Late Surge Sends Penn State Altoona Past Men's Basketball

Huntingdon, Pa. (11/17/12) – The Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team used a late run in the final minute of action to break a 65-all tie and defeat Kean University, 71-65, Saturday afternoon in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.

Junior Michael Burton led the Cougars (0-2) with 15 points.

It was Kean that took control early in the contest, leading by as many as 12 midway through the first half as sophomore J.J. Hladik registered a trey with 10:19 remaining, putting the score at 21-9.  The Cougars pushed the lead again to 12 on a trey from freshman Mike Diamond, with 1:29 to go in the first stanza. 

Heading into the break with a 34-26 advantage, senior Mike Shaughnessy and rookie Frank Nock each tallied seven points while teammate Kyle Latorre added four rebounds.

With 12:41 to go in the matchup, Altoona tied things up at 46-all on a three-pointer from Jonathan Ross.  The teams then battled back and forth in a see-saw matchup before the Lions rallied in the final minute of action to pull away with the win.

Nock (pictured left) finished with 12 points and nine rebounds while Latorre added nine points and six rebounds.

Kean returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Richard Stockton College.