WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Despite leading at halftime 37-31, the Pennsylvania College of Technology men's basketball team fell 69-65 to Penn State Wilkes Barre Wednesday. The Wildcats were down just 67-65 with just over a minute of play but could not hit a basket to tie it up in the remaining time. Sophomore Jesse Newman (Waterfall) led the team with 19 points as Penn College drops to 1-8 overall and 0-3 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.
Out of the gate, the Wildcats took a 6-2 lead, three each from freshmen Parrish Wragg (Baltimore, Md.) and Christopher Carrington (Ridley Park). Wilkes Barre then countered with a run to take a 13-6 lead in the 14th.
Wragg ended the game with seven points and eight rebounds while Carrington had five points.
Closing out the half, Penn College went on a 4-0 run to go into the break up by six.
The Lions quickly tied the game at 38 in the second and built up a six-point lead with just over 14 remaining. Penn College slowly crept back and took a 57-56 lead in the seventh but a jumper from Jacob Bronder gave the Lions back the lead, which they held on to win the game.
Bronder ended the game with 20 to lead all scorers.
Also for the Wildcats, sophomore Scott Fenton (Dickson City) had 14 points and eight rebounds. As a team, they totaled 48 rebounds to Wilkes Barre's 51.
Next up, the Wildcats travel to Penn State Beaver on Saturday, Dec. 8 for a 3 p.m. game.