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SteelCityMan786
11-02-2006, 05:00 PM
College Basketball is on the way. Penn State's 2006-2007 Pre-Season Prediction Rose 7 Spots in the Big Ten. They're predicted 4th.

For Last Nights Pre-Season Game

http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=11103

11.1.2006
Men's Basketball Downs Edinboro 71-53 In First Exhibition Of Season
Pre-season All-Big Ten pick Geary Claxton suffers broken hand

University Park, Pa.; November 1, 2006 - Penn State got a win in its first action of the season, but also suffered a setback while downing Edinboro 71-53 in exhibition action Wednesday in the Bryce Jordan Center in front of 5,961 fans. While fourth year coach Ed DeChellis got a good look at many of his young players, pre-season Big Ten All-Conference selection Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) logged just nine minutes before injuring his right hand while finishing an offensive put-back for two of his five points. X-rays later revealed a broken bone in the junior forward's hand.

"He broke a bone (below) his pinkie finger," DeChellis said. "He'll be out for a few weeks, then it will be week to week. He'll be out at least two.

When asked if this posed a major hiccup in his team's early season development DeChellis responded, "I would think this is a major hiccup when you have a pre-season all-conference player out for the next two weeks. I think it's a little bit of a situation."

Sophomore Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio), the 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, led Penn State with 10 points in 18 minutes showing nice touch on his mid-range jumper while going five-of-11 from the floor. Junior Mike Walker (Lewisberry, Pa.) added nine points, four rebounds and four assists and sophomore Danny Morrissey (Pepper Pike, Ohio) chipped in eight points and two assists. Freshman David "D.J." Jackson (Farrell, Pa.) led Penn State with eight boards and added four points and sophomore Milos Bogetic (Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro) had seven rebounds and six points.

Fifteen players saw action for Penn State, 11 playing 10 minutes or more, and 12 scored, including three-pointers from five different players. Junior Brandon Hassell (Farmersville, Ohio), the only Lion not to see action, sat out the game with a bulging disc in his lower back. He is day to day and is expected to return to action possibly by Monday's exhibition game with Shippensburg.

"I thought our guards were okay," DeChellis said. "The young kids played with a little energy and fire. Having Danny back was good. He made a couple of shots in this type of atmosphere.

"I think they knocked the cobwebs off. We have to go back upstairs and figure out who is going to move into that spot (left by an injured Claxton). We can play three guards or go with little D.J., but he hasn't done that much, so far. It's hard for a freshman. Now, he has to learn something completely different."

Edinboro senior Daren Tielsch, who began his career at Penn State in 2001-02, led the Scots with 15 points and eight rebounds, while 6-9 forward Ryan McLemore logged eight points and 10 rebounds.

Penn State, which posted a 71-58 victory over Edinboro in an exhibition last season, took a 37-21 lead into the half on the NCAA Division II Scots who have won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship the last two years. The Nittany Lions got much of their offense from behind the arc early hitting four threes. Penn State went on a 13-2 run midway through the first 20 minutes. Morrissey nailed his first shot attempt since sitting out last season with a patella tendon tear, draining a three from the left wing. Walker followed with one of his own for a 21-6 Penn State lead.

After an Edinboro surge cut the lead to 12 at 42-30 with 14:17 to play in the second half, Penn State outscored the Scots 26-8 over the next 10 minutes to extend to a 30-point lead, 68-38 with 4:16 to play. A pair of buckets by 6-10 sophomore Joonas Suotamo (Espoo, Finland) got the run started. Another pair of back-to-back three-pointers by Morrissey and Walker and two threes from red-shirt freshman Maxwell Dubois (Hollywood, Fla.) kicked it into high gear.

It looked like the first outing for both teams shooting as Penn State shot 37 percent (25-67) and Edinboro managed just 31 percent (19-61) from the floor. But, the Nittany Lions took care of the ball chalking up 18 assists against just nine turnovers while picking up seven steals and causing 14 turnovers for the Scots. Penn State also won the battle of the boards 46-44, despite not having Claxton, the Big Ten's top returning rebounder, for most of the game.

Penn State returns to action Monday, Nov. 6 with an exhibition game vs. Shippensburg. That game is set for a 7:30 p.m. tip in the Bryce Jordan Center and can be heard live via webcast on GoPSUsports.com.

SteelCityMan786
11-02-2006, 05:37 PM
2006-2007 Penn State Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent H/A Tme/Scr
11/01/06 Edinboro H W 71-53
11/06/06 Shippensburg H 7:30 PM
11/10/06 Morehead State H 7:30 PM
11/13/06 UNC Greensboro H 7:30 PM
11/17/06 Stony Brook H 7:30 PM
11/21/06 Bucknell H 7:30 PM
11/25/06 St. Joe's H 4:00 PM
11/28/06 Georgia Tech A 8:00 PM
12/02/06 Morgan State H 4:00 PM
12/06/06 Hartford H 7:30 PM
12/09/06 Seton Hall A 1:00 PM
12/13/06 Long Island H 7:30 PM
12/16/06 Southeastern Louisiana H 4:00 PM
12/23/06 Maine H 12:00 PM
12/30/06 VMI H 4:00 PM
01/03/07 Northwestern H 7:00 PM
01/06/07 Purdue A 12:17 PM
01/13/07 Indiana H 12:17 PM
01/17/07 Michigan A 8:00 PM
01/20/07 Michigan State H 4:37 PM
01/24/07 Iowa A 8:00 PM
01/27/07 Minnesota A 12:17 PM
02/03/07 Purdue H 12:05 PM
02/07/07 Wisconsin H 8:00 PM
02/10/07 Northwestern A 2:31 PM
02/14/07 Ohio State H 7:00 PM
02/17/07 Wisconsin A 12:17 PM
02/21/07 Ohio State A 8:00 PM
02/24/07 Illinois H 2:00 PM
02/27/07 Iowa H More(Unsure when they'll actually play.)
02/28/07 Iowa H More
03/03/07 Indiana A 8:00 PM
03/08/07 Big Ten Tournament A 12:00 PM
03/09/07 Big Ten Tournament A 12:00 PM
03/10/07 Big Ten Tournament A 1:40 PM
03/11/07 Big Ten Tournament A 3:30 PM

Jeremy
11-03-2006, 05:22 PM
I can't get really fired up for Lion basketball until we start making some waves in recruiting.

