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Penn State men win nail-biter, but can’t contend vs. nationally ranked Newport

The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team stands at 8-11 overall and 5-7 in the Capital Athletic Conference after splitting a pair of games last week.


Penn State Harrisburg 54, York 53

Gbolahan Alliyu grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds to go with nine points to help Penn State Harrisburg beat the York College Spartans on the road Wednesday, Jan. 25, 54-53.

Marquese Daniels and Khalil White both led the team with 12 points apiece.

Up one with only four seconds left in the game, York forced a turnover, but lost it almost immediately before missing a shot from half court, which preserved the win for the Lions. The game had seven ties and six lead changes. Neither team has ever won at home in the series since Penn State Harrisburg joined the CAC.

White made his return off the bench after a three-game absence and led the team in scoring in the first half with eight points in seven minutes, including two-of-three from downtown.

Overall, Penn State struggled in the first half from beyond the arc, sinking three of their 11 attempts.

Each team came out playing noticeably different styles of ball, with Penn State Harrisburg using physicality and athleticism to score on the fast-break, while York used their discipline and ball movement.

Penn State’s bench (31 minutes) outscored the starters (69 minutes) 12-9 in the first half.

York led by as much as nine points early on in the second half, but Penn State Harrisburg stormed back late to take control. The Lions outscored the Spartans 33-26 in the second half.


Christopher Newport 75, Penn State Harrisburg 47

The Lions faced a tall task on the road gainst No. 3-ranked Christopher Newport on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Captains pulled away in the second half for a 75-47 win in Newport News, Virginia.

Jazmon Harris got things started early for the Blue and White with their first three-pointer of the day only 20 seconds into the game. Dante Brown added three buckets in a row with 12 minutes to go in the first half to tie the game at 12.

The Captains and Lions were tied at 16 before the home team went on a 17-9 run to lead 33-25 at the half.

Penn State Harrisburg struggled in the second half offensively as CNU outscored Penn State, 42-22.

Derek Coleman came through for the Lions with 14 points and 2 rebounds. Khalil White came off the bench to register 9 points and 3 rebounds.

Penn State Harrisburg will play host to Frostburg State at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, then play at Southern Virginia at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:50

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Penn State women fall twice, go to 3-15 on season

The Penn State women’s basketball team dropped two more games to fall to 3-15 on the season and 2-10 in the Capital Athletic Conference.


Christopher Newport 75, Penn State Harrisburg 57

The fifth-ranked Christopher Newport women’s basketball team slid past Penn State Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28, 75-57, to remain undefeated. 

Senior guard Kailtyn Carmo led for the Blue and White with 14 points and 10 rebounds on the road in Newport News, Virginia.

Both sides were evenly matched in the first quarter as the home team led by only four at the end of the first. Jada Pettis got things started at the beginning of the game with two straight buckets to give the Lions the lead. Pettis finished with 6 of Penn State’s 10 points in the first quarter.

Penn State Harrisburg was held to only 10 points in the second and 12 points in the third by the Captains as the home teamed jumped out to a 33-point lead at the start of the fourth before Penn State outscored the Captains 25-13 in the fourth quarter.

Precious Shirk came up big off the bench for the Lions with 12 points and 3 rebounds.


York 58, 

Penn State Harrisburg 43

Penn State Harrisburg couldn’t hold on to a four-point halftime lead as the Spartans posted a 58-43 victory over the Lions on Wednesday Jan. 25.

The Lions jumped all over the Spartans early as they sprinted out to a 15-11 lead in the first quarter. The Spartans went on a 7-0 run in the first three minutes of the game before the Lions got back on track with a three from Shanique Mattis. Penn State closed out the first quarter with their own 9-2 run.

The home team put up more of a fight in the second quarter as both teams scored 13 points. Both teams struggled to find the basket in the first two minutes of the second before Sidney Gordon hit a trey to extend their lead 18-11. 

Kaitlyn Carmo had a strong second quarter performance, scoring 8 of the Lions’ 13 points.

York found its stride in the second half, outscoring Harrisburg 34-15. Harrisburg struggled to slow down the home team’s momentum before the Spartans took down the Lions for their seventh conference win.

Carmo and Mattis led for the Blue and White with eight points each and a combined total of 6 rebounds.

Penn State Harrisburg will host Frostburg State at 6 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 1, and play at Southern Virginia at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:50

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PSU men split pair of games, stand at 7-10

DSC 1405 edited 1Marquese Daniels drives for two vs. St. Mary’s on Saturday, Jan. 21.


The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team is now 7-10 on the season and 4-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference after splitting two games last week.


Penn State Harrisburg 65, St. Mary’s (Maryland) 61

Penn State Harrisburg overcame a three-point halftime deficit with some big stops in the final minutes of play to win its fourth CAC game of the season against the visiting St. Mary’s Seahawks on Saturday Jan. 21.

Marquese Daniels led all scorers with 20 in Harrisburg’s 65-61 win. Penn State overcame 15 turnovers.

With 12 minutes to go in the first half, Harrisburg trailed by 8 points before four Lions worked together to tie the game up at 20. The Seahawks responded with their own 8-0 run but were stopped by Jazmon Harris with his own three-pointer and layup. Nelson Jones’ jumper at the end of the first half cut the visitors’ lead to three.

Penn State Harrisburg came out hot at the start of the second half with two back-to-back three-pointers from Harris and Daniels, who quickly tied the game up at the start of the half. 

