DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Penn State Behrend men's basketball team advances to the championship game of the 44th Annual Purple and Gold Tournament with a 77-62 win over Heidelberg in the first-round action on Friday afternoon.
Score: Penn State Behrend 77, Heidelberg 62
Records: Penn State Behrend (9-1), Heidelberg (3-7)
* Behrend improves to 9-1 on the season with its sixth straight win
* The Lions had a four-point deficit at halftime (36-32)
* Heidelberg pushed the lead to seven at 51-44 with 10:05 left to play
* Behrend used a 16-1 run over a four-minute span, draining three triples in the process for a 66-52 advantage
* The Lions shot 85.2 percent from the charity stripe (23-of-27)
* Mike Fischer (Wexford, PA/North Allegheny) led with 21 points and Justin Gorny (South Park, PA/South Park) was the second player in double figures with 20
* Andy Niland (Fairview, PA/Fairview) pulled down a team-best eight boards to go with 11 points
* The Lions return to action tomorrow in the championship game against the winner of Defiance/Geneva. Game time is 3 p.m.