MEDIA, Pennsylvania -- The Penn State Brandywine men's basketball team dropped its Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference opener to Penn State Lehigh Valley on Saturday afternoon, falling 85-81 at the Brandywine Athletic Center.
Lehigh Valley jumped out to a 13-7 lead, but Brandywine netted the game's next seven points, including four from Chris Lyons (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), to jump in front.
The Lions pushed their edge as big as seven following Marcus Turner's (Claymont, Del./Chichester) three-pointer at the 10:57 mark; however, Lehigh Valley used a 14-0 surge spanning four minutes as it built a 28-21 advantage.
Lehigh Valley held a slim lead for the duration of the first half and went into the locker rooms in front 41-37 as Jordan Young canned a triple just before the halftime buzzer.
Young's three-pointer at the 15:35 mark extended the Lehigh Valley lead to 50-42. The Lions mounted a rally as Amir Davis (Philadelphia, Pa./Walter Palmer Charter) drilled a triple and Cyrie Spencer (Sharon Hill, Pa./Academy Park) added a layup, bringing Brandywine within one.
Two minutes later, Davis knotted the score at 57-57 with another three-pointer and James Fisher Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa./Upper Darby) gave the Lions their first lead of the half as he followed with a triple during Brandywine's next possession.
Brandywine owned a seven-point edge with 5:28 to play following a Davis three, but Lehigh Valley netted eight of the game's next 10 points to grab a one-point lead.
Spencer put the Lions back in front by canning a jumper, but was answered by Joe Wiggins' basket on the other end. After Young made the score 81-78 with 1:24 to play, Spencer sank a bucket to pull Brandywine back within one.
Wiggins' basket made the score 83-80 with 17 seconds to go. After Fisher made one-of-two free throws, Young was fouled and sank a pair from the charity stripe with just three seconds left on the clock to ice the game.
Spencer tallied an 18-point, 16 rebound double-double, which included seven offensive boards, while Fisher led all scorers with 27 points. Davis knocked down five three-pointers and added 21 points, along with six rebounds.
Brandywine shot 37 percent (25-67) from the floor, but Lehigh Valley nailed 40 percent (28-70) of its shots and held a slim 46-44 edge on the boards.
Brandywine (0-4, 0-1) looks to bounce back Sunday when it hosts Penn State Wilkes Barre at 3:00 pm.
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February 8, 2015 Brandywine Drops Home Finale To Scranton
February 7, 2015 Hazleton Slips Past Brandywine 76-73
February 6, 2015 Brandywine Falls At Lehigh Valley
February 1, 2015 Mont Alto Rallies To Edge Brandywine
January 29, 2015 Brandywine Falls At Home To York
January 25, 2015 Double-Doubles By O'Neill And Spencer Not Enough For Lions At PSGA
January 24, 2015 Beaver Knocks Off Brandywine 98-77
January 21, 2015 Wednesday's Men's Basketball Game Postponed
January 20, 2015 Cyrie Spencer Named PSUAC Player Of The Week
January 18, 2015 Fayette Pulls Away; Tops Brandywine
January 17, 2015 Lions Edged By New Kensington
January 13, 2015 Turnovers Doom Lions In Loss To Valley Forge
January 10, 2015 DuBois Rallies Past Brandywine
January 7, 2015 Brandywine Downed By Eastern
December 31, 2014 Rutgers-Camden Tops Penn State Brandywine In Tournament Consolation
December 29, 2014 Lions Downed By Host Warriors In Tournament Opener
December 9, 2014 Central Penn Ousts Brandywine In Non-League Matchup
December 7, 2014 Lions Trumped At Mont Alto
November 25, 2014 Fisher Named Conference Player Of The Week
November 23, 2014 Wilkes-Barre Hands Brandywine Home Defeat
November 22, 2014 Lehigh Valley Edges Past Brandywine 85-81
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November 16, 2014 Knights Down Lions At Rowan Invitational
November 15, 2014 Hot-Shooting Rowan Holds Off Brandywine
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