Lions beat Mounties in overtime

Area College Basketball

CRESSON — Penn State Altoona men’s basketball overcame a double-digit deficit late in the second half of Thursday night’s Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game, coming back to defeat Mount Aloysius College in overtime, 79-76, at the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center.

With the victory, the Lions (15-7, 11-4 AMCC) established a new Penn State Altoona men’s basketball single season record for overall wins with 15. That eclipses the previous record of 14 wins, which the 2016-17 squad achieved.

With 3:03 remaining in the second half of Thursday’s game, Mount Aloysius (5-17, 5-10 AMCC) grabbed a 12-point lead, its largest of the night. But Penn State Altoona embarked on a furious comeback to tie the game before the end of regulation, then win it in overtime.

“This game is a true testament as to why coaching is not for the faint of heart. I’m extremely proud of my guys for staying resilient, staying involved, and staying enthusiastic when it looked like all hope was lost,” Penn State Altoona coach David McGreal said. “I have to give [Mount Aloysius] coach Will Cabrera and the Mounties all the credit in the world. Those guys are a very good team, they play very hard, and they obviously know our weaknesses. They gave us a lot of fits tonight.”

Penn State Altoona’s Dequan Jackson led all scorers with a season-high 28 points, and he grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Ishimeal Nance added 12 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year. Rich Bouknight put up 16 points and six boards for the Lions.

Aubrey Washington II added nine points off the bench for the Lions, and Austin Krise contributed six points and three boards off the bench.

“We talk all the time about being resilient and staying involved, no matter the situation. I really tip my cap to the seniors, who never gave us and continued to stay positive,” McGreal said.

Julian Stover led Mount Aloysius in scoring with 23 points, while Tommy Pisula added 15 points and 10 boards. Josiah Jones also scored 15 points for the Mounties, and Azim Hutson contributed 11 points.

PENN STATE ALTOONA (15-7, 11-4 in AMCC): Nance 4-10 3-4 12, Archie-Davis 0-5 1-2 1, Jackson 11-21 5-8 28, Bouknight 5-13 4-6 16, Gardner-Nicholson 2-4 1-2 5, Washington 2-11 4-4 9, Butterworth 0-1 0-0 0, West 0-0 0-0 0, Higley 1-2 0-0 2, Krise 2-3 1-4 6, Gal 0-1 0-0 0. Totals — 27-71 19-30 79.

MOUNT ALOYSIUS (5-17, 5-10 in AMCC): Stover 7-13 5-10 23, Pisula 6-9 3-3 15, Hutson 5-15 0-1 11, Williams 1-6 0-0 2, Swatsworth 2-4 0-0 4, Tolson-Ford 3-8 0-1 6, Jones 4-7 6-7 15, Reams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 28-62 14-22 76.

Halftime: Mount Aloysius, 37-33. 3-point goals: Penn State Altoona 6-25 (Bouknight 2-6, Krise 1-1, Nance 1-4, Jackson 1-4, Washington 1-6, Archie-Davis 0-2, Butterworth 0-1, Gal 0-1); Mount Aloysius 6-15 (Stover 4-7, Jones 1-2, Hutson 1-3, Swatsworth 0-1, Tolson-Ford 0-2). Assists: Penn State Altoona 13 (Archie-Davis 5); Mount Aloysius 4 (Swatsworth). Rebounds: Penn State Altoona 41 (Jackson 13); Mount Aloysius 45 (Pisula 10).

Pitt blown out

CLEMSON, S.C. — Gabe DeVoe wants the ball if he is open. Especially these days.

DeVoe matched his career high with 25 points, helping No. 16 Clemson beat Pittsburgh 72-48 on Thursday.

DeVoe was 7 for 11 from 3-point range. The senior is shooting 65 percent (22 of 34) from behind the arc during the Tigers’ four-game win streak.

“I feel no pressure. I’m shooting without a conscious,” he said.

DeVoe has led Clemson in scoring in four of five games since the Tigers lost forward Donte Grantham to a knee injury.

