Written by Daniel Walmer
In a matchup that has all the makings of a soon-to-be Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) rivalry, Penn State Harrisburg made the short trip down Interstate 83 and defeated York, 70-65 on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in York.
After being handled by the Spartans at home exactly 51 weeks earlier, the Blue & White returned the favor by earning an historic win at Charles Wolf Gymnasium: Its first ever in the CAC, its new league this season.
Penn State Harrisburg (3-4, 1-1 in the CAC) was led by do-it-all senior captain Will Doyle and junior Alberto De Los Santos. Doyle scored 15 points, dished out a game-high five assists and corralled four rebounds while De Los Santos made his first start of the season a strong one, netting 13 points and grabbing a team-high five boards.
The Lions shot well from distance in the early going, with De Los Santos, Doyle and freshman point guard Marquese Daniels connecting from beyond the arc on three of the team’s first four field goals.
After trading the advantage six times in the game’s first 10 minutes, the Spartans (0-3, 1-6) took their largest lead of the night when Dalton Myers hit a 3-ball to put York up 21-17 with 8:12 remaining in the first half.
Lion sophomore Jamaal Dubose answered with a 3-pointer of his own on Penn State Harrisburg’s next possession to help spark a pivotal 11-3 Lions run over the next 3:46.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 21:07
Written by Adam Clay and Seth Goodyear
Penn State Harrisburg may not have played its best game of the year against Penn State Altoona, but it was definitely the most exciting.
After PSU-Harrisburg’s Kira Carter hit a buzzer beater to force double overtime, the home squad played the final five minutes with poise to secure an 84-78 win over Altoona on Sunday, Dec. 1 in Middletown.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 21:05
Written by Tom Klemick
Trailing by 12 points at halftime, Penn State Harrisburg roared out of the break and outscored Lebanon Valley 45-24 in the second half to beat the Dutchmen, 67-58 on Sunday, Dec. 1 in Middletown.
The Blue & White victory was the team’s second vanquishing of LVC in three years.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 20:59
Written by Tom Klemick
Will Doyle put on a show for a standing-room-only crowd, scoring a career-high 28 points in Penn State Harrisburg’s 74-60 loss to Messiah in the Lions’ home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Middletown.
After missing the Lions’ last outing due to injury, the senior captain returned to the lineup with a vengeance.
Unfortunately for the Blue & White, Doyle’s stout individual effort wasn’t enough as Messiah (3-0) used a steady diet of three-balls to best the Lions in front of the largest crowd ever gathered to watch a basketball game at Penn State Harrisburg.
“I thought our effort was there and I thought our kids played really hard,” said Penn State Harrisburg Coach Don Friday. “With playing really hard, though, there’s a factor of playing smart and with purpose. At times tonight, we lacked that.”
No amount of smarts could slow down Messiah’s impressive shooting from beyond the arc. Three of the Falcons’ first four field goals came from downtown and the visitors rode that hot start to an early 17-10 advantage.
Back-to-back buckets by Doyle and a strong layup from senior captain Kenny Stone drew the Lions (1-2) to within four at 20-16 with 9:45 left in the first half.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 19:01
Written by Tom Klemick
With a new league and a new, former Division I coach, the Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team launches a new season with expectations and questions.
The Lions were picked ninth out of 10 teams in the Capital Athletic Conference in a preseason poll of league coaches.
The Lions, 12-15 last year, open their season in the Gettysburg College Tip-off Tournament against DeSales on Friday, Nov. 15 in Gettysburg.
“Right now everybody in our program is really a freshman, in terms of what we’re trying to do with our system but I’ve been really blessed with two guys in Kenny Stone and Will Doyle, our seniors,” said Don Friday, the Lions’ new coach. “They’ve really helped make my transition easier and they’ve been great intermediaries per say with helping me learn our kids, learn their personalities, different motivation points.”
“They’ve really been good in terms of taking the message we’re spreading to the locker room, to the court, into the classroom here and just trying to make Penn State Harrisburg a better campus overall.”
Friday, who coached Division I St. Francis of Loretto from 2008-12, had good things to say about the Lions’ transition to a newer, tougher conference. Penn State Harrisburg previously was a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference.
“What I do see in this league is the depth … the footprint of the league is terrific because it’s going to be able to allow us all to recruit some different areas,’’ said Friday. “The whole strength of the conference affiliation – to be able to say you can package great academics with a top flight athletic conference, every one of us is going to make our programs better.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 19:33