Panthers Face Road Test At First-Place Penn State-Behrend Saturday

Photo by Erika Helo
Photo by Erika Helo

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men's basketball team will play its second-straight road Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game as it travels to first-place Penn State-Behrend Saturday.

Saturday's game will be the fourth of a five-game road trip for the Panthers.

Pitt-Bradford is coming off a 97-86 loss at Penn State-Altoona Wednesday.

Christian Kelly-Perkins erupted for a career-high 31 points to lead all scorers. The senior registered 12 field goals and knocked down six of seven free throws. 

Dylan Niedermeyer registered a double-double of 15 points and 12 boards, and Sahlil Harris also scored 15 points.

A tale of two halves, the Panthers shot 43.9 percent in the second half after shooting 35.9 percent in the first half and held the Lions to 37.1 percent from the floor in the second half after they shot 52.6 in the first. The Panthers outscored the Lions, 48-41, in the second half.

Harris and Niedermeyer both turned it on for the Panthers in the second half as Harris scored 10 of his 15 points and Niedermeyer scored 11 of his 15 points in the half. 

After registering his third double-double of the season Wednesday, Niedermeyer now averages 7.6 rebounds per game, just 0.3 shy of the AMCC lead.

Desmond Brogsdale, who played in the first six games of the season but missed the last month due to injury, returned to the Panthers' lineup Wednesday. Brogsdale leads Pitt-Bradford with 15.6 points per game, which is the fifth-best scoring average in the AMCC.

Reginald Rogers is the top distributor on the team with 38 total assists, tied for fifth-most in the AMCC.

Saturday's game will begin at 1 p.m. and will serve as the first game of a doubleheader with the women's team.

About Penn State-Behrend:

  • The Penn State-Behrend Lions welcome the Panthers atop the conference with a perfect 5-0 record in AMCC play and a 10-2 mark overall.
  • Behrend runs out one of the top defenses in the country, holding opponents to just 58.3 points per game – the second-best scoring defense in the nation.
  • Justin Gorny is one of the best shooters in the conference, as he leads the AMCC with a 49.1 percent from long range and has connected on the second-most three-pointers in the conference with 27. He averages 16.2 points per game, the fourth-best scoring average in the conference.
  • Dan Wanker (13.3 points per game) and Andy Niland (11.1 points per game) also average double-figure scoring totals for the Lions. Wanker is also the team's top rebounder 6.7 boards per game.