Men's Basketball Hosts Allegheny in Home Opener

Men's Basketball Hosts Allegheny in Home Opener

ERIE, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend men's basketball team will host the Allegheny Gators in their home opener on Wednesday night in the Junker Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


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Penn State Behrend News & Notes

* The Behrend Lions came guns blazing in their season opener against Thiel last Tuesday
* The Lions posted a 94-73 victory thanks to four players reaching double-digit points
* Sophomore Devin Pope (Ripley, NY/Chautauqua Lake) led all scorers with a career-high 25 points
* Pope went 10-for-15 from the field to go with three rebounds and three steals
* Senior Derrick Clark (Erie, PA/Central Tech) was two-points shy of Pope with a career-best 23 points
* Clark drained three triples and went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe
* Freshman Matt Niland (Erie, PA/Fairview) came off the bench for 11 minutes and hit a pair of three-pointers for six points in his first collegiate game
* Head Coach Dave Niland, who is in his 26th season at the helm of the men's basketball program, enters the game with 497 career wins

Allegheny News & Notes

* The Gators are a perfect 3-0 entering Wednesday's game
* Allegheny defeated Carnegie Mellon (86-81), before claiming the Greg Richards '08 Memorial Classic on their home court last weekend
* The Gators downed Grove City 76-69 before posting an 82-62 decision over Waynesburg in the championship
* Senior forward Jordan Rawls earned North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Athlete of the Week for averaging 24.3 points per game last week
* Rawls dropped 33 points in the season opener against the Tartans and is riding an 18-game double-digit scoring streak

Series History

* Behrend holds a slight 19-15 lead in the all-time series against Allegheny, beginning in the 1972-73 season
* The Lions have won 10 straight, including a 80-77 victory on the road last year
* The last Allegheny win was a 56-55 decision in 2006-07