Published Date Written by Tom Klemick
Penn State Harrisburg’s postseason hopes took a major hit when the Lions fell to Capital Athletic Conference powerhouse Christopher Newport 74-44 in front of more than 1,000 fans in Newport News, Va. on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The Blue & White (8-15, 5-9 in the conference) fell two games behind Salisbury and Marymount for the league’s sixth and final playoff spot. With just two contests remaining on the docket, the Lions would need to win out in addition to getting some help if they are to earn a berth in the conference tournament.
Sophomore big man Jared Deibler, a Middletown Area High School graduate, led Penn State Harrisburg with 8 points and eight rebounds. The Captains’ Mike Cherry scored a game-high 16 points while teammate Evan Thorpe netted 15.
Penn State Harrisburg was strong out of the gate and opened the game by shooting 5-6 from the field. The Lions led for seven of the game’s first eight minutes before the Captains (16-7, 8-6) clamped down defensively and ended the first half on a momentum-changing 25-10 run.
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