Both teams struggled to find the basket for the next three minutes. For the next 10 minutes there would be several lead changes and turnovers by both sides

Davis Luethke’s three-pointer in the sixth minute gave the Lions their largest lead of the half at that point with five minutes to go. Daniels added three more onto the lead with a three-pointer with 4:30 to go.

The Seahawks made three free throws in the last minute of the game but the Lions’ late lead sealed the win.

Daniels also had 4 rebounds. Harris added 11 points. Derek Coleman had 9 off the bench. Gbolahan Alliyu scored only 4 points but had 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kahlil Williams had 6 points and 6 rebounds.

Marymount (Virginia) 78, Penn State Harrisburg 76

A huge game by Kahlil Williams — 36 points and 10 rebounds — wasn’t enough for Penn State Harrisburg to win on the road at Marymount as the Lions fell 78-76 in overtime.

Marymount made two free throws with one second to go in overtime to seal the win.

The Lions got off to a great start, jumping out to an early 12-5 lead thanks to two three-pointers in the first five minutes of the game. The home team responded with a 6-0 run to tie the game with 11:46 left in the first. 

But then Marymount scored 15 straight points at the end of the first half to lead Harrisburg by 11 points at halftime.

Marymount continued to lead for the majority of the second half before the Lions tied the game thanks to a layup and free throw by Williams with 2:29 to go in regulation.

Jazmon Harris hit a three-point jumper with 10 seconds to go in the second half to tie the game at 69 and send it into overtime.

Both sides battled back and forth for the lead throughout overtime before Marymount finished with four straight free throws to seal the game.

Penn State Harrisburg’s Ibn-Haneef Nelson posted 12 points of his own and 4 rebounds.

Penn State Harrisburg will travel to York on Wednesday Jan. 25 for an 8 p.m. tipoff then play at Christopher Newport in Newport News, Virginia, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 09:20

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Carmo now PSU Harrisburg’s top all-time women's scorer


DSC 1220 edited 1Kaitlyn Carmo is now the leading scorer in Penn State Harrisburg’s women basketball history.

The Penn State Harrisburg women’s basketball team managed one win last week but still stands at 4-13 on the season and 2-8 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

But there was one huge highlight: Kaitlyn Carmo became the leading Penn State Harrisburg women’s scorer of all time.


Marymount (Virginia) 69, Penn State Harrisburg 42

The bright note of the tough road loss on Wednesday, Jan. 18, was Carmo, whose 9 points tied her for first in Penn State Harrisburg women’s basketball program history with 1,052 points.

Penn State kept the game close vs. Marymount (13-3, 7-2 CAC), trailing only 14-12 after the first quarter. But the Saints outscored the Lions 20-9 in the second quarter and 21-5 in the third to pull away.

Penn State was outrebounded, 46-21.

The Lions posted solid first and fourth quarter performances after trailing 10-2 with 4:45 to go in the first. Shanique Mattis put Harrisburg back on track with a three-pointer with 2:07 to go. Forward Tessa Dolce and Carmo cut the home teams lead to 2 points with two back-to-back baskets at the end of the first.

Katie Schwenk and Madison Hemler added a total of 7 points in the fourth.

Carmo led the way for the Lions with 9 points and added 2 rebounds. Dolce had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Shanique Mattis also scored 8. Janel Brown had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench.


Penn State Harrisburg 56, St. Mary’s (Maryland) 53

The Lions rebounded on Saturday, Jan. 21 as Shanique Mattis had 16 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 3 assists to lead Penn State to its second conference win of the season.  

Carmo came into the game tied with former Lions forward Steph Yetter with 1,052 career points. She broke the record at the 5:47 mark in the first quarter on her first free-throw attempt of the game. Carmo finished the contest with 10 points and 7 rebounds. 

Freshman Raven Ransom played arguably her most dominating game of the season, finishing a point shy of a double-double, with nine points and a season-high 14 rebounds. She was able to go toe-to-toe with the Capital Athletic Conference’s second-leading rebounder 6-foot-3-inch Nina Haller.

The unsung hero of the game might have been sophomore Aireo Payne, who played 26 minutes off the bench and provided a spark for her teammates with two timely steals in the first quarter.  It was a battle of turnovers for both teams from the beginning, with the Lions edging out the Seahawks 25-24 at halftime.

The third quarter was the home team’s strongest of the game. They came out of the locker room trailing 25-24, but a quick 12-1 run in the first five minutes of the second half gave them their biggest lead of the game, 36-26.

The beginning of the fourth quarter saw momentum begin to shift in favor of the Seahawks, who managed to pull back within one and keep things close. The Lady Lions never forfeited their lead, however.

The final seconds of the game got tense when the Seahawks’ Jane Mathiesen sunk a three-pointer with 3.3 seconds left to pull them within two. Carmo drew the foul on the ensuing play, sinking one of her two free throws and pushing the lead back up to three. 

With two seconds remaining, the Seahawks' Nina Haller chucked up the half-court shot on a last ditch effort to tie the game. The ball bounced off the rim as time expired, giving the home team the win.

Alexis Nolan had 11 points in the game. Jada Pettis had 4 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.

Penn State Harrisburg travels to York on Wednesday, Jan. 25, to take on the York College Spartans (12-4, 6-3 CAC). 

They will travel to Newport News, Virginia, to play undefeated Christopher Newport at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

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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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