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Penn State Harrisburg women's basketball team picks up tough road victory

The Penn State Harrisburg women’s basketball team split a pair of games last week and stand at 6-17 on the season overall, 4-12 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

They battled back from a 16-point deficit Wednesday evening, Feb. 8, to force the match into overtime at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. But they eventually fell to the Sea Gulls in overtime, 64-55. 

Penn State struggled throughout the first half, scoring a combined total of 10 points throughout the first two quarters. The Sea Gulls led at half time 26-10 before the Lion’s came out hot in the second and dominated offensively

The Lion’s started off the second half with a 9-0 run to cut the home team’s lead to 10. Kaitlyn Carmo sank two straight layups late in the third quarter to bring Harrisburg within 5 of Salisbury before they scored four points of their own to lead by 9 heading into the final quarter.

With four minutes to go in regulation, Shanique Mattis finished a three to put the Lions only three points behind. Mattis sank a second 3-pointer with 1:04 to go to tie the game up for the first time all night. Both teams stayed strong defensively for the final minute to force the game to overtime.

Salisbury pulled away in overtime, outscoring Harrisburg 17-8 to hold on for their eighth conference win.

Carmo led for the Blue and White with 15 points and 6 rebounds followed by teammate Tessa Dolce, who posted 14 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Mattis had 9 points and 7 rebounds.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Carmo scored 13 points, Mattis sunk a key last-second free throw, and the Lions found a way to win their toughest road matchup of the season against Mary Washington. 

It was only the Eagles’ second loss of the season.

It took a few minutes at the beginning of the game for Penn State Harrisburg to shake off the rust and get going on offense, allowing Mary Washington to quickly build a 7-0 lead out of the gate.

Soon the Lions started to find their groove at both ends of the court, spurring a 13-2 run from the 4:09 mark in the first quarter through the 4:14 mark of the second quarter — almost 10 straight minutes in which Mary Washington managed only 2 points.

Both teams struggled offensively for long stretches over the first 20 minutes. Penn State Harrisburg went into halftime shooting only 28.6 percent from the field, while going 1-7 at the charity stripe. Mary Washington did not fare much better, also shooting only 28 percent from the field and doing slightly better from the stripe, connecting on five of their 12 attempts.

The largest lead in the first half for the Lions came on a Carmo 3-point basket with 2:51 to go before halftime, putting them up five, 22-17.

Mary Washington scored the final four points to close the close Penn State's lead to 22-21 at the half.

The second half was a highly competitive, well-balanced back-and-forth between both teams, resulting in six lead-changes and 12 ties from start to finish. No team ever led by more than five points.

The contest was up in the air until the final seconds. Penn State Harrisburg was provided opportunities in the final minute of the game to create some cushion, but missed three of their four free-throw attempts. The one that did go in, compliments of Mattis with 9 seconds left, would turn out to be the final point of the game.

Carmo added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Mattis also pulled in 10 rebounds. Precious Shirk had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists.

Penn State Harrisburg will return home Wednesday, Feb. 15, to take on the Wesley Wolverines (9-13, 7-8 CAC). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. On Saturday, they will play host to Marymount at 1 p.m. They are out of the CAC playoff race.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:08

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Penn State men’s basketball team still in running for CAC playoffs

The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team lost two road games last week, putting a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament in jeopardy.

Penn State now stands at 9-14 overall and 6-10 in the CAC.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Kahlil Williams scored a double-double in his return to the rotation, but the Lions fell to the Salisbury Sea Gulls on the road for their second straight loss.  

Williams’ 15 points and 11 rebounds were not enough to overcome the nationally ranked defense.

Khalil White also made his return after a one-game absence to lead the Lions with 17 points. He added 7 rebounds.

The Lions missed their first six shots of the game, but finally got on the board on a layup by  Gbolahan Alliyu. Salisbury, ranked No. 12 nationally in Division III men’s basketball, also struggled in the first couple of minutes to get going, missing three 3-point shot attempts in the first three minutes.

