The State College boys’ basketball team had an upset brewing Thursday evening but could not hang on.
Harrisburg rallied from a 14-point, third-quarter deficit for a 52-51 win to lock up the regular-season title in the Mid Penn Conference’s Commonwealth Division.
The Cougars (14-5, 12-1) trailed 44-30 late in the third quarter before rolling off 22 of the game’s final 29 points. But the Little Lions (9-8, 5-6) grabbed the rebound after a missed free throw and called a time out with 5.5 seconds left to set up the final chance. The team raced the length of the court and Drew Friberg had a look at a 3-pointer but the ball bounced off the rim to dash the upset hopes.
Friberg finished with 16 points, with Cooper Guley adding eight points and Alex McCann netting seven for State College, which is back on the court Friday at Carlisle.
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Jahaad Proctor’s 17 points and Chris Whitaker’s 13 paced Harrisburg.
The start of the game was moved up two hours because of a poor weather forecast for Thursday evening.