February 3, 2008
Middletown, PA — The Nittany Lions of Penn State Harrisburg lost a very tough game against the Storm of Keuka College 86-77 in a North Eastern Athletic Conference game Sunday afternoon at the Capital Union Building. After a back and forth game through three quarters of the game, the Storm pulled away late to preserve the victory. The loss puts the Nittany Lions at 8-13, 6-5 in the NEAC, while Keuka is now 4-13, 3-6 in the NEAC.
For most of the first half the game was very tight with neither team pulling out to an extremely large lead. Late in the first half Keuka College went on a 6-0 spurt and had their biggest lead of the game, ten points. After a timeout, Penn State Harrisburg quickly came right back with an 8-0 run of their own. During their run, Penn State got three pointers by Abe Hitz (Annville, PA/Annville-Cleona) and Shane Woodman (Mt. Joy, PA/Donegal). In fact, the Blue and White can thank the three point shot for keeping them in the game in the first half. Three pointers consisted of nearly half of their scoring, and nearly all of them came and key times in the half. Also, Cole McGuire's (Duncannon, PA/Susquenita) 7 first half points and overall strong play off the bench came and a significant time in the game that kept the Nittany Lions from falling farther behind. Despite McGuire's play and the hot three point shooting by the Lions, they still trailed 35-31 at the half. The Blue and White hit a total of ten three pointers for the game, five in each half.
Hitz led all scorers with 29 points and added 7 rebounds. Seth Lewis (Grantville, PA/Lower Dauphin) and Woodman each scored 11 points, with all of Lewis' points coming in the second half. Raquan Banks led Keuka College with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Forest Woodley helped out with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Penn State Harrisburg's next home is Tuesday at Philadelphia Biblical University at 8 pm.