ERIE, Pa. – The Franciscan men's basketball team dropped an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest to Penn State Behrend, 77-43, Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Joe Schriner led the Barons with 10 points off of the bench before 4-for-9 shooting from the floor, including a pair of threes. Classmate Matt Trent pulled down eight rebounds for the Barons while senior Keoni Sablan chipped in nine points and two steals. The Barons shot 32.7% from the floor (16-for-49) and made four three-pointers in the contest.
Trailing by seven at the half, 34-27, the Barons cut it down to six a pair of times behind a layup from Schriner and senior Jacob Divens but the Lions made it an 11-point game with 14:25 to play with a layup. Sablan and the Lions traded threes before Schriner hit a jumper with 12:35 to play to keep the deficit in single digits, 45-36 before the Lions held a slight 6-5 advantage over the next two minutes to take a 51-41 lead with 10 to play.
The Lions closed out the half on a 26-2 run, limiting the Barons to just a layup from Trent to seal the 77-43 victory.
"For the third game in a row against really good competition, we played well for about 28-30 minutes," remarked head coach Joe Wallace. "We haven't been able to finish games and have let small deficits slip away."
Franciscan opened the game with an 8-4 advantage behind a pair of threes from Divens and Schriner in the first 3:50. Schriner hit another three with 14:59 to play to push the Baron lead back to four, 11-7, but the Lions tied the game at 11-11 with 13:43 to play and took the lead on their next possession, 13-11. Senior JP Dombrowski made a layup with 12:18 to play and converted his free throw attempt to give the Barons the 14-13 lead. Trent hit a jumper with 10:18 to play to give Franciscan an 18-15 lead. After a back and forth four minutes, the Barons and Lions were tied 22-22 but PSB used a 6-0 run over the next three minutes to take the lead, 28-22, a lead they would not surrender. Sablan got it back to within two, 29-27, but Behrend closed out the half with a 5-0 run to take the 34-27 lead into halftime.
"We need to keep building and putting the pieces together," continued Coach Wallace. "Patience will be our greatest asset as we move forward."
The Barons look for their first conference win as they travel to Penn State Altoona on Wednesday for a 6pm tip.