By Mar Tsakonas, The Nittany News Staff Writer
In the first conference game of the new year, the Penn State Worthington Scranton Lions (6-8 overall, 3-3 conference) came out firing against a very evenly matched Penn State Dubois team (3-11 overall, 2-6 conference). Both teams exchanged baskets and the lead as the game heated up. With 5 lead changes in the first half the game was still up for grabs at halftime with Penn State Worthington Scranton holding a narrow 1 point lead, 42-41.
The second half would feature more of fast paced play from both teams as they would exchange baskets and the lead 8 times. Physical defense from both teams would cause problems and turnovers at both ends of the floor. As the end of regulation ticked down Penn State Worthington Scranton found themselves down by 2 and with an assist by freshman, guard, Tyrek Cooper, Hasiin Dixon evened up the contest 83-83 with seconds to spare sending the game to overtime.
In overtime, the Lions picked up where they left off at the end of regulation taking a 6 point lead over the visitors. Dubois would fight back but with a clutch and-one play by freshman, Jeff Griffin, off of a Hasiin Dixon assist, with 2.1 seconds left in the period, the Lions would put the final touch on the victory as Penn State Dubois would heave up and miss a 3 pointer at the buzzer. Dixon finished the game with a game high 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Tyrek Cooper added 20 and Jon Devine added 18 points to round out the scoring for the victors.