stand at 6-9 on the season and 3-5 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

A last-second three pointer by Jazmon Harris gave the Lions a 73-70 win over Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Harris had 18 points and three steals, and Dante Brown scored 17 off the bench. Kahlil Williams added 13 points and four assists. 

The Lions’ Gbolahan Alliyu had seven blocks in the first half alone and 12 total in the game to tie the CAC single-game record. He added 10 rebounds but did not score.

The game started off with back-and-forth scoring for the first five minutes before Wesley broke off on a 17-1 run to lead the Lions 22-9 at the halfway point of the first half.

Momentum began to swing on a three-point shot by Khalil White, the Lions’ leading scorer at 15.6 a game, at the 8:07 mark. The Lions were able to pull back to within five by the end of the first half, with the Wolverines leading 37-32.

Dante Brown scored 10 points in nine minutes off the bench in the first half for the Lions.

Wesley was able to maintain a small lead for most of the second half before the Lions pulled ahead 66-65 on a Harris three-point shot at the three-minute mark.

With only one second left, Harris was able to pull off the buzzer-beater on a three-point basket.

At home Saturday, Jan. 14, the Lions struggled against CAC power Christopher Newport, falling 73-55.

Christopher Newport is 13-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference.

Both sides battled to hold on to the lead in the first 10 minutes of the game before the Captains jumped out to an 11-8 lead with 11:56 to go. Ibn-Haneef Nelson put Penn State back on track with a three-point jump shot to tie the game up at 11. Kahlil Williams added two more to the Lion's lead with a layup with 8:41 to go

With less than seven minutes to go in the first half, the Lions pulled ahead for their largest lead of the day as Ryan Bollinger scored a three followed by a dunk by John Ukpaiama. Newport regrouped with a 10-0 run to lead the Lion's 26-21 and led at the half 30-23.

At the start of the second, Newport extended its lead but Penn State fought back throughout the first eight minutes to tie up the game and then pull ahead on a jumper from Bollinger. Newport responded with two straight threes to take back the lead and went on an 11-0 run to lead Penn State 70-50 with 3:09 to go. 

Williams led Penn State Harrisburg with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal. Nelson added 11 points and 2 rebounds off the bench. Jazmon Harris, averaging 12.6 points a game for the season and coming off his big performance vs. Wesley, was held to 6 points.

Penn State Harrisburg will travel to Marymount (Virginia) at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 and will play host to St. Mary’s (Maryland) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:15

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Penn State women's basketball team loses twice as Carmo continues to shine

The Penn State Harrisburg women’s basketball team dropped a pair of games last week to stand at 3-12 on the season and 1-7 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

In Dover, Delaware, on Saturday, Jan. 11, Kaitlyn Carmo scored 23 points and had six rebounds for Harrisburg but the Lions fell 71-67 in a physical contest. Carmo, a senior, leads the team with 13.6 points a game.

The Lions struggled in the first quarter to find the basket as they were outscored 18-12 by the Wolverines. In the second quarter, Wesley started off with an 8-0 run before Penn State regrouped and began cut the home team’s lead. They trailed 35-27 at the half.

Tessa Dolce and Carmo accounted for 11 of the Lions’ 15 points in the second quarter. In the third quarter, both teams scored 18 points and Wesley maintained its eight-point lead.

Shanique Mattis and Alexis Nolan came out hot in the fourth quarter, combining for 8 straight points to bring the Lions within three.

After Wesley extended its lead, Penn State sank three straight three-pointers to get within two with 1:38 to go. But Wesley hung on.

Tessa Dolce posted 11 rebounds and 12 points for Penn State. Jada Pettis had nine rebounds off the bench. Alexis Nolan had five assists.

Against undefeated Christopher Newport at home on Saturday, Jan. 14, the Lions made it a game for more than three quarters but lost 63-46.

Christopher Newport is 15-0 overall and 8-0 in the CAC and ranked No. 6 nationally. They outscored the Lions 26-10 in the fourth quarter.

Both teams were ice cold from three-point range. Harrisburg was 3-18 (16 percent). Christopher Newport was 2-18 (11 percent).

Penn State Harrisburg outscored the Captains in the first quarter 14-12. Kaitlyn Carmo scored all of her nine points of the day in the first. Carmo’s three pointer with 52 seconds to go in the first put the Lion's on top 12-8.

Tessa Dolce hit two straight layups to give the Lions a 22-14 lead with three minutes to go in the first half, but that lead was cut to 22-19 by intermission.

Newport opened up the second half with a steal and a bucket before Alexis Nolan sank a three to extend Harrisburg's lead to four points. Newport took the lead back with 7:35 to go, 28-27. Nolan finished her second three of the day to put the Lions ahead 31-30. Ana Edmondson made a jumper with 13 second to go in the quarter and the Lions trailed by two, and Raven Ransom made a free throw to bring Harrisburg within one as they headed into the final quarter.

The 26-10 advantage in the fourth gave Christopher Newport the win.

Dolce had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Carmo added 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Nolan had 9 points, 4 assists and 2 steals. Ransom had 7 rebounds off the bench.

Penn State Harrisburg will travel to Marymount (Virginia) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, and play host to St. Mary’s (Maryland) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

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ESPNW's Expert at PSU Harrisburg

CarolStiffCarol Stiff, vice president of content programming and integration at ESPNW, will lead a discussion on women in sports, followed by a film screening of the documentary “Venus Vs.” on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Olmsted Building auditorium at Penn State Harrisburg.

The discussion will include the affects of Title IX - a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

Stiff is recognized as one of the most influential people in women’s college sports, particularly in basketball, where ESPN has held exclusivity on the NCAA tournament since 1996. She focuses on integrating the content and stories from the comprehensive multi-platform ESPNW initiative, and elevating its presence across the ESPN network.

Stiff was inducted into the Connecticut Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2005; was named the “Top Advocate for Women’s Basketball” by the Tampa Tribune in 2008; in 2009 Sports Business Journal recognized her as one of the most influential executives leading the way in women’s sports; and she was awarded the 2011 WBCA Mel Greenberg Media Award for her commitment to women’s basketball and advancing the role of media in the game.

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