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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lions fight, but fall to Captains, 66-56, in finale

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The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team fought through the wintery conditions to play its final game of the season against Christopher Newport on Saturday Feb. 21 in Middletown. Seniors Alberto De Los Santos and Joey Farthing both had strong performances in what was the final game of their collegiate careers.

Christopher Newport won, 66-56, and heads to the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs. Penn State Harrisburg (3-22, 3-15 in the conference) finished in last place.

The Captains (18-7, 13-5) pounced early, taking a 9-2 lead right from the start, but Penn State Harrisburg was prepared for the challenge and responded by scoring seven straight to tie the game, 9-9, with 14:11 to play in the first.

Neither team made any headway, and the score was tied, 28-28, at halftime.

Christopher Newport went on a 6-0 run to open the second half in an attempt to run away early. But the Lions rallied with a run of their own to tie the game again, this time 36-36 just five minutes into the second half.

The two teams exchanged blows for the next five minutes of play, with both teams looking for the knockout punch.

Christopher Newport took the lead at the 11:16 mark and kept it the rest of the game.

The Lions did all they could to pull off some late-game heroics but came up short and allowed the Captains to pull away late.

De Los Santos went out with a bang on Senior Day, leading all scorers with 25 points. Anthony Morgan, the Lions' big man, controlled the paint for the Blue & White, scoring 11 points and pulling down seven rebounds in the season finale.

Farthing finished his college career scoring 9 points and collecting seven rebounds in the defeat.

Penn State Harrisburg’s work rate and attitude, combined with a strong recruiting class, has the Lion faithful excited about the future of the young program.

Wesley 78,
Lions 71

The Lions came into their game against Wesley on Wednesday, Feb. 18 in Middletown  knowing the playoffs were out of reach. That would not stop Penn State Harrisburg from putting together one of their best home performances of the season.

Still, Wesley (12-13, 10-8) clinched a conference playoff spot with the win.  

As the game tipped off, the Lions' Arick Sodini wasted no time scoring the first two points of the game. Both teams then battled point-for-point, and neither team could hold a lead for long through the entire first half. Penn State Harrisburg led at halftime, 35-31.

As the second half started, the game remained as tight as it had in the first, although the pace definitely slowed down – there were a combined 46 fouls between the two teams.

Either team could have pulled out the win in the end, but Wesley won the foul shot game in the final minutes and hit a big three-point shot every time it was called for.

Sodini led the Blue & White with 16 points. De Los Santos scored 15, including 7-for-7 from the free throw line, while Morgan led the team in rebounds with nine as well as adding 11 points.


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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Captains' press too much for Lions, 80-52

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The Penn State Harrisburg women’s basketball team celebrated their seniors, Rachel Moyer and Emilee Truitt in the final game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 21 in Middletown. But Christopher Newport did not come just to honor the Lion seniors – the Captains came to win, and did, 80-52.

The Blue & White (4-21, 3-15 in the Capital Athletic Conference) kept things close at the start. Becca Bailey scored back-to-back buckets to bring the Lions within one point with 12:00 to go in the half.

But Christopher Newport (17-8, 13-5) slowly built a seven-point advantage and then finished the half on a 19-5 run to take a commanding 42-21 lead at halftime.

As the second half started, the Captains' full-court press was too much for the Lions, who have struggled with turnovers for most of the season. Penn State Harrisburg turned the ball over 28 times compared to 10 for the Captains – and the turnovers helped Christopher Newport build its lead to as much as 39 points in the second half.

The Lions refused to give up, finishing the final nine minutes on a 19-8 run, which included three-pointers from both seniors. Both Truitt and Moyer also received a standing ovation as the exited the floor in the final minute for the last time of their collegiate careers.

Penn State Harrisburg's youth, as well as five potential starters returning next season, could help improve the Lions next year.

Wesley 62,
Lions 53

The Lions already were eliminated from the playoff race, but Wesley needed a win to stay in contention when both teams met on Wednesday, Feb. 18 in Middletown.

The first half started out in favor of Penn State Harrisburg, as the Lions shot well from the opening tip-off. Penn State Harrisburg led by as much as six points before the Wolverines (11-14, 7-11) found some rhythm and pulled ahead, 19-18 with 8:40 to go in the half.

