By Daylin Davis, Student Reporter
The Central Penn Knights defeated Penn State Mont Alto, 77-76 in dramatic fashion.
Penn State Mont Alto were up 41-34 on Central Penn at the half, despite the Knights having a 21-8 lead to start the game. Central Penn battled hard defensively, cutting the Lion's lead to six with five minutes remaining in the game.
Joel Zola and Daylin Davis hit back to back threes for the Knights to tie the game at 73 with one minute left. Davis then shot a mid-range jumper to put Central Penn ahead by two. Marcus Roper made a long three, out of a time out for the Nittany Lions, to put them ahead 76-75.
Penn State Mont Alto hit a three-point shot with .29 seconds left in the game to put them ahead 76-75. Coach David Archer then called an immediate timeout and drew up a play for the Knights, which led the team to a nail biting victory.
Junior guard Davis rolled off a screen from Noah Baylor, and made a floater outside the paint, with .21 seconds remaining in the game. Penn State Mont Alto's Jordan Gillis posted a game high 24 points, but great team defensive effort by the Knights was too much for the Lions to overcome.
Davis, who sealed the game with the final bucket scored 14 points in the second half to finish with a team high 17 points, along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Two other Knights reached double figures. Baylor posted a double-double adding 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Lawrence came off the bench to score 11 points, 3 three-pointers and 3 assists.
The Central Penn bench scoring played a key component in the win totaling 24 points. The Knights dominated the glass, outrebounding Penn State Mont Alto 53-36.
“This was a good team victory for us early in the season.” said Davis. “The guys showed a lot of heart tonight.”
The Central Penn Knights head back to Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 24 to compete in the Campbellsville University Classic.