January 24, 2008
Middletown, PA — Penn State Harrisburg will be vying for the lead in the North Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball standings when it visits Cazenovia College Sunday, Jan. 27.
The Lions (6-10 overall) upped their conference mark to 5-2 on Thursday as they held visiting Philadelphia Biblical to five points in the final 11 minutes in racking up an 84-64 win. The win was Harrisburg's fourth in a row.
Thursday's game was close throughout the entire first half with neither team seizing control. The Crimson Eagles jumped out to an early 13-6 lead, with Tom Arthur accounting for eight of their points, but Penn State Harrisburg quickly stormed back and took the lead for good when Andrew Stoner (New Cumberland, PA/Redland) hit a three pointer with 11:24 left in the first half for an 18-17 lead. The Nittany Lions were on fire in the first half shooting 69.2% and connecting on 6 of 11 three's, while leading 46-41 at the intermission. Seth Lewis's (Grantiville, PA/Lower Dauphin) 15 points and Abe Hitz's (Annville, PA/Annville Cleona) 12 points led the way for the Blue and White in the first half while Arthur led Philadelphia Biblical with 13 points.
Penn State Harrisburg started off quickly in the second half scoring the first seven points and leading by twelve until the Crimson Eagles started chipping away. With eleven minutes left in the game and the score 64-59, Lewis hit a running layup and was fouled as well. After hitting the foul shot for a seven-point lead, Lewis and his teammates held the visitors without a field goal for the next five minutes while extending their lead to 13.
The hosts finished the game with a 20-5 run following Lewis' free throw to ice the victory.
Lewis led all scorers with 28 points and added 7 rebounds. Hitz scored 20 for the Nittany Lions as well. Ben Fuller led Philadelphia Biblical with 17 points.
Penn State Harrisburg's game on Sunday at Cazenovia is at 2 pm.