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Combined 50 Personal Fouls and Six Technicals Result in Greater Allegheny Men's Hoops Demise

Combined 50 Personal Fouls and Six Technicals Result in Greater Allegheny Men's Hoops Demise

Lemont Furnace, Pa. - Through a treacherous semi-final contest of the 2016-17 United States Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Division II Basketball Championship, a combined 50 personal fouls and six technical fouls resulted in a Penn State Greater Allegheny unravel, 74-60.

Greater Allegheny jumped out to a staggering 17-8 lead over the #1 returning USCAA Division II Champions. Major contributions by sophomore forward George Prota (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward), sophomore guard Jordon Payne (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) and junior guard Jeremy McMunn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills). 

Payne reigned down with another three-pointer to continue the GA flex. McMunn netted a jumper as Berkeley continued to complete shots. Berkeley worked their way all the way back, Berkeley ahead 24-22. Prota added a jumper before senior guard Denzel Boyer-London (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) matched him. Boyer-London added two from the foul line before senior forward Moe Alli (Edison, N.J./Cardinal McCarrick) added the last bucket of the half, Greater Allegheny now trailing 41-30.

Senior forward Jumanne Butler-McDaniel (Franklin, N.J./Cardinal McCarrick) put up the first eight points of the second half as Berkeley swelled to 49-38 in just six minutes of action. Payne and junior guard Khari Hicks (East Hills, Pa./Imani Christian Academy) drained points from the foul line as Payne finished off a three-pointer, 57-44 BK. 

McMunn drained eight points as freshman guard Duane Tymous (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) and Hicks downed layups, 64-56.

Alli added a layup as Payne finished the final game of the 2016-17 season with a good layup, Berkeley surviving and advancing to the championship game, 74-60.

Payne placed a game-high 20 points with three boards, three assists and two steals. McMunn added 13 points with 100% (4-of-4) of his foul shots sinking along with three boards, an assist and a steal. Butler-McDaniel also cashed in 100% (4-of-4) from the foul line with eight points, seven rebounds and an assist. 

As a team, Greater Allegheny was out-rebounded 42-34 as the men managed 59.1% (13-of-22) from the foul line and 39.6% (21-of-53) from the floor. The Lions added 21 points off turnovers, 20 points in the paint and 12 fast break points. The Lions earned zero points on second-chance compared to Berkeley's 13.

Greater Allegheny (23-6, 14-2 PSUAC) finishes their season with a PSUAC Championship, an USCAA Conference win and a 20+ win season.

Congratulations, Lions, on your hard-work and perseverance through the season.