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Caleb Eckert puts in two of his team-high 22 points in Penn State Mont Alto's win over Penn State Fayette Saturday. PSU MONT ALTO

Penn State Mont Alto takes men’s basketball win

LEMONT FURNACE—Caleb Eckert (Chambersburg/Cumberland Valley Christian School) scored a team-high 22 points off the bench Saturday as the Penn State Mont Alto men’s basketball team rallied to defeat Penn State Fayette, 76-69.

PSU Fayette (10-13, 6-11 PSUAC) led 42-29 at halftime, but Mont Alto came out hot the second half and eventually took a 52-48 lead after a 16-0 run. Darrius Bush (Martinsburg, W.Va./Spring Mills) scored eight for Mont Alto during the run, and Eckert added six. Cameron Williams (Inwood, W.Va./Musselman) chipped in 14 for Mont Alto.

Maurice Freeman led Penn State Fayette with 21 points.

Penn State Mont Alto (21-3, 16-1 PSUAC) travels to Penn State Wilkes-Barre Monday for a battle of PSUAC division leaders at 8 p.m.

Penn State Mont Alto women’s comeback falls short

LEMONT FURNACE—Cold shooting doomed a Penn State Mont Alto women’s basketball comeback Saturday as Mont Alto fell 62-49 to Penn State Fayette in Penn State University Athletic Conference action.

After trailing 20-11 early in the second quarter, Mont Alto (11-11, 8-9 PSUAC) cut the lead to 25-19 at halftime. But Mont Alto made only 2 of 13 shots in the third quarter, and Fayette (14-6, 12-4 PSUAC) won the quarter 18-7 to take control of the game.

Freshman guard Alexia Hackett (Clinton Md./Largo) scored 13 points, all of them in a 23-point Mont Alto fourth quarter, to lead Mont Alto. Freshman Naliyah Hadley (Searcy Ark./Searcy) added 12 points.

Penn State Mont Alto travels to Penn State Wilkes-Barre for a 6 p.m. game Monday.

Ranked Kutztown women’s team downs Shepherd

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va.  – Rylie Derr scored 17 points and Abbey Hearn added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 21 Kutztown (20-5, 13-3 PSAC) to a 68-59 win over Shepherd University (18-5, 12-5 PSAC) in PSAC women’s basketball action Saturday.

Graduate student forward Sydney Clayton (Frederick, Md./St. John’s) had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Rams.

Senior guard Madi White (Hamilton, Va./Woodgrove) had 12 points and seven boards, while graduate student guard Marley McLaughlin (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) tossed in 12 points. Junior guard Abby Beeman (Ridgeley, W.Va./Frankfort) added game highs of seven steals and five assists.

Kutztown had a 33-20 lead at the half.

Shepherd shot 30.4 percent from the floor with a 29.2 percent effort (7-24) from three-point range for the game. The Rams connected on 83.3 percent (10-12) of their free throws.

Kutztown hit on 56.4 percent (22-39) from the floor with a 52.9 percent effort (9-17) from three-point range for the game. The Golden Bears connected on 83.3 percent (15-18) of their free throws.

Kutztown had a 37-30 rebounding edge.  Shepherd forced 30 turnovers and committed 13. Shepherd had a 15-3 edge in steals.

The Rams return to action Monday when they travel to Lock Haven for a 5:30 p.m. contest.

Shepherd men take basketball win over Kutztown

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va.– Senior forward Kyle Daggett (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) scored 20 points and senior guard Cam Stephens (Bunker Hill, W.Va./Musselman) added 19 to lead Shepherd University (10-12, 5-10 PSAC) to a 68-60 win over Kutztown (7-17, 4-14 PSAC) in PSAC men’s basketball action Saturday.

Daggett also grabbed six boards and blocked a pair of shots. Stephens handed out a game-high nine assists. Junior guard Jon Preston (Brandywine, Md./Rock Creek Christian) added 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Wesley Butler had 18 points to lead the Golden Bears. Evan-Eric Longino added 15 points and six rebounds.

Shepherd had a 26-22 lead at halftime.

Shepherd had a 14-point lead dwindle to four points at 57-53 after Longino hit a jumper with 2:11 remaining. Shepherd hit 8-of-8 free throws in the game’s final minutes to seal the win.

The Rams return to action on Monday when they travel to Lock Haven for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

Raider women’s basketball team loses to Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN —The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team could not overcome a slow start Saturday and lost at Lock Haven, 57-45, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division game.

Shippensburg (14-10, 10-8 PSAC) was limited to single digits in the first quarter and third quarter by Lock Haven (10-12, 7-11). The Bald Eagles never trailed, using an 8-2 run late in the second quarter to lead by 10 points at halftime.

In the fourth quarter, the Raiders shot 40 percent from the field, but the Bald Eagles shot 50 percent from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc.

Senior Destiny Jefferson (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton (West Chester)) led the Raiders with 20 points. She added six rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Shippensburg will travel to West Chester on Monday night for a 6 p.m. game.

Shippensburg men’s basketball drops overtime game

LOCK HAVEN — The Shippensburg University men’s basketball team fell in overtime at Lock Haven on Saturday, dropping a 79-67 decision to the Bald Eagles in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup.

Shippensburg (15-7, 12-5 PSAC) trailed by five points at halftime and was locked in a see-saw battle with Lock Haven (9-12, 7-9) that featured 10 ties and 14 lead changes. The Raiders took the lead with 42 seconds remaining, but the Bald Eagles then tied it and later missed a shot at the buzzer that could have won it in regulation. LHU opened overtime on an 8-0 run to take control.

Redshirt junior Dom Sleva (Pittsburgh/Montour) dropped 20 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. It is the most rebounds in a single game by a Raider since John Castello had 19 rebounds in 2019 against Bloomsburg. Sleva shot 7-of-13 from the field and contributed two steals and a block.

SU was held to 31 percent shooting, including 12 percent (4-of-33) from three-point range. The Raiders shot 8-of-9 from the free-throw line in the second half but finished the game just 15-of-24 (63 percent) overall at the free-throw line.

Shippensburg will play again at 7:30 p.m. Monday at West Chester.