The Lions responded by finishing the half strong enough to take a four-point advantage going into the locker room.

Penn State Harrisburg continued to stay in control for the first five minutes of the second half, but eventually the Lions' lack of awareness defensively combined with Wesley’s speed off the dribble resulted in easy Wolverine layups. Wesley went on a 15-0 run over a five-minute span to take a 48-39 lead with 10:20 left in the game.  

Kiara Carter hit two of her 16 points on the night to bring the Lions back within four points, but that was as close as the Lions got.

Wesley slowly killed off the clock and won the game.

Carter led the Lions with 16 points and 15 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the year. Freshman Christine Mabry came off the bench to go 2-for-4 from deep for 6 points in her 12 minutes on the floor.


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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lions fall to Frostburg St. in playoff spot showdown

Penn State Harrisburg faced off against Frostburg St. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in a game with major playoff implications in the Capital Athletic Conference.

The Bobcats came into the contest two games ahead of the Lions and tied for the sixth and final conference playoff spot.
Despite a second-half run that brought them within reach, the Lions fell, 70-67 in Middletown. Penn State Harrisburg (3-18, 3-11 in the conference) now trail sixth-place Frostburg St. (10-11, 6-8) by three games.

The Lions were up midway through the first half after Arick Sodini hit a jumper to put the team up 12-11 with 12:23 left. But the Bobcats used a 19-7 run in the final 10 minutes of the half to take a 36-22 lead at intermission.

But the Lions responded strong early in the second half, rallying for an 11-0 run in about 2:00 to move to within three points.
Frostburg St. then outscored the Lions 17-5 over the next 10 minutes to gain some breathing room.

The Blue & White made one last run to get back in the game and in the final two minutes the Lions crept within one possession of victory.

But Frostburg State would not allow it. The Bobcats hit consistently from the foul line in the final minute to win the game.
Showing well for the Lions were Anthony Morgan, who scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Joey Farthing, who recorded a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Southern Virginia 68, Lions 64

Penn State Harrisburg's Tariq Bennett scored a season-high 22 points, but the Lions fell to Southern Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 7 in Buena Vista, Va.

Both teams went basket-for-basket during the first part of the first half, as Southern Virginia (4-16, 2-12) held just a two-point advantage with 12:17 to play in the half.

But the Lions struggled to put a stop to the Knights' ensuing 10-0 run that proved to be the difference in the first. Southern Virginia led 29-20 at intermission.

The Lions could not turn things around until Bennett ignited a 10-2 run with a three-point shot, a run that brought Penn State Harrisburg within four points with 11:30 left in the game.

The Knights pushed back and extended their lead to eight points with 6:15 to play.

The Lions, who have made a habit of hanging close late in their games, used a Farthing layup and another Bennett three-point show to pull Penn State Harrisburg within three points, 58-55 with just 5:43 left.

But Southern Virginia made 6-of-7 shots form the foul line in the final five minutes to hold on for the victory.


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Lions fall to Knights, top Frostburg

For much of the season, it’s seemed like Penn State Harrisburg has been one bounce of the ball, one fortunate break, one key run away from picking up crucial victories.


Instead, the Lions have ended up on the wrong end of those situations more times than they would have liked this year. The Lions’ matchup against Southern Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 8 was no different.tinydribble2 12 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Penn State Harrisburg’s Logan Stovall (32) drives against a Southern Virginia defender in the Lions’ 74-67 loss to the Knights.


After falling behind by as many as 18 points, the Blue & White made it a one possession game late in regulation. Unfortunately, the Lions failed to get a decisive defensive stop when it mattered most and ultimately fell to the Knights, 74-67 in Middletown.


Will Doyle continued his recent string of stellar outings for Penn State Harrisburg (7-14), dropping a game-high 16 points on Southern Virginia (5-13). He also dished out a game-high five assists. Sophomore Jared Deibler, a Middletown Area High School graduate, added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds off the bench. Teammate Rayshaun Anderson-Brown was also strong, posting 11 points and five boards.


The Lions were strong out of the gate, jumping out to a 12-5 lead when Joey Farthing converted a layup at the 14:42 mark.

