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Penn State Mont Alto men’s basketball team didn’t put away a pesky PSU DuBois squad until the last two minutes of the game Friday as the visitors held on for the 65-58 win. the game gave Mont Alto its 12th straight win. The team recently ranked as the No. 5 team in the most recent USCAA Division II Coaches Poll.

Inside the Box Score

  • Mont Alto had the better field goal percentage shooting 44.6%, but PSU DuBois stayed within striking distance all night long thanks to connecting on 7-of-22 (31.8%) attempts from downtown. 
  • PSUMA outrebounded DuBois 42-25 with John Teague (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) and Marcus Roper (Charles Town, W. Va./Jefferson) each posting double-doubles. It was the first of the season for Roper who scored 12 and chipped in 10 boards.
  • JR Powe (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) led all scorers with 22 points and converted 6-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe.
  • 19 points from Cole Morris paced the DuBois attack. Tre’von Williams added 15 points and seven rebounds off their bench.

How it Happened

  • Ignoring early home-crowd energy, Penn State Mont Alto took a 13-5 lead after a Powe backdoor layup assisted by John Teague (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown). Penn State DuBois (7-8, 3-6 PSUAC) clawed back to even the score at 15 points apiece after a Tre’von Williams layup.
  • DuBois took a 23-19 lead with just under seven minutes left in the first half after a Malik Gordon jumper. They continued to nurse that lead during the final minutes of the half. DuBois carried a 30-25 lead into the halftime break. Cole Morris scored nine of his points within that half.
  • PSUMA retook the lead early in the second half. Its pressure defense led to a Flemister steal and JR Powe (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) fast break layup.
  • The largest lead of the game by either team wasn’t established until late in when Mont Alto showed its composure. They led by eight points with a 1:53 at 57-51 and held on down the stretch.

What’s next

An impending winter storm in the Mid-Atlantic region cancelled the basketball doubleheader at Penn State Greater Allegheny Saturday. It will be played February 7 instead.

Mont Alto returns to action Wednesday against Christendom College.

FRANK MAIRA is Assistant Director of Athletics/SID at Penn State Mont Alto

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