Shelton Mitchell made three 3s on his way to 12 points, and Elijah Thomas had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (20-4, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Clemson led 32-22 at halftime and then put Pitt away with an impressive stretch on offense. The Tigers scored on nine of their first 10 second-half possessions.

Mitchell hit back-to-back 3s to make it 56-28 with 14:21 left. Clemson shot 12 for 27 from beyond the arc.

“When they start making shots, they are hard to beat,” Pitt coach Kevin Stallings said.

Terrell Brown led Pitt with 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting. No other Panther made more than two shots.

Pitt (8-17, 0-12) shot 39.1 percent (18 for 46) from the field. It also committed 15 turnovers, leading to 22 points for Clemson.

It was Clemson’s second double-digit victory in nine ACC wins this season. Pitt has lost all but two of its ACC games by at least 10 points and is losing its league games by an average of more than 18 points.

PITTSBURGH (8-17): Brown 9-15 0-0 19, Carr 1-7 1-2 3, K.Davis 2-2 1-2 5, Stewart 2-6 2-3 8, Wilson-Frame 2-6 0-0 6, George 0-0 0-0 0, Chukwuka 0-3 0-0 0, Ilegomah 0-0 0-2 0, Starzynski 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Boykins 0-0 0-0 0, Milligan 2-5 0-0 4, Stevenson 0-2 3-6 3. Totals 18-46 7-15 48.

CLEMSON (20-4): Skara 2-3 5-6 9, Thomas 5-10 0-0 10, DeVoe 9-16 0-1 25, Mitchell 4-9 1-2 12, Reed 2-7 0-0 4, Simms 1-1 0-0 2, William 0-2 0-0 0, Donnal 2-3 0-0 5, Trapp 1-3 0-0 3, Oliver 1-2 0-0 2, Spencer 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-59 6-9 72.

Halftime–Clemson 32-22. 3-Point Goals–Pittsburgh 5-15 (Wilson-Frame 2-4, Stewart 2-4, Brown 1-2, Stevenson 0-1, Chukwuka 0-1, Milligan 0-1, Carr 0-2), Clemson 12-27 (DeVoe 7-11, Mitchell 3-6, Donnal 1-1, Trapp 1-2, Skara 0-1, William 0-1, Reed 0-2, Spencer 0-3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Pittsburgh 27 (Brown 8), Clemson 35 (Thomas 11). Assists–Pittsburgh 7 (Carr 4), Clemson 17 (Reed 7). Total Fouls–Pittsburgh 11, Clemson 10.

Lady Lions fall short

IOWA CITY, Iowa – In basketball, the road can be unkind and on Thursday evening inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Penn State women’s basketball team did everything it could to erase a 18-point third-quarter Iowa lead in a narrow 80-76 loss to begin a two-game Big Ten road swing.

The Lady Lions (14-11, 5-7 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 18 points with 9:13 to play in the third quarter and rallied from 12 points down in the fourth quarter, doing everything but taking the lead, as the Hawkeyes (19-6, 7-5 Big Ten) held on for the conference win. Penn State owned a 42-31 scoring edge in the second half, but Iowa made just enough shots down the stretch to hold overcome two five-minute scoring droughts.

Three Lady Lions finished in double-figures, led by Teniya Page’s 29th career 20-point effort. Page tallied 23 points, including a 4-of-4 effort at the free throw stripe to move her into a tie for No. 11 on the career free throws made list with 349 makes from the charity stripe with Amanda Brown (2003-07).

Of Page’s 23 points, 13 came in the fourth quarter – including all four free throws. She added three assists, two steals and one rebound.

Amari Carter reached double-figures for the 21st of the season and 30th of her career with 16 points and Jaida Travascio-Green had 13 points for her 19th double-digit scoring game of the season and 24th of her career.

PENN ST. (14-11): Boykin 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Carter 7-18 0-0 16, Page 9-22 4-4 23, Travascio-Green 5-12 0-0 13, Smith 3-5 3-4 9, Frazier 3-8 2-2 8, McDaniel 1-4 0-0 3, Totals 30-73 9-10 76.