SteelCityMan786
11-03-2006, 09:27 PM
I can with no problem. TIME FOR SOME NITTANY LION BASKETBALL. 1 week from Tonight.

Jeremy
11-04-2006, 11:10 PM
Maybe part of the problem is I've never been into PSU basketball. I basically stop paying attention to Penn State after football season and this year I'm done with football today.

Go Texas!! Hook Em Horns!!

SteelCityMan786
11-09-2006, 08:46 PM
The Offical season starts tomorrow, and the last game against Shippensburg was plain out EMBARRASSING.

Time to focus on morehead st. LET'S GO STATE!

Jeremy
11-17-2006, 08:54 AM
Couple of good wins and the women took out the Fighting Rudys last night too.

steelfan 92
11-17-2006, 12:09 PM
they should just fold up the baeketball progam, and use the money from that to start a midget tossing team to compete in the ncaa div 12, thats how good their team is.

Jeremy
11-17-2006, 12:53 PM
Very intelligent response.

Must be a Pitt fan.

steelfan 92
11-17-2006, 12:58 PM
carolina fan thanks, i love college b-ball but penn st men's program is awful. getting beat by a DII team is unacceptable.

Jeremy
11-17-2006, 01:01 PM
UNC huh?

I guess our win over UNC Greensboro didn't count huh.

:flap:

SteelCityMan786
11-18-2006, 03:38 PM
carolina fan thanks, i love college b-ball but penn st men's program is awful. getting beat by a DII team is unacceptable.

At least it's not in the regular season. But what is pitiful is when Penn State falters to Stony Brook. That just makes me sick. :banging: I just hope something hits them in the head to not turnover the ball against Bucknell next week.

SteelCityMan786
11-25-2006, 05:53 PM
Good way to erase the memories somewhat of Stony Brook

http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=11315

11.21.2006
Walker's Three Lifts Penn State Over Bucknell In Overtime, 63-60
Morrissey's 21 points lead four Nittany Lions in double-figures

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; November 21, 2006 - Junior Mike Walker's (Lewisberry, Pa.) three as time expired in overtime lifted Penn State (3-1) to a 63-60 victory over Bucknell (0-4) Tuesday in the 99th meeting between the two schools. Penn State won its 11th straight game over the Bison and improved to 75-24 in the series and 19-0 against Patriot League teams after pulling out the closest game between the two schools since an 88-83 Nittany Lion overtime victory in 1974.

"Mike is a guy that makes big shots and makes big plays at times," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "There wasn't anybody else. The ball reversed and got kicked out, and I felt very, very comfortable with him taking that shot. Once he is planted and he faces the basket, he is as good as anybody shooting the basketball. I am very, very proud of him."

Penn State had four players score in double figures on the night led by sophomore Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) who posted 21 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the three-point line and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Morrissey's 21 points were the second highest total of his career and most since posting 22 against Minnesota in his freshman season of 2004-05. Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) added 12 points and four boards and Walker finished with 10 points. Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) also posted 10 points, hitting key free throws down the stretch, and his four assists on the night moved him into eighth place all-time on the career assists chart with 351 passing Ron Brown (350).

"I would have been happier if (the score differential) would have been about 10 points, but you know we needed something good to happen," DeChellis said. "The kids made something good happen, which was very positive. We had a lead and then we squandered it. We didn't play the way we needed to. Give them some credit because they made some big shots. But, the important thing for us was to keep fighting and make some basketball plays."

Four players fouled out of the game, two on each side, as the teams combined to shoot 49 free throws and commit 46 fouls. Penn State won the battle at the line hitting 24-of-28 (85.7 percent), including key ones down the stretch and all four in overtime, while Bucknell was 15-of-21. The 24 made free throws were the most for Penn State since draining 27 against Lehigh in 2004. The Bison out-shot Penn State from the field hitting 20-of-49 (40.8 percent) to the Nittany Lions 15-of-39 (38.5).

Bucknell had four players in double-figures led by 6-8 Darren Mastropaolo with 12 and Jason Vegotsky with 12. Senior big-man Chris McNaughton and senior Donald Brown both found early foul trouble and eventually fouled out of the game. McNaughton finished with 11 points and three rebounds, while Brown posted eight points and eight boards.

Penn State had 6-11 Brandon Hassell (Farmersville, Ohio) and 6-10 Milos Bogetic (Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro) both foul out of the game while Cornley picked up his fourth with nearly 10 minutes to play in regulation.

Penn State took a 26-19 lead into the half after Bucknell got into early foul trouble and shot 0-of-8 from the three-point line and 31.8 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes. After Bucknell held the lead for the first seven minutes, Penn State took its first lead on a Cornley bucket and extended it to nine twice late in the period before a late Andrew Morrison tip in for Bucknell ended the half.