The Knights regrouped and kept things close during the game’s opening 10 minutes. Southern Virginia’s Wesley Evans connected from beyond the 3-point arc with 7:06 remaining in the first half to tie the score, 20-20.


From there, Southern Virginia ended the half on a 12-4 run and took a 32-24 advantage into the break.


After both teams struggled to get going offensively to begin the second half, Penn State Harrisburg scored 6 unanswered points to cut the deficit to 32-30 on a layup by Winton Lyle with 15:22 left to play.


But just as quickly as the Blue & White climbed back into the game, Southern Virginia increased its lead thanks to a 12-0 run over the next two minutes.


Trailing 52-34 with about 8:00 left to play, the Lions made one last push.


Penn State Harrisburg traded buckets with the Knights before getting stops on the defensive end that allowed the Lions to cut into Southern Virginia’s lead. The Lions put together an 18-8 run over a stretch of 4:30 to bring them within 4 points, 62-58 with 2:06 left in the game.


Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Lions would get.


Doyle and Anderson-Brown did their best to keep the Lions in it, but every time the Blue & White made a big shot, Southern Virginia had an answer.


The two teams shot nearly identically from the field (43.5 percent to 42.1 percent), but Southern Virginia held the edge in shooting from distance, knocking down nine 3-balls compared to just three by the Blue & White.


The Lions also struggled from the foul line, shooting just 58.8 percent.


Lions 75

Frostburg St. 65


Behind a career-high 22 points from freshman Logan Stovall, Penn State Harrisburg upended Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Frostburg, Md., ending the Lions’ six-game losing streak.


Three other Penn State Harrisburg players reached the double-digit scoring mark: Doyle netted 14, dished out a game-high five assists and pulled in a team-best five rebounds; Kenny Stone dropped 15 on the Bobcats; and freshman Marquese Daniels added 13 points.


The Lions fell behind 9-2 in the early going before putting together a 7-2 run that got them back into contention.


After Frostburg (2-19, 1-12 in the conference) jumped back out in front 20-13, the Blue & White again fought back, cutting the deficit to 20-17 thanks to Doyle’s trey at the 7:09 mark.


A Stone jump shot pulled Penn State Harrisburg (4-8 in the conference) to within 1 point, and the Lions grabbed their first lead of the game, 23-22, when Stovall converted a layup with 4:26 left in the first half.   


Both squads traded the advantage over the next several minutes until Stovall knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to put Penn State Harrisburg out in front 35-32 heading into halftime.


Doyle connected for another triple just seconds after the break to increase the Lions’ lead to 38-32, but the Bobcats battled back over the next 4:00, with a pair of Torrell Goodman free throws drawing Frostburg to within 1 point, 43-42 with 15:17 left to play.


Over the next few minutes, however, the Blue & White steadily began to put distance between themselves and Frostburg State.


Deibler converted two free throws to put Penn State Harrisburg ahead 50-44 at the 12:24 mark and Doyle flushed another 3-ball to push the Lions’ advantage to 53-44 with 11:41 remaining.


Free throws by Stone and Lyle extended Penn State Harrisburg’s lead to 61-51 with 7:13 left to play, and Stone’s layup at the 6:03 mark kept the Blue & White advantage in the double-digits.


Frostburg cut the deficit to just 5 points when Nick Smoot connected from downtown with 2:19 remaining. That’s as close as the Bobcats would get the rest of the way.


Frostburg was forced to foul and Daniels and Stovall converted their free throws down the stretch to keep the Bobcats at bay.


The game’s most telling statistic came in the form of reserve play. Penn State Harrisburg got 52 points from its bench compared to just 10 by he Bobcats’ backups.


The Lions also shot a stout 58.1 percent from the field compared to just 38.8 percent for Frostburg.


The Blue & White shot 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Frostburg managed just 26.7 percent shooting from distance.

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Lions battle Wesley before falling, 83-68

By Tom Klemick

It’s now common knowledge that Penn State Harrisburg will be leaving the North Eastern Athletic Conference following the 2012-13 season to join the Capital Athletic Conference next fall.

The Lions got a taste of things to come when they

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