IOWA (19-6): Coley 9-11 6-6 24, Gustafson 13-19 7-8 33, Doyle 2-7 0-0 5, Meyer 1-7 1-2 4, Sevillian 1-5 1-2 4, Mohns 0-0 0-0 0, Ollinger 1-2 0-0 2, Stewart 4-5 0-0 8, Totals 31-56 15-18 80.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penn St. 13 21 20 22 –76

Iowa 23 26 13 18 –80

3-Point Goals–Penn St. 7-23 (Carter 2-5, Page 1-6, Travascio-Green 3-8, McDaniel 1-4), Iowa 3-13 (Doyle 1-2, Meyer 1-5, Sevillian 1-5, Ollinger 0-1). Assists–Penn St. 13 (Carter 4), Iowa 26 (Gustafson 7). Fouled Out–Penn St. Williams, Rebounds–Penn St. 34 (Smith 8), Iowa 37 (Gustafson 14). Total Fouls–Penn St. 19, Iowa 12. Technical Fouls–None.A–5,878.

SFU men fall on road

NEW YORK — Sophomore guard Keith Braxton had his 13th double-double of the season, finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Francis in a losing effort, 83-67, to LIU Brooklyn. He shot 8 of 12 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Joel Hernandez scored 25 points and Jashaun Agosto had 19 points, on 7-of-12 shooting, and eight rebounds to help LIU Brooklyn.

The Red Flash (13-11, 7-6) three times cut its deficit to nine points in the second half, but got no closer.

SAINT FRANCIS (13-11): King 3-13 2-3 8, Wolford 2-6 0-0 5, Gaskins 1-10 3-6 5, Braxton 8-12 3-8 22, Flagg 2-4 4-6 8, Kuzavas 2-3 0-0 4, Wallace 1-2 0-0 2, Forehand 0-1 0-0 0, Harmon 2-7 0-0 5, Meredith 2-5 0-0 4, Vallien 0-2 0-0 0, Klebon 0-0 0-0 0, Baker 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 25-67 12-23 67.

LIU BROOKLYN (13-13): van Sauers 1-4 0-0 2, Batts 3-6 2-2 9, Agosto 7-12 3-4 19, Hernandez 11-22 2-2 25, Clark 5-10 2-3 12, Penn 3-4 0-0 6, Coleman 0-0 0-0 0, Hicks 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, Bradley 0-1 2-2 2, Frias 3-3 0-0 8. Totals 33-64 11-13 83.

Halftime–LIU Brooklyn 45-31. 3-Point Goals–Saint Francis 5-21 (Braxton 3-4, Wolford 1-3, Harmon 1-4, Forehand 0-1, Vallien 0-1, Meredith 0-2, King 0-3, Gaskins 0-3), LIU Brooklyn 6-17 (Frias 2-2, Agosto 2-4, Batts 1-3, Hernandez 1-4, Robinson 0-1, Bradley 0-1, van Sauers 0-2). Fouled Out–Wolford. Rebounds–Saint Francis 30 (Braxton 11), LIU Brooklyn 45 (Clark 11). Assists–Saint Francis 8 (Braxton 3), LIU Brooklyn 14 (Hernandez 4). Total Fouls–Saint Francis 16, LIU Brooklyn 18. A–723 (2,500).

Juniata erupts after half

ELIZABETHTOWN — Trailing by one at halftime, Juniata exploded for 49 points in the second half while holding Elizabethtown to just 21 in a 75-48 win on the road.

Marcus Lee scored a game-high 19 points as all five Eagles’ starters scored in double figures. Damon Rickens and Seth Brewer accounted for 13 each, while Wil Peralta and Brandon Martinazzi had 12 apiece.

Lady Eagles now 19-3

HUNTINGDON — Juniata led by 10 points entering the final quarter, and despite being outscored, held off a rally from Elizabethtown in a 65-59 win at home.

Morgan Instone led four Lady Eagles in double figures with 13, while Rachael Anstine, Veronica Cosmopolis and Dani Atkinson tallied 11 apiece.

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