Athletics week in review at Penn State Lehigh Valley

Men's Basketball falls in season opener at Marywood, 80-69

Kendall Farrell had a double-double and Thomas Swartz led all scorers with a game-high 16 points as Marywood University downed Penn State Lehigh Valley 80-69 in the season opener for both teams on Nov. 15.

Farrell had 12 points and a game-best 12 boards in just 22 minutes of action, and was joined by Swartz and Jeremy Ringland (14 points) in double figures for the Pacers. Ringland was 7-of-12 from the field while Swartz knocked down a game-high 4 three pointers as part of his 6 of 12 night from the floor.

Farrell was 6-of-7 from the floor as Marywood shot 53.1 percent from the floor on the night.

The Pacers (1-0) out-rebounded the Lions by a 41-28 margin, which included a 30-22 advantage on the defensive glass and an 11-6 margin on offensive boards. The Pacers led for over 36 minutes of Wednesday night's opening contest.

Tarvis Gilbert matched Swartz's game-high, as he posted 16 points for the visitors. AJ Molettiere (14) and Jonathan Buieadded (12) for the visitors, who fell to 0-1 on the year.  Molettiere added a game high six steals in the loss.

With the game tied 5-5 in the early going, a layup from Joey Monaghan gave the Pacers a lead they would not relinquish. That lay-in sparked an 11-0 run for Marywood, putting the Pacers up 16-5 just 7:15 into the contest.

Marywood maintained a double-digit lead for the final 7:12 of the opening half and went into the breakup 13, 46-33.

Penn State Lehigh Valley found themselves down by 16 early in the second, but then methodically chipped away at the Pacers' lead and eventually cut the home side lead to three (54-51) with 10:30 to go.

Despite getting to within three again (56-53) with 9:43 left, the visitors could not regain the lead and Marywood kept the Lions at bay, eventually stretching their lead back to double figures.

Men's basketball player dribbling

Senior Jonathan Buie dribbled down the court at a recent Men's Basketball game.

Credit: Lorie Khalil

Men's Basketball stumbles against Central Penn

The Penn State Lehigh Valley Men's Basketball team trailed by 8 points, 38-30, and was unable to overcome the deficit to drop the non-conference match-up against host Central Penn College Nov. 17. Senior Tarvis Gilbert led the Lions with 14 points, shooting 4 for 10 from three. Junior Zach Thomas and senior Jonathan Buie chipped in with 10 apiece.

Men's Basketball comeback falls short against Northampton Community College

The Penn State Lehigh Valley trailed at halftime 38-34 and rallied back in the second half, but not enough as visiting Northampton Community College ran away with the win, 83-75, Nov. 18 in Allentown.

Senior AJ Molettiere led Lehigh Valley with 19 points. Junior Jeremiah Jenkins chipped in with 16 points. Senior Jonathan Buie recorded a double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Junior Zach Thomas contributed 13 points. 

Men's Basketball explodes in second half for first win of season

The Penn State Lehigh Valley Men's basketball team led 27-26 at halftime, but exploded in the second half outscoring Davis College 48-36 to take the 75-62 non-conference win Nov. 21 in Johnson City.

Senior Jonathan Buie recorded his second double-double of the season with 23 points and 14 boards. Junior James Middleton recorded 14 points and junior Jeremiah Jenkins chipped in with 13 points.

Women's Basketball stumbles in season opener at Desales

The DeSales University Women's basketball team saw four players reach double figures and the Bulldogs forces 44 Penn State Lehigh Valley turnovers in an 86-49 win in the season opener for both teams Nov. 15 in Billera Hall.

PSU-LV was led by Andrea Watkins with a team-high 10 points.

After DSU scored the first eight points of the game and held a 19-10 lead near the end of the first quarter, the Nittany Lions made a run to get within 23-22 with 5:23 to go in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs then took the game over finishing the first-half on a 22-2 run to take a 45-24 lead into the locker room. DSU forced 11 turnovers and scored 13 fast break points during the game clinching spurt.

DeSales put the game out of reach to start the third quarter using an 18-0 run to push a 19-point lead into a 65-28 advantage with 3:17 left in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs scored 50 points off the 44 Nittany Lion turnovers and had a 38-6 advantage in fast break points.  The 28 steals were the third most in a game in team history. DeSales shot 46.2 percent from the floor for the game and held PSU-LV to just 34.6 percent shooting.

Women's Basketball runs past Central Penn, 107-26

The Penn State Lehigh Valley Women's Basketball team held a 50-14 halftime lead and never looked back to gain the team’s first victory of the season Nov. 17 at Central Penn.

Senior Hannah Bankes shot 4 for 5 from 3 point land to score a game-high 25 points. Sophomore Ebony Sanders had a dominating paint performance adding 22 points. Junior Gia Erie chipped in with 12 points. 

Women's Basketball rolls over Northampton Community College, 96-42

The Penn State Lehigh Valley Women's Basketball recorded its second straight win with a 96-42 victory over visiting Northampton Community College on Nov. 18 in Allentown.

Sophomore Alexis Schratt had a career and game-high 20 points. Senior Hannah Bankes shot 4 for 9 from three to add 16 points.

Senior Kereece Seuren and sophomore Myasia Taylor both chipped in with 10 points apiece.

Women's Basketball wins third straight

The Penn State Lehigh Valley Women's Basketball team won its third straight game with a 97-60 victory over non-conference Davis College Nov. 21 in Johnson City.

Sharpshooter Hannah Bankes went 6 for 14 from three to score 20 points. Sophomore center Ebony Sandes controlled the paint with a 20 point performance. Senior Andrea Watkins contributed 18 points. Freshman Anaya White chipped in with a career-high 14 points.

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Lorie Khalil

Head Women's Basketball Coach/Coordinator of Athletic Programs