A pair of Morrissey threes got Penn State out of the gate quickly to start the second half as the Lions mounted a 13-point lead, 32-19, with 18:39 to play. Each time Bucknell cut it back to single digits Penn State answered with threes from Luber and Morrissey. A 7-0 Bucknell run capped by a Vegotsky three cut the margin to 39-35 with 11:34 to play, but another Morrissey three, a Bogetic bucket and a pair of free throws from Walker got the lead quickly back to double-digits at 46-35.

Penn State maintained a 10-point margin, 50-40, with 8:14 to play before Bucknell went on an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to take the lead, the Bisons first since a little under 13 minutes to play in the first half. Vegotsky had nine points in the run, including a pair of threes the last of which made the score 51-50 with 3:16 to play. There would be five more lead changes and six ties the rest of regulation and the overtime.

Walker sank a pair of free throws to put Penn State back up 52-51. Mastropaolo followed with a Bucknell bucket 40 seconds later. Another Bucknell foul sent Mooch Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) to the line and he drained both for a 54-53 Nittany Lion lead, but John Griffin promptly buried a three on the other end for a 56-54 Bucknell advantage with 1:25 to play.

Both teams missed shots on their next possessions, but Penn State got the ball to Cornley in the post late and he drew Brown's fifth foul with 10 seconds to play. Cornley, however, missed both free throws, the second bad enough that Luber could grab the rebound and draw a foul from Griffin along the baseline. Luber went to the line and calmly drained both free throws to tie the game with eight seconds to play. Bucknell had a chance for the win in regulation when Morrison got open off an inbounds play following a timeout, but missed the 12-foot jumper.

Bucknell took the early lead in overtime as Abe Badmus penetrated for a lay-up just under a minute into the extra five-minute period, but it would be their last field of the game. Cornley was fouled on the other end and hit both free throws to tie the game at 58-58.

Mastropaolo was fouled by Bogetic on the next possession and made one-of-two for a 59-58 Bucknell lead. Penn State turned it over on its next possession and then both teams missed three-point attempts as the clock ticked toward two minutes. Badmus then committed his sixth turnover on the night, one of 18 for the Bison, and then fouled Luber who made both free throws for a 60-59 Penn State lead with 1:38 to play.

Vegotsky missed a three on Bucknell's next possession, but Cornley could not convert on the block for Penn State on the other end and the Bison held the ball with under a minute to play. Penn State played good defense deep into the shot clock but had a kicked ball reset the shot clock to 15 seconds. The Bison widdled the shot clock down again before Badmus rebounded a missed Morrison jumper and was fouled by Bogetic. He made one of two to tie the game with 15 second to play.

Penn State brought the ball up looking for the final shot and worked the ball into the post to Mooch Jackson. Jackson spun and then kicked out to Walker who let fly from the right wing as the clock ticked to zero. As the ball broke the net, the horn sounded and the Penn State bench exploded.

The Nittany Lions return to action Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center as they face another intrastate showdown with St. Joseph's. The Hawks bring a 3-0 mark into the game after having defeated Bucknell 63-53 on Sunday.

SteelCityMan786
11-25-2006, 07:54 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=11327

11.25.2006
Morrissey's Late Threes, Claxton's Block Lift Penn State To 65-61 Win Over St. Joe's
Cornley posts third double-double of season as Lions improve to 4-1

University Park, Pa., Nov. 25, 2006 - The Penn State basketball team wrapped up a five-game home slate to begin the season with a thrilling come-from-behind 65-61 win over previously unbeaten St. Joseph's (3-1) Saturday in the Bryce Jordan Center. The win improved Penn State to 4-1 on the year, the Nittany Lions' best start since going 9-1 to start the 2000-01 season.

Penn State trailed by eight with 1:20 to play, but a pair of Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) three-pointers and eight-straight points from the sophomore in the final 50 seconds lifted Penn State to victory. Morrissey's last three, a bank shot from the top of the key, gave Penn State a 62-61 lead with 25 seconds to play. Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.), who played 19 minutes in his first game of the season since breaking his right hand in exhibition action Nov. 1, saved the victory rejecting an Ahmad Nivins' close range attempt with two seconds to play.

"Our kids made some plays and made a shot," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "We made some free throws and kept the ball from coming in bounds a couple of times. I'm giving our kids credit. We made some basketball plays when we had to. We didn't play great the second half. I think the lesson is whether you're up six or eight with a minute-and-a-half to go or you're down, you've got to keep fighting. I think our kids fought and never gave up and we ended up doing some good things."

Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) led Penn State on the night posting his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive) in 37 minutes of hard fought play. Morrissey posted his third-straight game with three or more threes and third-straight in double-figures scoring 15 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the arc. Brandon Hassell (Farmersville, Ohio) recorded a career-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and several dunks and added seven rebounds, three steals and strong first half defensive work on Nivins in a career-high 36 minutes. Claxton finished with six points and five rebounds.

"He covers up a lot of ground, he rebounds, he's athletic," DeChellis said of Claxton. "He was really rusty out there, but I think he causes some havoc on the defensive end and made a big play when we needed to have a play made. We're thrilled to have him back."

After a game of runs in the first half in which Penn State held as much as an eight point lead midway through but allowed St. Joe's to tie it three times in the final eight minutes, Penn State took a 31-28 lead into the half. Penn State shot a season-best 50 percent (13-26) from the floor in the first 20 minutes and held Nivins (St. Joe's leading scorer averaging 18.0 ppg) in check allowing the 6-9 forward just four points on 2-of-5 shooting thanks in large part to Hassell's defense.

