By: Matylda Zamudio
DUBOIS, Pa.–– The Penn State Beaver men's basketball team kept the win-streak alive against Penn State DuBois Tuesday evening, 74-66.
Sophomore forward/center Jeremy Redwine (Merced) led the charge today and picked another double-double tonight with a game-high 22 points, as well as a game-high 14 rebounds, four steals, one assist and one block, where he went 10-12 from the field and 2-4 from the charity stripe.
Senior guard John Foster (Austin/Del Valle) also earned a double-double for Beaver with 17 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, five steals and one block.
Junior guard Keon Butler (Annapolis/Star Severn School) added 13 points, six assists and two rebounds tonight.
Junior guard Sonny Martinez (Austin) rounded-out the double-digit scoring for Beaver with 11 points and one assist in the game.
1st half: The teams played each other tough with Martinez dishing out back-to-back shots from behind the arc to start the scoring for the Lions (6-4). The teams tied it up several times in the early portion of the first until Butler fired a 3-point jumper at 12:28 to put Beaver up by 5 points (15-10). However, DuBois cut the Lions' lead to only 1 at 9:51 and then took the lead away on a jumper 20 seconds later (18-17). But the Lions started to pick up steam late in the half with Foster making a late steal to feed the ball to senior guard Kevin Louis-Charles (Lawrenceville/ Central Gwinnett) for a 2-pointer to build a double-digit deficit for DuBois with two minutes to go (35-25). At 1:24, Butler scored the final points of the first, drilling a shot from downtown to propel the Lions' lead to 13 points at halftime (38-25).
2nd half: After the break, the Lions built their largest lead of the game (15 points) only nine seconds into the second thanks to a jumper from Redwine. However, the Lions then had two early turnovers, which allowed DuBois to get within striking distance to cut Beaver's lead down to only 5 points (40-35). But at 16:16, Redwine got hot and scored 8 straight points for Beaver to make it a three-possession game with DuBois trailing by 9 (50-41). While DuBois cut the lead down to 5 again at 11:38, momentum shifted to the Lions as they made an 8-0 run with 3 points for Beaver from the charity stripe after DuBois picked up two fouls, including a technical at 9:53, for the Lions to pull ahead by 13 (58-45). Beaver maintained a double-digit lead for the next six and a half minutes until DuBois scored a jumper and a fouled by Beaver sent the DuBois up to the line for two shots to make it only a two-possession game (68-61). However, Beaver rallied back, which included Martinez hitting a clutch 3-pointer 40 seconds later and scored two of Beaver's final three free-throws, while the defense held DuBois to only 1 point in the final two minutes of the game, which helped the Lions earn a 74-66 victory for the night.
Inside the Box: Beaver shot 61.9 percent from the field, hitting 26-42 shots, 50 percent from 3-point range on 7-14 shots and 65.2 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 15-23 from the charity stripe.
After tonight's win, The Lions improve to 5-4 overall and 4-3 to move into third place in the PSUAC-Western standings.
Beaver will be back at home this Friday, Dec. 13, where they will face off against Penn State Greater Allegheny. The game begins at 8 p.m.