Sharon, PA - Tavian Mozie made two free throws with 0:08 left on the clock and Penn State Fayette picked up a defensive stop on the last play of the game as it held on to defeat Penn State Shenango Saturday afternoon, 68-65.
"It was a great game and we were fortunate enough to hold on," said first-year Fayette coach Marcus Thomas. "I thought we executed well offensively and were able to knock down some shots. It's the best we have shot from the perimeter in a while, which was key because we were not as sharp defensively."
The loss ended a three-game losing streak for Fayette (9-14, 7-10) in Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) play.
Fayette shot 49% (24-49) from the field and 44% (12-27) on three-pointers while Shenango shot 43% (22-51) for the game and 44% (7-16) from beyond the arc.
Mozie (McClellandtown, PA/Albert Gallatin HS) led four Fayette players in double figures with 21 points. Justin Craigg (Newark, DE/Newark HS) added 15, Josh Hankins (Phoenix, AZ/Pinnacle HS) finished with 14 and Iman Young (Silver Springs, MD/West Potomac HS) added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
The contest, which saw seven ties and 10 lead changes, was evenly played for the most part with Fayette's largest lead being seven points and Shenango's being two points.
Shenango (9-13, 9-7) placed three players in double figures and were led by Donovan Verges who had a game-high 19 points.
Thomas said this win could help the team close out the season on the right note.
"We are hopefully going to carry some momentum from this win into Tuesday," Thomas said. "We have another big game in front of us."
Fayette heads to Penn State DuBois (12-11, 8-9) Tuesday at 8 PM for a PSUAC contest.
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