Senior Day Win Over Penn State-Behrend Highlights Second Half Of Season

Pitt-Bradford defeated the eventual AMCC No. 2 seeded Penn State-Behrend, 65-62, on Feb. 10 at the KOA Arena on Senior Day.

Christian Kelly-Perkins led all scorers with 17 points.  

Desmond BrogsdaleReggie Rogers and Dylan Mitchell each scored 10 points. 

Mitchell delivered many timely buckets in the second half, scoring eight of his 10 points in the half.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 3-13 in AMCC contests while Penn State-Behrend falls to 13-3.

Entering Saturday's game, Penn State-Behrend held the top scoring defense in the country, holding opponents to 57.9 points per game – the lone team to hold opponents to under 60 points per game. 

Prior to the start of the game, seniors Kelly-Perkins, Sahlil HarrisColby Mills and Brady Dailey were honored for Senior Day for their time as Pitt-Bradford student-athletes.

All four seniors started the game.

The opening minutes were low-scoring and neither team could earn a stronghold on the lead.

A Behrend layup at the 12:12 mark put the Lions ahead 12-6, but Mills answered on the other end with a three-pointer to bring the Panthers within three.

The Panthers later stormed out to a 13-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Harris to go up 23-15 with seven minutes left in the first half.

Behrend pulled to within three, 30-27, with just over a minute to play. A pair of Free throws from Dylan Niedermeyer sent the Panthers into halftime with a 32-27 lead.

Back-and-fourth the two teams went, trading buckets early in the second.

With nine minutes left in regulation, the two teams stood locked, 47-47, before Rogers got to the rim and converted the "and-one" to put the Panthers up three points. 

With 2:34 remaining, Behrend held a 60-59 lead, and took the lead on a Mitchell layup.

Pitt-Bradford then forced a missed three-pointer on the next Behrend possession and Mitchell hit a jumper to give Pitt-Bradford a 63-60 lead with just under two minutes to play. 

A Lions' layup with 46 seconds left helped them pull to within one, but Harris collected a miss on the offensive end and knocked down a jumper to put Pitt-Bradford ahead, 65-62, with 13 seconds left.

Penn State-Behrend got a clean look at a three-pointer for the tie but it was off the mark and Mitchell collected the rebound to secure the 65-62 Panther win.

The Panthers have now won the last two matchups with Penn State-Behrend at the KOA Arena. Pitt-Bradford came out on top, 79-74, on Jan. 7, 2017. 

Pitt-Bradford outshot the Lions, 49 percent to 43.1 percent.

The Panthers knocked down six three-pointers on 15 attempts led by Kelly-Perkins with two.

The two teams tied with 32 rebounds apiece. Mitchell led the way with nine while Harris grabbed eight.

Rogers led the Panthers in assists with five.