A 6-0 run about five minutes in gave Penn State Harrisburg what would become their largest lead of the game at 15-10.

The first half was a tight contest, with each team going cold and hot offensively at around the same time. From the 7:20 to the 3:15 mark, both teams combined to score 6 points.

The Lions were only 1-12 from 3-point range in the first half. They trailed 36-28.

Penn State Harrisburg came out of the locker room with some more energy and was able to keep pace with Salisbury for the early going in the second half. Trailing by 12 at the 9:33 mark, the Lions began to create some good looks that led to a 7-0 outburst that brought the contest back within five.

Salisbury’s talented starting five proved too much for Penn State Harrisburg in the final 10 minutes. Defensively, the Sea Gulls are one of the toughest teams the Lions have faced this season, allowing fewer than 63 point per game during conference play.

Marquese Daniels added 14 points .

In Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Saturday, Feb. 11, the team struggled in a 91-56 loss against Mary Washington. Jazmon Harris led for the Lions with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in the 91-56 loss.

Throughout the first 10 minutes of play, both teams exchanged baskets with the Lions trailing by one. Harris scored 9 straight points for the Lions before the Eagles went on an 8-0 run to lead 25-18 with 6:11 to go in the first half.

The Blue and White struggled to slow the Eagles down in the remaining 6 minutes. The home team led at half 37-24. Mary Washington opened the second half with back-to-back threes to extend their lead.

Kahlil Williams posted 12 points. Ryan Bollinger had 8 points and Nelson Jones had 7, both off the bench. Jones had 6 rebounds, one fewer than Alliyu’s team-leading 7.

Penn State Harrisburg will play host to Wesley at 8 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 15, then play host to Marymount at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, on Senior Day and Alumni Day. It’s their last game before any potential CAC playoffs.

 

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Third-ranked Christopher Newport and 12th-ranked Salisbury each continued their winning streaks in Saturday’s CAC men’s basketball action, locking up the top two seeds and first-round byes in the CAC postseason. 

Meanwhile, York secured the No. 3 seed and a first-round home game with a win of its own, while St. Mary’s and Mary Washington picked up key victories for playoff positioning. 

With two games remaining the regular season, CNU (21-2, 15-1) has now won 15 straight games and will host a semifinal game on Thursday, Feb. 23, while Salisbury (19-4, 14-2) has won five straight and will also host a semifinal. As the No. 3 seed, York (15-8, 11-5) will host a first-round contest on Tuesday, Feb. 21. 

Seeds four through six remain up for grabs, with St. Mary’s (12-11, 7-9), Marymount (10-13, 7-9), and Wesley (9-14, 7-9) in a three-way tie for fourth followed by Mary Washington (11-12, 6-10) and Penn State Harrisburg (9-14, 6-10) one game back in a tie for seventh. 

Key matchups for playoff positing this week include Wesley at Penn State Harrisburg (Wednesday), Mary Washington at Marymount (Wednesday), Salisbury at St. Mary’s (Wednesday), Marymount at Penn State Harrisburg (Saturday), and Mary Washington at Wesley (Saturday). 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:07

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Penn State Harrisburg baseball team 6th in CAC preseason poll

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Penn State Harrisburg, led by fifth-year head coach Ryan Bown, will look to build upon last season’s 19-32 (9-9 CAC) record and 6th-place conference finish as the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference season gets underway.

It will likely feature another tight race for the conference crown, as evidenced by four CAC teams receiving first-place votes in a preseason vote among the conference head coaches. 

Salisbury, Frostburg State, Marymount, and Christopher Newport each received at least one first-place vote in the 2017 CAC Baseball Preseason Poll.

Defending-champion Salisbury was chosen as the preseason favorite with six first-place votes and 77 points. Frostburg State (69 points, one first-place vote) edged out Marymount (68 points, two first-place votes) by one point for second place, while CNU also garnered a first-place vote and landed fourth in the preseason poll with 61 points.