St. Joe's came out with more energy in the second half and Nivins scored four of the Hawk's first six points as the visitors took a 34-31 lead two minutes in. A Cornley tip-in got Penn State on the board in the second half and a bucket from Milos Bogetic (Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro) and a dunk from Hassell off an in-bounds play (one of three dunks for the 6-11 forward on the night), returned the lead to Penn State, 37-36.

The teams battled within a few points of each other over the next five minutes with St. Joe's holding as much as a four-point lead. Another Hassell dunk, again off an in-bounds play, a Claxton free throw and a Cornley bucket sandwiched around a Nivins lay-up cut the St. Joe's lead to one at 45-44 with 10:04 to play. The Hawks then went on an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to put Penn State in serious trouble down 10, 56-46, with 5:07 to play.

"That's a problem," DeChellis said. "We just get to where we are lackadaisical with the ball and we're not sharp. Somehow I've got to take a look at that, because I don't think we had the same flow we had in the first half at all. We tried to run sets and tried to go to certain guys. We didn't get it to them and missed some stuff, had some fumbles. When we did get fouled we didn't make our free throws."

Nivins scored four points at the free throw line and Penn State made 1-of-3 from the floor, missed two free throws and committed two turnovers during the run capped by a pair of Pat Calathes free throws.

Claxton was fouled on a drive to the whole and made a pair of free throws and got a lay-up following a Cornley steal to cut the lead to six at 56-50. St. Joe's answered with a lay-up from D.J. Rivera off a pass from Calathes. Claxton again was fouled in the post and made 1-of-2 free throws and Cornley rebounded a missed Morrissey three and was fouled converting 1-of-2 to cut the lead back to six. A bucket by Rob Ferguson gave St. Joe's an eight-point lead, 60-52, with 1:20 to play and then Morrissey got going.

Penn State outscored St. Joe's 13-1 the rest of the way, with the sophomore posting eight straight points during a 25-second burst. Hassell started the run hitting a pair of free throws after being fouled by Ferguson. Claxton rebounded a missed front-end of a one-and-one by Rivera and then Morrissey was fouled on the other end by Jawan Carter and made both free throws. Morrissey sent Carter to the line on the other end and the freshman missed the front-end again for St. Joe's. Morrissey pump faked and then let fly from three on the other end nailing the trey to cut the lead to one at 60-59.

Mooch Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) fouled Nivins on the next possession and he made 1-of-2 at the line. Penn State ran Morrissey off a couple of screens on the other end and Ben Luber found the sophomore at the top of the key where he pulled up from 21 feet without hesitation and banked in the go-ahead three-pointer with 25 seconds to play.

St. Joe's took a timeout and set up a play for Nivins on the block. They got him the ball with just seconds remaining, but as he rose to shoot Claxton left his man and rejected Nivins' shot with his broken right hand. Jackson grabbed possession for Penn State and was fouled immediately by Nivins. Angered at the lack of a foul call on the play, coach Phil Martelli drew a technical on the St. Joe's bench and Luber went to the line hitting both free throws. Jackson made 1-of-2 following Luber to ice the game with Penn State leading 65-61 with just one tick of the clock to play.

Penn State will hit the road for the first time this season Tuesday as they head to Atlanta, Ga., to take on Georgia Tech at 8:00 p.m. in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. The game will be the Nittany Lions' first television appearance of the season and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Georgia Tech (5-1) entered the week ranked No. 19 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and defeated Purdue (79-61) and No. 11/12 Memphis (92-85) to reach the final of the EA Sports Maui Invitational where they fell 88-73 to No. 5/5 UCLA on Wednesday.

Penn State is 1-0 all-time vs. Georgia Tech, having beaten the Yellow Jackets 75-70 in a 1998 NIT game in Atlanta, and is 1-4 in five previous appearances in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

SteelCityMan786
11-28-2006, 08:53 PM
It's close is Georgia.

69-61 GA tech on top of PSU

LET'S GO STATE!

SteelCityMan786
12-09-2006, 12:40 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=11349

11.28.2006
Penn State Falls 77-73 To No. 21 Georgia Tech In Exciting ACC/Big Ten Challenge Game
Cornley leads Penn State with 20 points

# Box Score

Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 28, 2006 - Penn State (4-2) gave No. 21 Georgia Tech (6-1) all it could ask for in front of 9,191 fans in Alexander Coliseum, but 20 turnovers and some big Yellow Jacket threes thwarted a Nittany Lion upset bid as Georgia Tech prevailed 77-73 in an exciting ACC/Big Ten Challenge game Tuesday in Atlanta.

Penn State had four possessions in which it could have taken the lead or tied the game in the second half, but failed to convert on any. Still the Lions answered the bell after every Georgia Tech run and were within striking distance in the final minutes.

A Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) three cut the Yellow Jacket lead to four, 69-65, with 1:27 to play, but Anthony Morrow answered with a wild three from the left corner as the shot clock wound down for Georgia Tech. Another Luber three cut the lead again, 72-68, and Penn State fouled Javaris Crittenton who sank two free throws.

Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) drained a three on Penn State's next possession to agan cut the lead, 74-71. Penn State called timeout and fouled Crittenton again who made 1-of-2 for a 75-71 lead with 20 seconds to play. Penn State got a lay-up from David Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) on a Luber assist, one of nine for the senior on the night, to make the score 75-73 with 10 seconds to play. Penn State burned its last timeout before fouling Morrow who made both free throws with 8 seconds to play. Luber missed a last gasp three on the other end as the upset bid ended.

