MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - Watching Penn State Harrisburg basketball isn't for the faint of heart. The Nittany Lions always keep their fans on their toes and Sunday afternoon's NEAC contest was no different. In an overtime thriller, the Nittany Lions fell to Wells College 72-75 to end their season.
Wells College scored the first points of the game with a layup from Dave Foltz and Penn State Harrisburg responded the next possession as Kenton Alston (Harrisburg, PA/Steel-High) laid in his first two points of the game. Wells went on a 9-0 run behind a pair of Benito Perez three-pointers to make up for the 5-point deficit that the Nittany Lions created for the visitors.
Alston led the Lions through the first half with 16 points. The teams entered the break tied at 32.
In the second half there were 5 lead changes and 5 ties as each team matched the others scored points. With 53 seconds remaining in regulation, NEAC tournament MVP Terry Harrison missed two free throws to give Penn State Harrisburg an opportunity to tie. David Reisinger (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin East) hit a trifecta at the 36 second mark to tie the game at 63. Neither team was able to score in the remaining time and the game proceeded to overtime.
Penn State Harrisburg struggled to hit shots all night, shooting 23.3% from the arc and converting just 25-of-73 from the floor. Overtime was the same story as the Lions couldn't connect on their shots. Wells outscored the Lions 12-9 in overtime to earn the NEAC Championship title.
After fouling out early in the second half, Alston finished the game with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Nick Liddell (Lewisberry, PA/Red Land) contributed 16 and Jordan Gatchell (Manheim, PA/Manheim Central) added 15.
Harrison scored a game high 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Wells. Andre Sawyers also added 18.
Penn State Harrisburg finishes the 2010-11 season with a 15-11 record, earning the regular season NEAC Champion title.