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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Saints come alive late, beat Lions, 82-63

Penn State Harrisburg battled Capital Athletic Conference leader Marymount punch for punch for most of the game, but watched the Saints pull away late and lost, 82-63 on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in Middletown.

It may have been snowing outside, but it was raining three’s inside the Capital Union Building, as Penn State Harrisburg (2-15, 2-8 in the conference) attempted to stun Marymount and get an early lead on the Saints. The Lions' early game plan worked, as they took a 10-0 lead just five minutes into the game.

The Saints (14-3, 8-2) awoke, however, and rallied with a 13-2 run of their own to take the lead just three minutes later. Marymount found its  groove and began capitalizing on turnovers and missed shots by the Lions to stretch its lead to 11 points, 40-29, at halftime.

The Blue & White started out the second half much like it did in the first. The Lions played tremendous defense and saw their efforts pay off at the offensive end. Penn State Harrisburg battled back to tie the game, 50-50, with 9:00 remaining.
But that's when Penn State Harrisburg ran out of gas.

Marymount ended the game on a 32-13 run to close out Penn State Harrisburg and pick up the win.

Guard Alberto De Los Santos led the way for the Blue & White with 21 points. Sharpshooter Caleb Barwin chipped in with 12 points, all coming from beyond the three-point line.

Salisbury 69, Lions 43

Penn State Harrisburg hoped to claim its second win of the season over the Salisbury Seagulls on Sunday Jan. 25 in Middletown.

The Blue & White got off to a solid start, taking a 14-8 lead with 7:42 to play in the first half.

But Salisbury (11-6, 7-3)  bounced back to take a 1-point lead, 27-26.

The Seagulls showed why they have been on such a hot streak with their second-half performance. Penn State Harrisburg had the game tied at 30 when the Seagulls took flight two minutes into the second half, riding a 22-1 run over a nine-minute span that left the Lions with little hope of recovery.

Barwin was one bright spot for the Lions, leading the team with nine points.  

The Blue & White must turn things around quickly if it wants to keep its playoff hopes alive in the final month of the season.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:37

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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Seagulls soar in second half, beat Lions, 78-55

Despite a valiant first-half effort and an impressive game by Kiara Carter, Penn State Harrisburg lost to 17th-ranked Salisbury, 78-55 in a women's basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Middletown.

Salisbury’s second half performance was too much for the Lions to overcome, as the Seagulls (16-1, 10-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference) remained undefeated in conference play. Salisbury leads second-place Mary Washington by one game in the conference.

From the start of the game, Carter proved she was not going to be pushed around by the nationally-ranked Seagulls.  Carter scored the first six points of the game which helped the Lions (4-13, 3-7) jump out to an early 6-2 lead. Salisbury slowly worked its way back in front – and took a 17-8 lead with 10:41 left in the first half thanks to an 11-0 run in just under three minutes.

The Lions answered back, finishing the first half by outscoring Salisbury 12-2. A 3-point shot at the buzzer by Alexis Nolan  brought Penn State Harrisburg within four points, 33-29, at halftime.

But Salisbury started the second half with another 11-0 run – and this time the Lions could not regroup. The Seagulls' second half output was impressive as the visitors shot better than 70 percent from the field.

Carter continued her dominance on the boards, pulling down 13 rebounds to lead the Lions. She also scored a game-high 18 points.

Marymount 53, Lions 38

Penn State Harrisburg kept it close in the first half, but the Saints' guards stole the game from the Lions in the final minutes on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in Middletown.

The game went back and forth in the first half. The young Lions held their composure early on, answering Marymount's offense. Jasmine Yanich made two big 3-pointers for the Lions to keep the Saints (12-5, 8-2) in their sights, and Penn State Harrisburg trailed by just six points, 28-22, at the half.

The Blue & White played well defensively for most of the second half, and the game was up for grabs to whoever could start making shots. But as the game clock wound down, so did the Lions' shooting – Penn State Harrisburg made only 6-of-27 from the floor in the second half, and it was difficult to keep pace with Marymount.

Carter dominated the boards, collecting 17 rebounds, while Kaitlyn Carmo scored 17 points for Penn State Harrisburg. But the Lions could not overcome the impressive guard play by the Saints.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:33

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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 12:12

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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 12:08

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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 11:18

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