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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Needing wins, Lions fall to Wesley, Eagles

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The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team just can’t seem to find their rhythm so far this season.

Despite winning a couple big games so far this year, the Lions failed to get a much-needed winning streak started, falling to Wesley, 85-69 on Wednesday, Jan. 14 in Dover, Del.

Penn State Harrisburg's record is now 2-13 (2-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference).

The Wolverines (7-8, 5-3 in the conference) jumped on the Lions early with an 11-2 run in the first four minutes of the game.
Nick Seefeldt scored two with 8:21 to go in the half to bring the Blue & White within five points. But that is as close as they would get. Wesley kept the Lions at least an arm’s length away for the final twenty minutes.

Tariq Bennett did his best to bring the Lions back into contention with his game-high 22 points, but even the freshman’s season high was not enough to overcome Wesley’s extended lead as the final minutes wound down.

There is still plenty of season to go, and the new addition of Anthony Morgan, a transfer from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. may be the bounce the Lions need to get back on track. Morgan added 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in his first outing with the Lions.

Mary Washington 70, Lions 61

On the second annual Orange 4 Owen Day in the Capital Union Building, Penn State Harrisburg was ready to bring home a win against a sharp-shooting Mary Washington backcourt.

Both teams have struggled this season and both teams went after it from the opening tip.

The Lions jumped out to an early lead, but the shooting of Mary Washington (3-12, 3-5) soon tied the game. Just when the Eagles seemed to be pulling away – they led by as many as 16 points in the first half – Penn State Harrisburg's Alberto De Los Santos started to heat up, scoring 11 straight points for the Lions, including three straight deep balls to keep the Blue & White in the game.

Going into halftime, the Eagles held a 38-30 lead.

The start of the second half was owned by Morgan, who controlled the paint at both ends of the court, gathering rebound after rebound that lead to multiple second chance opportunities for the Lions.

Joey Farthing and Arick Sodini both had timely shots and clutch plays to bring the Lions back to take a 57-54 lead with 5:32 remaining.

But the lead would not last as a Mary Washington triple tied the game a couple of possessions later.

Penn State Harrisburg's gritty effort was not enough to take down the Eagles, as Mary Washington slowly gained a nine-point lead and would maintain it to the final horn.

De Los Santos finished with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists.

The quickness of Penn State Harrisburg guards Seefeldt and Bennett gave the Eagles trouble, as the duo forced Mary Washington into multiple turnovers. Bennett and Seefeldt combined for four steals.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:12

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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Aggressive defense leads Lions to win over Wesley

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Looking to put a stop to their five game losing streak, Penn State Harrisburg used a balanced scoring attack to take down Wesley, 65-61 on Wednesday Jan. 14 in Dover, Del.

The Lions (4-11, 3-5 in the Capital Athletic Conference) came out with a defensive intensity that proved to be very successful early against the Wolverines (7-7, 3-5). The Blue & White held Wesley to a dismal 28 percent from the field and 22 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Lions' tenacious defense also led to 10 Wesley turnovers through the first 20 minutes of play.

The Lions led by as many as seven points in the first half behind a strong performance by Kaitlyn Carmo, who tallied seven of her team-leading 16 points in the first half. Despite Penn State Harrisburg's strong start, the Wolverines clawed their way back into the game by finishing the final six minutes on a 16-3 run to take a 29-27 lead at halftime.

The second half did not start the way Penn State Harrisburg had intended. Falling behind by as much as 12 points midway through the second half, the game looked all but over for the Lions. But Penn State Harrisburg went back to what made the Lions successful in the first half– playing defense.

The Blue & White used a 16-5 run to take their first lead of the half with a little under three minutes to play.
Tied in the final minute, freshman Janel Brown sunk the game-winning dagger into Wesley with a basket with 19 seconds left.
Four different Lions scored in double digits. Kiara Carter recorded another double-double by contributing 11 points and 13 rebounds, while junior Jasmine Yanich added 10 points in the victory.  

Mary Washington 76, Lions 41

Penn State Harrisburg couldn't find an answer for Mary Washington's offense on Saturday, Jan. 17 in Middletown.

The Eagles (11-4, 7-1) came out looking to put the Lions down early, jumping out to a 10-2 lead to start the game.
The Lions fought back to get within three points with 6:58 left, but the Eagles went on a 11-4 run to end the half to put the Blue & White down by 10 at intermission.

In the second half, the Eagles didn't slow down at all, jumping out on a 16-5 run with 12:01 left. Penn State Harrisburg tried to fight its way back into the contest without success.