Sophomore Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) continued his terrific early season play for Penn State scoring a team-high 20 points and grabbing five rebounds playing all 40 minutes of a fast paced game. Geary Claxton, playing with a heavy bandage on his broken right hand, posted 12 points and six rebounds, while Jackson equaled a career-high with three, three-pointers and posted 11 points on the night. Morrissey contributed 10 points and a career-high seven assists and Luber added nine points for the Lions.

Penn State shot a season-best 57 percent (30-of-54) from the floor, tallied 22 assists and out-rebounded Georgia Tech 28-21, but couldn't overcome some key turnovers.

Lewis Clinch led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the three-point line, three in the first half, and Anthony Morrow posted 15 also hitting 4-of-8 from the arc. The Yellow Jackets made 10-of-24 threes on the night and turned 15 steals and 20 Penn State turnovers into 33 points, many of which came in the form of crowd fueling dunks.

Cornley scored 12 first half points on 6-of-8 shooting and Morrissey hit a three-pointer with seconds remaining in the first 20 minutes as Penn State trailed 37-34 after a well played first half. Penn State shot 60 percent from the floor (15-of-25) and had 13 assists on 15 baskets in the first half, while Georgia Tech hit 53.8 percent (14-of-26). The Yellow Jackets hit 6-of-14 three-pointers in the half.

Georgia Tech extended to as much as a 10-point lead, 30-20, with 6:46 to play in the half, but two straight Cornley buckets after a time out quickly cut the margin back to six and Penn State kept it close the rest of the way.

Two free throws from Morrissey cut the lead to 37-36 thirty seconds into the second half. Penn State had the ball with a chance for the lead when Crittenton stole it and dunked on the other end spurring and 8-2 Georgia Tech run.

Following a pair of buckets from Cornley and a sweet assist from Claxton that led to a Hassell dunk, Penn State again had the lead down to one, 53-52, and possession with a chance for the lead with 11 minutes to play. Claxton missed a floater and Cornley couldn't get the tip to go. Crittenton missed a three on the other end but Jeremis Smith pulled the rebound and scored.

Penn State got the margin down to two, 58-56, a minute later on a Cornley jumper and following a Smith miss had two possessions to tie or take the lead. Cornley missed a three on the first. Crittenton turned the ball over on the ensuing possession for Georgia Tech, but Penn State again failed to convert as Mario West stole the ball from Claxton and dunked on the other end.

The Yellow Jackets extended the lead to five before another Cornley jumper cut it to three and Penn State got the ball trailing 61-58 with under six minutes to play. This time Morrissey turned it over and Jackson fouled West driving for a lay-up on the other end. West converted 1-of-2 for a 62-58 lead. Tech pushed the lead to eight, 67-59, following a Crittenton bucket and Morrow three-pointer. Following a timeout Claxton scored for Penn State on a lob from Morrissey on an inbounds play, but Smith answered on the other end and Tech led 69-61 with 3:24 to play. Penn State would score the next four points, including a Luber three, to set up the final minutes.

Penn State returns to action Saturday when they take on Morgan State in the Bryce Jordan Center. That game is set for a 4:00 p.m. tip and will be broadcast live on ESPN360 (webcast). It can also be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network and at GoPSUsports.com. Penn State is 3-0 all-time against the Bears.

SteelCityMan786
12-09-2006, 12:41 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=11380

12.2.2006
Penn State Posts Season High Point Total As Nittany Lions Down Morgan State, 80-71
Cornley leads Penn State in scoring for fifth time on the season

# Game Photos
# Box Score
# Postgame Quotes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; December 2, 2006 ? Thirteen second-half points from junior Mike Walker (Lewisberry, Pa.) helped spur Penn State to as season high point total as the Nittany Lions downed Morgan State (0-6) 80-71 Saturday in the Bryce Jordan Center to improve to 5-2 on the year.

?I thought Mike Walker came off the bench and helped us win the game,? Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. ?That is positive. I thought we played well in a little spurt in the second half. We made some defensive plays and we were able to break it open. The first 20 minutes was like walking in mud.?

Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) led four Nittany Lions in double-figures with 18 points and seven rebounds as Penn State overcame a sluggish first half to score 47 second half points on 48 percent (14-29) shooting from the floor. Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.), starting his first game of the season since missing the first four with a broken hand, logged 15 points and eight rebounds playing the entire second half after sitting much of the first after picking up two early fouls. Brandon Hassell (Farmersville, Ohio) equaled a career high with 14 points and posted a career best nine rebounds.

Reggie Holmes led four Morgan State players in double-figures with 16 points and Joseph McLean added 15 with three three-pointers. The Bears shot 46 percent from the field, but were out-rebounded by Penn State 39-30.

Penn State played most of the second half without starting point-guard Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) who took an elbow to the chin from 6-9 Boubacar Coly and was knocked to the floor in the paint just three minutes into the half. Luber left the game with a bad headache and did not return. Walker provided the spark that broke open a close game hitting two of his three three-pointers in the second half on his way to a season high 16 points for the game.

?Ben goes out and with Danny being hurt, someone has got to step up and help us,? DeChellis said. ?Tonight it was Mike Walker coming off the bench. It is important to have somebody step up. That is how you win. If somebody you aren?t expecting, like Mike, can come off the bench and give you a great night, that is the difference between winning and losing.?

After an uninspired first half, Penn State came out with more energy in the second and pushed out to a five point lead following a pair of Cornley jumpers and a Claxton lay-up, but Morgan State came back with a 6-2 run to close to within one, 41-40, with 15:50 to play. The Bears kept things close over the next five minutes until Walker buried a 23-foot trey from the right wing to push the Penn State lead to eight, 52-44, with 10:46 to play.

