Frostburg, Md. -The Penn State Harrisburg men's basketball team already has a reputation for being a team that battles hard. Unfortunately, they have also started a recent trend of losing late in tight games. The Lions fell tonight in the final minute to the Frostburg St. Bobcats 70-66 in another hard fought loss.
With both teams coming into the game with a 1-1 record in CAC play, the contest started out tight as both teams were eager to leave with a winning conference record. Things went back and forth during the first half as a few free throws were the only slight difference between the teams. The Lions went into the locker rooms down by three.
As the teams came out for the second half, the Bobcats looked to put away the Blue and White early jumping out to a seven point lead just two minutes in. The relentless Lions pushed backed and were able to tie things up at 40 with 15:22 to play. The Lions kept pushing and built a lead that they were able to hold until the final two minutes. Unfortunately, Frostburg finished strong and made their free throws at the end to sneak away with 70-66 win over Harrisburg.
Leading the way for the Lions was Freshman Guard Nick Seefeldt (Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin) who scored 10 of his team leading 16 points in the second half along with recording 3 steals in the game. Arick Sodini (Manalapan, NJ/ St John Vianney) continued showing off his offensive presence scoring 12 points.
Coach Friday made no excuses for the team's performance, "we gave ourselves an opportunity to be in this ballgame. We played with energy however our decision making and foul shooting put us at a disadvantage in the waning moments. I pointed out to our leaders that as a team we didn't earn this game in practice the past two days. We were flat and lacked focus. As a coaching staff we have their attention. I'm eager to see how we grow from tonight's experience."
The Lions go into the holiday break looking to be more successful when they return. They hope to start the year off right, 12 hours early, as they play their next game December 31st at 12 P.M. when TCNJ comes to town.