PSU-Hazleton men hold off Lehigh Valley
Penn State Hazleton built an 11-point lead, but needed to hold off a late Penn State Lehigh Valley comeback bid to post a 70-67 victory in Penn State University Athletic Conference men’s basketball action Tuesday night at Caccese Gymnasium.
A jumper by former Crestwood standout Robbie Hopkins gave the local Lions (2-3, 1-1 PSUAC) a 68-57 lead with 3:56 left, before the visitors rallied. A. J. Mo let tie re’ s three-pointer capped an 8-0 run over the next two and a half minutes to help Lehigh Valley pull within 68-65.
After Haz let on’ s Royce Brathwaite made two free throws, Zach Thomas was fouled on his lay up for Lehigh Valley at the 24-second mark. He missed the resulting free throw, but an offensive rebound gave his team another scoring chance. However, it missed from in close.
The local Lions then missed the front end of a one-and-one to give Lehigh Valley one last chance to send the game to overtime, but Thomas’ threepoint attempt was of f the mark in the waning seconds.
Brathwaite topped Hazleton with 19 points. Shay Nelson finished with 16 and Hopkins was right behind with 15.
Jeremiah Jenkins and Jonathan Buie both scored 13 points for Lehigh Valley.
Hazleton took its first lead (29-28) on two free throws by Matt Manbeck with 4:45 left in the first half. Later, teammate Ryan Wolfe ignited an 18-6 run to close the half, which ended with the local Lions ahead 47-36.
A Brathwaite triple with 16:55 remaining in the game gave Hazleton its biggest lead (54-40) of the night.
Hazleton will enter tain Penn State Beaver in the back end of a PSUAC women’s-men’s doubleheader on Friday at the Highacres gym.
No. 4 Villanova 90 Penn 62
VILLANOVA (AP) — Jalen Brunson had 17 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 4 Villanova routed Penn on Wednesday night.
Omari Spellman, Mikal Bridg es and Phil Bridg es added 14 points apiece and Donte DiVincenzo scored 12 for the Wildcats (7-0), who remained undefeated while winning their 15th straight game against Penn (5-4).
Saint Joseph’s 83 Bucknell 70
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James Demery scored 20 points and g rabbed eight rebounds as Saint Joseph’s beat Bucknell.
Demery was 8-of-18 from the field for the Hawks (4-3). Shavar Newkirk added 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Chris Clover had 17 points.