Again, Morgan State came back using a lay-up from Coly and a three from Holmes to cut the margin back to three. The Bears got to within two with 8:01 to play as Coly converted a three-point play after being fouled by Milos Bogetic on a lay-up.

Penn State again began to build a margin, pushing first out to an eight-point lead on a Claxton lay-up off a feed from Hassell, one of a career high four assists on the night. Coly again answered with a jumper.

Walker drained another three on the next possession for a 64-54 lead with 5:14 to play. He would score eight of Penn State?s 13 points in a 13-5 Penn State run that pushed the lead to 14 over the next three minutes. Walker capped the run converting a three-point play along the baseline off a sweet Hassell dish that gave Penn State a 73-59 lead with 2:05 to play.

Morgan State cut the margin under 10 with 1:04 to play, but Penn State went 6-for-6 from the line in the final minute including two by Walker that put the finishing touches on Penn State?s scoring with 23 seconds to play.

?This team (Morgan State) could score, and with teams that can score they are very, very scary,? DeChellis said. ?With the win, we can move on, but we have to get better.?

Penn State led 33-30 at the half after struggling from the field in the first 20 minutes shooting 38 percent (12-of-31). Penn State started 1-of-7 from the field to start the half and Morgan State held as much as a six-point lead, 20-14, before Hassell went on a spurt that spurred a 19-10 Penn State run to close the half. Hassell scored nine of his 12 first half points in a four-minute span. The 6-11 junior converted three free throws and had three field goals during the spurt including a nice conversion while being fouled off a pump fake and a lay-up on a nice feed from Danny Morrissey, who played limited minutes with a sore neck.

McLean hit 3-of-4 three-pointers in the half, including one in the final minute that tied the score at 30-30. Morgan State shot 5-of-10 from the arc in the half. A late Morrissey three gave Penn State the halftime lead as Morgan State failed to convert on the last possession of the half.

Penn State returns to action Wednesday in the Bryce Jordan Center as they take on Hartford at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks are 3-3 on the year and have won their last three games, including a 64-49 victory Thursday over Long Island, a future Penn State opponent. That game can be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network and at GoPSUsports.com. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the ticket section of GoPSUsports.com or by calling the ticket office at 814-865-5555. Penn State men?s single game tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and youth (under 18).

SteelCityMan786
12-09-2006, 12:43 PM
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12.6.2006
Penn State Holds On For 56-55 Win Over Hartford
Claxton?s double-double helps Nittany Lions improve to 6-2

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# Box Score
# Postgame Quotes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; December 6, 2006 ? Penn State junior forward Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) willed the Nittany Lions to victory down the stretch and Hartford (3-4) missed two field goals and a pair of free throws that could have given the Hawks the lead in the final two minutes as the Nittany Lions held on for a 56-55 victory Wednesday night in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The win marked the 100th for the Nittany Lions in the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State began play in the building in 1996. It also propelled Penn State to 6-2 on the year, the best start in coach Ed DeChellis? four seasons and the quickest the Nittany Lions have reached six wins since going 6-1 to start the 2000-01 season.

?Geary Claxton is a winner,? DeChellis said. ?He said ?I am going to get an offensive rebound and stick it back and score, and we are not losing? Those are good basketball plays that a team hopefully makes and gives you an opportunity to win the game. I told the guys that I am proud of them. They made big plays to win the game. We dodged another bullet. We have got to grow up. We have got to learn from our mistakes. We did find a way to win by one point. We will try to build something positive out of that.

Claxton led Penn State with his 10th career double-double posting 16 points and 10 rebounds (eight offensive) in a season-high 31 minutes since returning from a broken hand. He shot just 4-of-13 from the floor but hit 7-of-10 free throws and one three. Claxton was the only Nittany Lion in double-figures as Penn State struggled from the field shooting 20-of-54 (37 percent), but dominated the glass in the second half and held a 40-29 rebounding advantage for the game, including 15 offensive boards.

Hartford had four players in double-figures despite shooting just slightly better hitting 22-of-56 (39 percent) for the game. Bo Tayler led the Hawks with 12 points and 6-5 forward Michael Turner posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. The Hawks used a full court press most of the game to help force 16 Nittany Lion turnovers and played a match-up 2-3 zone in the half court that frustrated Penn State.

Penn State opened up as much as a 10-point lead in a cleanly played first half in which the teams combined for just eight personal fouls. Hartford cut into the margin late scoring the last five points as the Nittany Lions led 30-26 after the first 20 minutes. Both teams fired from the three-point arc in the half with neither hitting much. Penn State made six threes taking 18 of their 30 field goal attempts in the half from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Hartford faired worse shooting just 3-of-15 (20 percent) from the three-point line as the teams combined for 33 three-point attempts in the half.

Penn State changed its approach in the second half, shooting just five threes, working the ball into the paint and getting to the free throw line.

?At halftime we had shot 18 threes,? DeChellis said. ?That is way too many at half. Let?s get the ball inside. And, we got out-rebounded. That is something that we can?t do. I thought we rebounded the ball very well the second half. Our emphasis at halftime was to get the ball inside and take it up strong and try to get it to the free throw line.?

Penn State again pushed the lead to double-digits midway through the half going on a 9-2 run over two minutes to take a 49-38 lead when Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Pa.) converted a lay-up in transition off a Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) pass.

However, Penn State would go scoreless for almost the next three minutes as the Hawks harassed them with the press and reeled off seven unanswered points on a pair of buckets from Jaret Von Rosenberg, one a three, and a jumper from Taylor.