Leading the way for the Lions with 10 points was Becca Bailey, while Carter added 9 points and six rebounds.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:08

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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Captains blitz Lions early, win 77-52

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After a five-hour drive from Middletown to Newport News, Va., Penn State Harrisburg faced the Capital Athletic Conference's second-place team, Christopher Newport.

And the Captains lived up to their lofty position, beating the Lions, 77-52 on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Christopher Newport (9-4, 5-1 in the conference) jumped on Penn State Harrisburg early with a 14-0 run over the first nine minutes of play.

Try as they might, the Lions (3-10, 2-4) could not bounce back from the early attack. The Blue & White went into the half trailing 36-16.

The second half proved to be much of the same. Penn State Harrisburg trailed by as much as 41 points in the second half.

Christopher Newport controlled the paint, outscoring the Lions, 32-14. And the Captains' bench contributed 42 points in the victory.

Penn State Harrisburg was led by freshman Christine Mabry, who came off the bench to score 16 points in just 20 minutes of play.

Penn State Harrisburg's Kiara Carter earned her third straight double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Southern Virginia 65, Lions 63

Carter scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the loss to Southern Virginia (3-9, 1-5) on Wednesday, Jan. 7 in Middletown.

Both teams came out firing on all cylinders, staying within two points of one another for most of the first half.

The Lions went on an 11-2 run with 3:05 to go to put Penn State Harrisburg up by nine points at the half.

The Blue & White led by as much as nine in the second half before running out of gas.

Southern Virginia used a 16-0 run over an eight-minute span to go ahead 59-50 with 5:03 left to play. Penn State Harrisburg went cold from the field, going 0-for-9 during the Knights’ run.

The Lions cut the Knights' lead to 61-60 with only 53 seconds remaining. Sophomore Kaitlyn Carmo took a contested shot at the buzzer in an attempt to tie the game, but the shot missed.

Carter was huge in keeping the Lions close. Carmo added 12 points and 4 rebounds of her own in the defeat.

Freshman Janel Brown netted a deep 3-pointer down the stretch to keep the Knights on their toes.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:18

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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lions tamed by TCNJ, St. Mary's

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Penn State Harrisburg has had a rough start to its 2014 campaign – and was not able to turn things around on the final day of 2014.

The Lions recovered from a 10-point first half deficit, but lost a second half lead when it could not take advantage of the charity stripe in the final 2:00, losing to The College of New Jersey, 66-58 on Wednesday, Dec. 31 in Middletown.

Penn State Harrisburg (1-10, 1-3 in the Capital Athletic Conference) played with quality in the first 10 minutes of the game as the team moved the ball with ease around the court but struggled to finish.

TCNJ slowly built a 10-point lead thanks to the effort of Bobby Brackett putting together a first half double-double. Brackett finished the game with 17 points and 18 rebounds.  

Following some adjustments at halftime from Coach Don Friday, the Blue & White looked a whole different team in the second half. The Lions outscored TCNJ 20-7 through the first seven minutes of play in the second half to take a 37-36 lead with 12:00 left in the game.

The two teams battled point for point before TCNJ used a 7-0 run to extend its lead with 5:00 left.

Penn State Harrisburg went cold from the field in the last five minutes and watched its lead disappear.

Arick Sodini led Penn State Harrisburg with 15 points and five rebounds. Also playing strong for the home Lions were Alberto De Los Santos, who led the team with five assists, and Winton Lyle, who scored 11 points.  

St. Mary's 85
Lions 65

Penn State Harrisburg hung around early, but St. Mary's proved to be too much, as the Seahawks ran away with the game on Saturday, Jan. 3 in St. Mary's, Md.

The Blue & White matched the Seahawks' intensity early, as the two teams battled point for point through the first eight minutes.

But the Lions seemed to run out of steam. St. Mary’s went on a 37-14 run over the final 12 minutes of the opening half to take a comfortable 50-26 lead into the halftime break.

St. Mary’s (6-3, 3-1) continued to pour it on in the second half. Scoring at will, the Seahawks led by as much as 41 with 10:00 left.

St. Mary’s controlled the paint from start to finish, outscoring the visiting Lions 36-16 inside.

Penn State Harrisburg mustered a final push and eventually won the second half scoring line 39-35, but the first half blowout was too much for the Lions to overcome.  

Lion co-captain Joshua Johnson led all scorers with 17 points. Lyle boasted a double-double, scoring 15 points and adding 10 rebounds.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 20:36

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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:41

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