CHAMPS! Men's Hoops Captures Third Conference Championship In Four Seasons

isaiah eggleston, nate curry, and donyae baylor-carroll accept the united east championship trophy after defeating st. elizabeth in the conference title game in 2024

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – With an 84-61 victory over St. Elizabeth at a packed Capital Union Building on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 24, Penn State Harrisburg's men's basketball team won its third United East Championship in the last four years.


Donyae Baylor-Carroll was named the United East Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) after recording his second straight double-double with 19 points and a career-high 10 steals to go along with seven assists. Nate Curry netted a game-high 21 points with six rebounds and four assists. Isaiah Milien had 14 points and four steals, while Isaiah Eggleston added a dozen points off the bench.



The Lions (24-4) pulled ahead by 22 midway through the second half following a straightaway 3-ball from Baylor-Carroll but the Eagles (18-11) responded with a 9-0 spurt to cut the deficit to 13 with 9:41 left to play. From there, Baylor-Carroll sparked a one-man run with a layup through traffic before swiping one of his double-digit steals and laying one in on the other end to push the lead back to 17 at the 8:25 mark.


After an Alex Leiba tip in made it 65-46, Curry buried a triple off a Lance Douglas feed and Baylor-Carroll sank a fallaway trifecta the next time down to effectively put things out of reach with 6:24 remaining. Milien converted a breakaway layup off an outlet pass from Baylor-Carroll and Curry knocked down another jumper to keep the lead above 20 with less than five minutes to go.


The Volt Division champions raced out to an 8-0 advantage to begin the game and stretched the lead to double digits for the first time when Baylor-Carroll connected on his first 3-ball of the contest at the 13:01 mark. An Eggleston layup off a Curry feed at the 8:23 mark gave the Lions their largest lead of the first half at 27-9 before the Skye Division champs cut the deficit to eight with 5:45 left until the break.



Penn State Harrisburg regrouped, however, and closed out the half with a 9-2 run that pushed the advantage to 36-21 entering the locker room.



- Penn State Harrisburg has won three conference championships in the last four years (2020, 2022, 2024).

- With the victory, Penn State Harrisburg matched the program record with 24 wins in a single season.

- The Lions recorded assists on 26 of their 32 field goals.

- Penn State Harrisburg scored 39 points off 26 St. Elizabeth turnovers.

- The Lions matched the single-game program record with 24 steals.

- Baylor-Carroll posted his second straight double-double en route to earning United East Tournament MVP honors. He finished with 19 points, a career-high 10 steals, seven assists, and four rebounds.

- Curry netted a game-high 21 points, knocking down four 3-pointers, to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals. With his scoring total, he moved into third place all-time in program history.

- Milien scored 14 points and swiped four steals.

- Eggleston provided the spark off the bench with a dozen points, four steals, and three rebounds. Kyle Rhoden had five rebounds in a reserve role.

- Leiba grabbed a team-high nine boards to go along with six points. Malik Holland also added six points off the bench.

- Douglas finished with four points, seven assists, three steals, and three rebounds.



The Lions are off to their third NCAA Tournament in four seasons. Penn State Harrisburg's first-round opponent and location will be revealed during the men's basketball selection show on on Monday afternoon.



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