Mary Washington (41 points) and Penn State Harrisburg (39 points) completed the top six in the preseason poll. Wesley was slightly behind Penn State Harrisburg in seventh with 37 points, followed by York (29 points), St. Mary's (16 points) and Southern Virginia (13 points).

Salisbury is ranked in both the D3baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason national polls. 

The Sea Gulls are No. 24 in the D3baseball.com poll and No. 30 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. Frostburg State is receiving votes in both polls, while CNU is also receiving votes from D3baseball.com

For the second straight year, both Salisbury and Frostburg State represented the CAC in NCAA Baseball Tournament last spring. 

Salisbury earned the CAC's automatic bid for the 13th time in program history with a victory over Frostburg State in the CAC championship, while the Bobcats secured an at-large NCAA bid.

The 2017 season kicks off in early February, with Southern Virginia slated to open things up on Feb. 3. The majority of CAC teams begin non-conference play in mid-February, with the CAC regular season starting on March 11. 

The six-team CAC Tournament is set for April 18 and 20-22, with the champion earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Penn State Harrisburg’s rotation will be anchored by returning juniors Mark Artley and Bobby Patterson, who combined for 11 of the teams' wins in 2016. 

Tom Denniston returns for his senior season as one of the club's more experienced leaders. He's likely to split his talents behind the plate and in the outfield. 

Also, look for sophomore Scott Angstadt Jr. to try and pick up where he left off last year, when he finished with a team-leading .341 batting average. 

The Lions’ first game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, when they travel to Lynchburg to take on the Hornets. Their home opener is scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, vs. Messiah.

York enters the season healthy as they look to get back into the CAC Tournament after missing out on the tournament the last two years. 

Head coach Mike Scappa welcomes back a strong core of position players while the pitching staff looks to be healthy after suffering a number of injuries that hampered production in 2016. 

Back to front the rotation is 2014 CAC Rookie of the Year Elliot Mortimer as he will be the Spartans' top starter. Senior Randy Frankenfield and junior Joel Kenney give York a solid top three in the rotation. 

A number of sophomores give York unprecedented pitching depth. The everyday lineup features seniors Logan Countryman and Mike Moore as they will both be Spartan captains. 

Juniors Collin Crowell and Zach Hossler will hold down the middle of the infield while other returning starters include Seth Brosius and Christian Bilan.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:35

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PSU Harrisburg men split, remain in CAC playoff hunt

The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team earned its sixth Capital Athletic Conference win vs. Frostburg State on Wednesday, Feb. 1, before falling on the road at Southern Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The Lions are 9-12 overall and 6-8 in the CAC. They play at Salisbury on Wednesday, Feb. 8, they travel to Mary Washington on Saturday, Feb. 11, before playing host to Wesley on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The Lions continue to fight to make the six-team CAC playoff. They are tied for sixth with Mary Washington. Christopher Newport and Salisbury are the only two teams who have guaranteed a playoff position, and both are nationally ranked. 

In the 56-53 home win vs. the Frostburg State Bobcats, Penn State Harrisburg led only in the first and last minute of the game.         

Frostburg State started the game strong with an opening 14-4 run in the first 10 minutes.  Senior captain Jazmon Harris then scored five straight to help get the Lions on track and Harrisburg was able to bring the deficit to 30-25 by halftime.

Penn State scored the first two points again to start the second. In similar fashion to the first half, however, they found themselves down by 10 with 12:49 to go in the game. 

The Bobcats had two looks from deep in their final possession, but couldn’t convert.

Harris led the team with 24 points by going 9-19 from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. Edwin Cole led the Bobcats with 21 points and 13 rebounds. 

Gbolahan Alliyu continued to excel on the defensive end. He led the team with 15 rebounds and 8 blocks. Marquese Daniels scored 9 points. Khalil White scored 13 for Penn State Harrisburg, Nelson Jones had 9 rebounds off the bench.

