WASHINGTON – Penn St.-Abington buried the game-winning shot with seven seconds left in regulation to propel the Nittany Lions to a 66-64 victory over the Gallaudet University men's basketball team Saturday at the Field House in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game.
The Bison (9-12, 5-5 NEAC South) led until halfway through the second half when the Nittany Lions (7-12, 5-3 NEAC South) took over the lead for the first time since the first three minutes of play. Gallaudet didn't let Penn St.-Abington hold the lead for long as the Bison regained the advantage thanks to some timely buckets by the seniors.
A costly foul by senior Jocus Houston (Baton Rouge, La.) sent RJ Handy to the free-throw line for three shots with 3:42 left in regulation with the Bison clinging to a 60-59 lead. Handy made all three attempts to give the Nittany Lions a 61-60 edge. Avery Barnes added to the lead with a jumper with three minutes left.
Junior forward Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) made a basket with 1:20 left and after two Penn St.-Abington turnovers, senior Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) sank a shot with 38 seconds left on the clock as Gallaudet led 64-63. Palmer later fouled Mike Marvin (19 points) with 11 ticks left. Marvin made 1-of-2 shots to knot the game at 64. Marvin missed his second free throw shot but Handy came up with a key rebound as the Nittany Lions called a timeout. Out of the break, Marvin got open and made a shot over the outstretched arms of Palmer as Penn St.-Abington led 66-64 with seven seconds left. Gallaudet called a timeout and then turned the ball over on the in-bound pass to end the game.
Seeber led all scorers with 28 points as he made 9-of-15 shots, including six 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Kelly was the next leading scorer for the Bison with 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Palmer finished the game with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists. The Bison led 38-30 at halftime.
Barnes led the Nittany Lions with a double-double as he tallied 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to go with three blocks, three steals and one assist.
The Bison will take on conference foe Morrisville St. (12-4, 6-1 NEAC North) at home on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.