Men's Hoops Opens the Season With Dominant Victory

Men's Hoops Opens the Season With Dominant Victory

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Penn State Harrisburg's men's basketball team opened the 2021-22 season with a convincing 86-59 victory over Randolph on the opening day of the Penn State Harrisburg Tip-Off Classic presented by Comfort Inn & Suites Harrisburg Airport Hershey South on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6.



Penn State Harrisburg (1-0) opened the 2021-22 season with an impressive 27-point victory Randolph at the Capital Union Building on Saturday afternoon. Five players in Dylan Daniels (17), Brandon Coleman (15), Donyae Baylor-Carroll (13), Nate Curry (10), and Pedro Rodriguez (10) reached the double-digit scoring mark in the win.


Coleman brought the hometown crowd to its feet with a monster dunk in the early going off an assist from Baylor-Carroll and Daniels carried the load offensively to begin the game, netting 10 of the team's first 22 points. Leading 11-10 early on, the Lions put together a 14-5 run capped by Curry's old-fashioned 3-point play with 8:45 left in the first half.



The home team stretched the advantage to as much as 15 points following a Chris Haynes 3-ball before taking a 12-point lead in the break.


Baylor-Carroll opened the second half with a corner 3-pointer before a pair of Curry free throws stretched the advantage to 15. A Zegary Scott III layup off a feed from Baylor-Carroll pushed the lead to 57-36 with 16:03 left and Rodriguez and DBC eventually traded triples before Robert Bobeck's layup with 11:33 left upped the advantage to 31.


The starters got a well-deserved rest in the closing minutes, allowing Malik Holland, Josh Martin, and Lance Douglas to close out the game's scoring and put a bow on the season-opening victory.



- Penn State Harrisburg shot 51.6 percent from the floor, compared to 36.4 percent by Randolph.

- The Lions finished 14-of-16 from the foul line (87.5 percent).

- The Blue & White assisted on 26 of their 32 field goals.

- The home team forced 19 turnovers on the day, scoring 24 points off Wildcat miscues.

- Dylan Daniels finished with a game-high 17 points and four blocks.

- Brandon Coleman returned with 15 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

- Donyae Baylor-Carroll stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, seven assists, four boards, and two steals.

- Pedro Rodriguez provided the spark off the bench with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals.

- Nate Curry finished with 10 points, seven boards, and three assists.

- CJ Loving's 15 points led the way for Randolph.

- Evan Makle was the only other Wildcat to reach double digits with 14 points.



The Lions wrap up their opening weekend by hosting Mary Washington on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 7. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.



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