On the road in Buena Vista, Virginia, Harris led Penn State Harrisburg with 17 points, but the Lions were unable to get past the Southern Virginia Knights, falling 88-76.

Harris started the scoring for Penn State Harrisburg with a 3-pointer just 46 seconds into the contest.

Southern Virginia shot 59 percent on field goals and 75 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. The Lions finished the first half scoring only eight of their 27 field goal attempts (29.6 percent), while going 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range. The Knights led 42-27 at halftime.

Penn State Harrisburg was able to cut into the Knights’ 15-point halftime lead. The 7-0 run to begin the second half was led by Marquise Daniels.

The closest the team was able to get was when Harris drained a 3-pointer with 12:38 to go in the game, making it 52-48. But Southern Virginia regained steam with a 10-1 run over the following two minutes.

Penn State Harrisburg was hit with five technical fouls in the contest, four of which came at crucial times in the second half. The technical fouls turned in to 10 points and loss of possessions. An outburst by Harris earned him an ejection with 4:14 to play.

Ibn-Haneef Nelson added 14 for Penn State. John Ukpaiama had 10 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Alliyu had 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks as well as 3 steals.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:30

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Lion women pick up 5th win of season vs. Southern Va.

The Penn State Harrisburg women’s basketball team split a pair of games last week, losing at home to Frostburg State but picking up a huge road win at Southern Virginia.

They are 5-16 overall and 3-11 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

In the 66-51 loss to Frostburg State on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the visitors came out strong in the first quarter, holding the Lions to only 11 points while scoring 22 of their own. In the second quarter, the visitors led 29-11 before Kaitlyn Carmo and Shanique Mattis worked together to get the Lions back on track with 5 straight points of their own.

Penn State Harrisburg finished out the second quarter with a 9-3 run to cut Frostburg’s lead to 39-27 at the half. Madison Hemler sank her first 3-pointer of the season as four Lady Lions combined for four straight buckets.

The Lions dominated the third quarter offensively while also playing strong defense as Frostburg was only able to score 8 points. Precious Shirk and Mattis each sank a 3-pointer with less than three to go in the third to trail Frostburg by only 8 points heading into the final quarter. Frostburg, however, cruised to its seventh conference win of the year in the fourth quarter by outscoring Harrisburg 19-12.

Jada Pettis led for the Blue and White with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Mattis was close behind with 10 points while Kaitlyn Carmo added 7 rebounds and 4 points.

In Buena Vista, Virginia, on Saturday, Feb. 4, the Lions cruised past Southern Virginia. Carmo led the way with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 1 block. Mattis finished the day with a double-double at 18 points and 11 rebounds along with 5 steals.

Penn State Harrisburg outscored the home team 28-12 in the fourth quarter to seal the win, 89-69. Mattis and Carmo combined for 21 of the 28 points in the fourth quarter.

The Lions trailed at the end of the first quarter, 21-17, before pulling ahead in the second to lead at the half, 39-37. At the beginning of the second quarter, the home team opened things up with a 7-0 run before the Lions took control. They responded with their own 14-0 run to take the lead for the first time in the game.

Aireo Payne and Carmo combined for 12 points to put Harrisburg on top by one before Madison Hemler sank a 3-pointer to extend the Lions second-quarter lead. SVU responded with their own three to cut Harrisburg’s lead to two, 39-37, at halftime.

Carmo scored her third three of the day at the start of the second half to put Harrisburg on track to keep their lead. But then Southern Virginia scored back-to-back three-pointers to take back the lead. With less then one minute to go in the third quarter, Katie Humphrey sank two straight 3-pointers to put Harrisburg on top 61-52.

Payne added 14 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist for Penn State.

The team will play at Salisbury on Wednesday, Feb. 8, then travel to Mary Washington on Saturday, Feb. 11, before returning home to play host to Wesley on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:30

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