Middletown, PA – Penn State Harrisburg fell in its CAC opener against Wesley despite a strong effort from Trent Thomas who recorded 16 points. The Blue & White got another good all-around effort from Gbolahan Alliyu who posted 9 points and 10 rebounds. The Lions led for most of the game, but the Wolverines rally late to pick up the victory.
Penn State Harrisburg 73 vs. Wesley 74
Penn State Harrisburg Starters:
Clemons, Craven, Anderson, Cameron, and Lawson
Penn State Harrisburg: (3-1)
Inside The Stats:
Field Goals: Penn State Harrisburg (24-52) vs. Wesley (25-69)
Assists: Harrisburg (14) vs. Wesley (13)
Turnovers: Harrisburg (27) vs. Wesley (11)
Rebounds: Harrisburg (48) vs. Wesley (25)
How it Happened:
After falling behind early by six, Penn State Harrisburg would rally behind a couple of baskets from Anthony Bennett Jr. Bennett hit a 3-pointer at the 11:35 mark giving the Lions their first lead of the game. Gbolahan Alliyu would bring the crowd to their feet when Davis Luethke found him for a breakaway dunk. Keenan Wise would nail a 3-pointer right before half giving the Lions a 31-27 advantage.
The Lions would control the play for most of the half, building a nine-point lead when Ibn-Haneef Nelson found Trent Thomas for a layup. Harrisburg lead 69-57 with just under three minutes to go. The Wolverines would not quit however, slowly cutting into the deficit. Wesley managed to take a one-point advantage with only 8 seconds remaining. A final shot from Bennett came up short and the Lions suffered their first loss of the season.
Trent Thomas- 16 Points
Gbolahan Alliyu- 9 Points and 10 Rebound
The Lions will continue to play home and host Southern Virginia on November 25th at 3pm.