Middletown, PA – The Penn State Harrisburg men's basketball team continued to show flashes of brilliance against the 5-1 DeSales Bulldogs on Monday December 4th. Unfortunately, their first half effort and shot percentage from the visitors allowed for too large of a lead to overcome, despite a very well fought second half from the Lions.
DeSales 66 vs Penn State Harrisburg 60
Penn State Harrisburg Starters:
Nelson, Thomas, Coleman, Alliyu, Williams
Ciotti, Simsick, Dawson-Amoah, Connaghan, Jones
Penn State Harrisburg: 4-3 (1-2 CAC)
DeSales: 6-1 (0-0 MAC)
Inside The Stats:
Field Goals: Penn State Harrisburg (25-71) vs. DeSales (21-47)
Assists: Harrisburg (10) vs. DeSales (10)
Turnovers: Harrisburg (16) vs. DeSales (17)
Rebounds: Harrisburg (41) vs. DeSales (38)
How it Happened:
The Lions went down early as the Bulldogs came out firing in the first ten minutes. DeSales started the game on a 21-5 run and slowly extended their lead to 21 by the half with the help of Tracy Simsick who scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half.
Harrisburg came out with intensity in the second half, but struggled to make up any ground. The Bulldogs started to get nervous as the Blue and White used a 22-6 run over a ten-minute stretch to bring the score to 54-48 with 3:02 to play.
In the end, the clock was against the home team and DeSales hit their free throws in the final minute to keep the game just out of reach. The Bulldogs claimed their sixth win of the year 66-60.
Kahlill Williams and Tariq Bennett brought big sparks to the second half comeback attempt. . Williams led the team in scoring with 16 points and also had ten rebounds while Bennett scored ten, including a five-point run of his own in the eighth minute that really changed the momentum in their favor.
With finals starting for Harrisburg on the December 11th, the Lions have a just under two weeks before their next game to regroup. Penn State Harrisburg will travel to Elizabethtown College on Sunday December 17th for a 3:00 pm tip-off.