Slow Start Dooms Lions Against Mary Washington

Slow Start Dooms Lions Against Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Penn State Harrisburg struggled mightily to get out of the blocks against Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) leading Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18.  By the time the Lions regrouped and got things going offensively, they found themselves in so deep a hole they were unable to climb out of it.  The Blue & White fell to the Eagles 88-47.

Junior Joey Farthing (Lancaster, Pa. / Hempfield) was the only Penn State Harrisburg player to reach the double digit scoring mark with 12 points.  Senior captain Kenny Stone (Philadelphia, Pa. / Scotland) and freshman Marquese Daniels (Philadelphia, Pa. / Philadelphia Electric & Technology Charter) netted eight points each.

Mary Washington's Dylan Farinet turned in a career performance, dropping 42 points on the Lions including eight three pointers on 14-21 shooting.  He also pulled in a game-high 12 rebounds.

Farthing scored the game's first points to give the visitors their only lead of the game at 2-0.  Penn State Harrisburg blinked and found themselves down 18-4 five minutes later. 

Farting knocked down three-pointers on back-to-back Penn State Harrisburg possessions to cut the deficit to 21-10 with 13:03 remaining in the first half.

But the Eagles used a 9-1 run over the next two and a half minutes to up their advantage to 30-11.  The Blue & White scored the next six points but Mary Washington slowed the run and kept steady, eventually taking a 41-25 lead into halftime.

The second half was all Mary Washington as the Eagles led by more than 20 points most of the way and Farinet exploded to score 27 of his game-high point total after the break, going 10-13 from the field in the final 20 minutes.

The home team simply outshot the Blue & White on this day.  The Eagles posted an impressive 50.9 percentage from the field and a 42.4 percentage from beyond the arc.  Penn State Harrisburg could only muster a 30 percent output from the field and a 21.7 percentage from downtown.  Mary Washington went 18-22 from the free throw line compared to the Blue & White's 12-23 total. 

In addition to his point total, Stone grabbed a team-high six rebounds, as did freshman Winton Lyle (Washington, D.C. / Bullis School).  Sophomore Jared Deibler (Middletown, Pa. / Middletown Area) added five tallies and five boards off the bench.  Junior Joshua Johnson (Franklin, Va. / Southampton) also netted five points in his home state in a reserve role.

After defeating then 14th-ranked Christopher Newport on Jan. 11, the Lions struggled this past week, dropping contests to Marymount (Va.) and Mary Washington.  Penn State Harrisburg will look to get back on track this Wednesday, Jan. 22 but it won't be easy as another nationally ranked team in Wesley pays a visit to the Capital Union Building.

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