The Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team exploded in the second
half of Saturday afternoon’s showdown with Penn State Altoona to cruise to a 95-68
win. The Panthers dropped 52 points in the second half alone to run away with
the victory. Pitt-Bradford had four players score in double figures.
Junior guard Keith Burgess led all Panthers with 21 points,
three rebounds and three assists. Despite not starting, and missing the first
several minutes of action, Burgess entered the game on a mission and it wasn’t
long before he found his comfort zone and cashed in on strong finishes.
Freshman guard Zach Smith finished with 18 points, four
rebounds and one assist. Senior guard Brandon McClester had 15 points, four rebounds
and four assists. And sophomore guard Eric Matheson left the court with 13
points, five rebounds and four assists.
Pitt-Bradford (4-3, 1-1) began the contest rather sluggish
and seemed surprised by the intensity and fierce attack shown by the Lions. The
first half remained knotted throughout, with each team taking turns finding the
The Lions were able to open up a 24-13 lead before the
Panthers settled in, and with ten minutes to go in the first half, made things
The two teams headed to the locker room at the break with
Pitt-Bradford leading 43-36. The Panthers drained 53 percent of their shots
from the floor in the first half and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. The Lions
shot 48 percent from the floor and hit 6-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Altoona (2-7, 0-4) hit the court running in the second half
in an attempt to bring the game within reach. However, each time the Lions
found their way to the basket, the Panthers were there to respond at the other
With just over three minutes remaining in the contest,
Pitt-Bradford established a 30-point lead at 90-60. It was at this time that
head coach Britt Moore allowed his starters to rest and brought in the
Pitt-Bradford was able to close out a monster win in front
of the home crowd and head into the break on a high note.
“I thought we started very slow but played well for the
final 30 minutes,” said Moore. “We really took some pride on defense and that
led to some easy transition baskets. It’s good to get back to even in the league
and go to break on a victory.”
The Panthers now enter the holiday season and do not return to
action until Sunday, Dec. 29, when they travel to Reading, Pa., to take part in
the Albright Tournament. Pitt-Bradford opens the first round against
Farmingdale State at 2 p.m.