PSU Hazleton's Nick Nowak hit a 3-point jump shot at the 1:39 mark in the 4th quarter to knot the game at 68-68 but PSU Greater Allegheny's Jordan Payne responded with 2-point jumper and led the parade of Allegheny players to the foul line as Hazleton was forced to foul trailing with under a minute left to play in the game. Hazleton could only muster a rebound from Brandon Mohammed the rest of the way as Allegheny took the Conference and Division win 76-60.
Nowack ended the night with 19 points while teammate Royce Brathwaite pumped in another 19. Greater Allegheny was led by Jordan Payne's 30 points with Kenneth Rouse adding 13. Hazleton held a 6 point lead at the end of the first half leading 39-34, but the late surge in the last minute of play by Allegheny made the difference. The teams were evenly matched throughout a very close game - Allegheny held a 40% to 38% advantage in field goals over Hazleton, but the home team was better in the 3-point department leading Allegheny 48% to 39%. The teams were almost even in turnovers with Hazleton committing 14 to Allegheny's 13. The big difference in the game was Greater Allegheny's bench pouring in 18 points to Hazleton's 8 points.
PSU Hazleton returns to action on Tuesday traveling to Penn State Worthington in a conference game and then playing their final games in 2017 at Kings College in the Monarch Classic being held on December 8th and 9th.