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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Penn College erased a 10-point halftime deficit and evened game with five minutes left, but Lycoming was too much down the stretch and dealt the Wildcats an 89-75 setback in a non-conference men's basketball game Monday. Penn College fell to 0-5, while the Warriors improved to 4-1.
Spencer Bartron led the Wildcats 15 points, on 6 of 10 shooting. Ryan Lockman added 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Penn College, Ben Sosa finished with 13 points, and Cameron Gloster netted 11.
D'Yante Doughty scored a game-high 23 points for Lycoming, Darius James and Darius Dangerfield both finished with 18, and Markanthony Fidelis added 15.
The opening 12 minutes of the game featured two lead changes and three deadlocks when Gloster's layup at 8:31 knotted the game at 26. Kris Giles' three with 6:16 on the clock put Penn College ahead 33-29 before the Warriors finished the half with an 18-4 run to lead 47-37 at halftime.
Lycoming built its lead to 13, 57-44, with 17:52 left in the game but the Wildcats answered with a 15-2 spurt to tie the game at 59 with 12:20 left. Jeff Nixon highlighted the run with seven points for Penn College. Gloster connected on a three and converted the ensuing free throw to give the Wildcats their largest lead, 66-62, with 9:06 on the clock. After Lycoming regained the lead, Penn College tied it for a final time on Lockman's tip-in with 5:48 left in the game to make it 70-70. The Warriors closed out the final five minutes with a 19-5 run.
Penn College opens North Eastern Athletic Conference play Wednesday, 8 p.m., at College of Saint Elizabeth.