?I thought we had decent energy, but we didn?t execute that well,? DeChellis said. ?We have lapses. You know, when you give teams the opportunity to come back at you and they make some shots, they start to feel good about themselves, and you get yourself in a little pickle.?

Claxton asserted himself converting on a drive to break the Penn State drought and put the Lions up 51-45 with 6:37 to play. But, Hartford responded with a bucket from Alex Zimnickas and, after a pair of Penn State turnovers and a missed three from Morrissey, Joe Zeglinski buried a three to cut the lead to 51-50 with 5:24 to play.

Claxton got to the free throw line and made one-of-two and then starters Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) and David Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) were both forced to leave the floor with just under five minutes to play after twisting their ankles on separate plays. Neither player returned.

Zeglinski tied the score for the Hawks on the next possession knotting things at 52-52. Claxton again took matters into his own hands and drove hard to the whole, missed the shot but battled for two put-backs getting the second to drop with 3:23 to play.

Von Rosenberg hit a three on the next Hartford possession and the Hawks led 55-54. Penn State answered breaking the press with a feed from Milos Bogetic (Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro) to Morrissey up the middle of the floor and the sophomore converted the lay-up for a 56-55 lead with 2:36 to play.

Neither team would score the rest of the way. Brandon Hassell (Farmersville, Ohio) played good defense on Zimnickas forcing a miss and grabbing the rebound. Penn State let the shot clock run down on the ensuing possession and Bogetic was forced to fire a desperation three. Hassell fouled Zeglinski on the next possession but the Hawk missed both free throws.

Luber missed a jumper for Penn State with 35 seconds to play on the other end and Bogetic grabbed the rebound but could not convert the put-back. Zimnickas grabbed the board and Hartford had the ball down one with 30 seconds to play. They ran the clock down to 12 and then called a timeout. Penn State played good defense and Zeglinski missed a three-point try with two seconds left to end the game.

Penn State will head to Seton Hall on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. match-up with the Pirates at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The game will be televised locally by FSN-Pittsburgh and can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network. It will be the first meeting between the schools since a 71-57 Penn State victory at Seton Hall in 1973. Penn State holds a 4-0 lead in the series. It will be the second road trip of the year for Penn State, which fell 77-73 at No. 21 Georgia Tech a week ago.

SteelCityMan786
12-09-2006, 02:08 PM
One thing Penn State Men's Basketball has in common with the Steelers in the early part of the year is they have a BALL CONTROL problem.

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12.9.2006
Men?s Basketball Falls to Seton Hall at Meadowlands
Geary Claxton scores career-high 29 points

# Box Score

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.; December 9, 2006 ? Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) scored a career-high 29 points and the Nittany Lions stormed out of the gate, but Seton Hall used a big second half comeback to win 69-59 at Continental Airlines Arena.

The Lions? defense forced the Pirates to turn over the ball on each of their first four possessions and the offense ripped off a 17-6 lead to open the game. Claxton scored 13 points on the run and contributed with jump shots, put-backs, good defense and rebounds at both ends of the floor.

Midway through the second half the Lions held their largest lead, 12 points, when Seton Hall put together a 14-2 run and tied the game, 48-48, with less than nine minutes to play. The Pirates then outscored Penn State 21-11 over the final eight minutes to secure the victory.

The cog in the Seton Hall comeback was sophomore Paul Gause, who scored nine points on three big three-pointers.

Claxton looked more comfortable playing without a brace or padding on his right hand for the first time - he had a season-high 17 points at halftime. Another banged up Lion, Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio), played through a sore ankle and pitched in 8 rebounds and 2 points. Cornely didn?t start, but did log 33 minutes.

The Lions return to University Park for home games against Long Island, Southeastern Louisiana, Maine and VMI before New Year?s Day, then open the Big Ten season at the Bryce Jordan Center against Northwestern on Jan. 3. The five game home stand begins on Wednesday at 7:30.

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12.13.2006
Men's Basketball Leaps Long Island 66-45
Claxton posts third straight double-double to lead Lions to victory

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# Post-game Quotes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; December 13, 2006 - Trailing at the half, Penn State charged out of the gate in the second 20 minutes going on a 20-4 run to open up a 15-point lead before going on to down Long Island (4-6) 66-45 Wednesday night in the Bryce Jordan Center. It marked the largest margin of victory for Penn State on the year.

Penn State improved to 7-3, the best start under fourth-year coach Ed DeChellis, despite playing without senior point-guard Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.). Luber sat with tendonitis his left ankle that began to cause him pain on Tuesday. Luber is the third Nittany Lion to miss a start with an injury this season joining Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) and Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio).

"We didn?t take tough shots in the second half," DeChellis said. "I thought we took really good shots. If you take good shots, it doesn?t lead to long rebounds. I thought we had good floor balance and good shot selection."

Penn State was led on the night by Claxton who posted his third-straight double-double and the 12th of his career with 21 points and 13 rebounds and was strong on the defensive end. Mooch Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.), playing the point in place of Luber, tied his season high with 12 points and locked down LIU leading scorer James Williams holding the senior guard to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting, nearly nine points below his 16.8 average. Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) and Brandon Hassell (Farmersville, Ohio) joined in double-figures with 10 apiece.

"(Mooch) played very well tonight," DeChellis said. "I thought he was under control, didn?t turn the ball over. He was very solid and we needed a solid performance out of him tonight. I thought he was very good defensively. He did a great job guarding Williams tonight."

Long Island was paced by Kellen Allen who scored 12 points. Aubin Scott added eight points and nine rebounds.

