PSU-Ha­zle­ton men hold off Le­high Val­ley

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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.

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