Wilkes-Barre, Pa. - The Nittany Lions fell to 1-1 on the young season with Friday's loss at NCAA III King's College by the score of 85-50. The Lions were outshot by a margin of 14 percentage points and King's connected for 19 free throws in the contest compared to just one free throw for the Nittany Lions leading to the 35 point defeat.
King's opened up a double digit lead midway through the first half behind three triples from King's Carmine Castiello and continued to pour on the offense consistently against the Nittany Lion defenders. Castiello finished the half with five makes from beyond the arc as King's went on an 11-3 run to end the half and take a 47-24 cushion into the break. Things did not get much easier for Hazleton in the second half as King's continued to shoot over 40 percent from the field in the second half. Despite a solid nine point effort from sophomore Donovan Cumberbatch (Springfield Gardens, Pa.) in the second period, Hazleton was stymied offensively, as King's limited Hazleton to one and done opportunities, out-rebounding the Lions 22-13 in the second half and cruising to a 35 point margin of victory. Cumberbatch finished the game as the only Nittany Lion in double figures in the scoring column, totaling 12 points to go along with two steals on the night.
Next up: Hazleton will visit Penn State Scranton on Wednesday, November 16 for an 8:00 p.m. game as the Nittany Lions kick off Penn State University Athletic Conference play.