Penn State trailed 29-28 at the half after shooting a season-low 30 percent from the floor. The Nittany Lions had as much as a seven-point lead in the first 20 minutes, but Long Island shot 46 percent from the field in the half and used a late 11-3 run to take the lead to the locker room.

The Nittany Lions clamped down on defense in the second half and found their shooting touch holding LIU to just six field goals and 6-of-20 shooting (30 percent) in the second 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Penn State heated up shooting 56 percent (14-25) and owned the boards turning a stalemate at the half into a season-high 17-rebound edge on the glass, 39-22, for the game.

Hassell kick started the second half run picking a Cornley miss out of the air and slamming it home in the first 20 seconds. He would go on to post all of his 10 points and four rebounds in the half.

Six Nittany Lions scored in the run to start the half as Jackson, Cornley, Morrissey, Claxton and Mike Walker (Lewisberry, Pa.) all contributed. A Walker three and Claxton bucket in the lane capped the spurt giving Penn State a 48-33 lead with 11:23 to play.

LIU battled back and cut the margin to eight at 50-42 following a Williams three and a free throw from Scott.

Penn State scored the next 12 points over the following five minutes forcing four missed buckets by LIU and two turnovers to put the game away with a 62-42 lead with 2:05 to play.

"We?re making some strides," DeChellis said. "We haven?t played a game this year with everyone healthy and that?s a little frustrating. I thought our kids played pretty well second half. I thought they did the things they had to do to win the game. I think that?s a very good trait for a team."

The Nittany Lions started the game shooting from the arc making five of their first six field goals from the three-point line. Claxton sparked Penn State early hitting a pair of threes and converting on a three-point play. Back-to-back threes by Claxton and Walker opened an 18-13 lead with 10 minutes to play.

Claxton scored another pair of buckets, he would post 13 in the half, and Morrissey drained a three to give the Lions their biggest lead of the half at 25-18.

Long Island came back to score eight straight points to take a 26-25 lead with just under two minutes to play. A pair of buckets from Allen, one from Scott and a pair of free throws from Paska Morkeliunas fueled the run.

Penn State regained the lead at 28-26 after a free throw from Milos Bogetic (Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro) and a pair at the line from Jackson, who had eight in the half. Long Island had the last possession and missed on its first attempt but the ball bounced long and found its way to Scott who drained a three with a second left on the clock for the Blackbird halftime lead.

Penn State returns to action Saturday in the Bryce Jordan Center as they take on Southeast Louisiana at 4:00 p.m. The two teams have never met.

SteelCityMan786
01-06-2007, 11:51 AM
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12.16.2006
Nittany Lions Fall 69-66 At The Buzzer to Southeastern Louisiana
Four Lions in double figures; Penn State hosts Maine Dec. 23 at noon

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; December 16, 2006 ? The Penn State basketball team suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Southeastern Louisiana (7-4) Saturday in the Bryce Jordan Center as Daryl Cohen knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired to give SLU the 69-66 win. The loss dropped the Nittany Lions to 7-4 on the year as they head into a six-day break for finals week.

?The guy can play, he?s a good player and he made the shot,? Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis said. ?You don?t see many shots grazing the backboard from the corner and going in. You don?t see too many that way anymore. But, it did tonight and that?s kind of how the day went.

?Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, but throughout the game there were plays that we didn?t really make. We couldn?t guard him (Cohen) in time, got out rebounded. That was critical; we couldn?t contain the ball in time. We knew this was going to be a really hard game, because these guys can score. I thought our guys came out and worked hard in the second half and we should?ve won the game.?

Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) led four Nittany Lions in double figures with 18 points and seven rebounds. Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds and some stifling defense. Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) finished with 12 and Milos Bogetic (Podgorica, Montenegro) continued his strong play finishing with a season-high 12 points and six boards. Penn State played its second straight game without senior point-guard Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) who sat with tendonitis in his left ankle.

Cohen led SLU with 28 points, including 21 in the first 16 minutes, before Claxton switched over to take him man-to-man and held him to seven in the final 24 minutes. Cohen hit 7-of-10 from the three-point line on the night, five in the first half. Terry Bryant added 16, including several key buckets down the stretch.

Both teams shot well from the field with Penn State knocking down 55 percent (26-47) of it shots but a season-low 3-of-10 from three-point range. SLU hit 46 percent (27-58) overall and 47 percent (8-17) from the arc.

Having trailed for nearly the entire game, Penn State took its first lead since the 17:15 mark of the first half when Morrissey knocked down a 15-foot jumper on an up and under move and was fouled by Cohen with 48 seconds to play. Morrissey completed the three-point play at the line to give the Nittany Lions a 64-62 lead.

A Bryant foul-line jumper knotted the game at 64-64 seconds later. Penn State called a timeout with 28 seconds on the clock and set up their last shot attempt. Mooch Jackson dumped the ball into Cornley with 12 seconds to play. The 6-5 forward made a strong move in the paint and was fouled with 10 seconds on the clock. He stepped to the line and drained two free throws to give the Nittany Lions a 66-64 lead.

SLU had time for a shot of their own, and Bryant was fouled by Jackson on the other end while attempting a 16-foot jumper with .6 seconds to play. He made both free throws to even the game at 66-66.

Penn State called timeout and set up a last second play with Jackson in-bounding from the SLU baseline and attempting to throw the ball deep to Claxton. His pass went wide out of bounds and SLU took possession under their basket. On the inbounds play, Cohen streaked to the corner where he fielded the pass and sank the 3-pointer from the baseline as the buzzer sounded.

?We got excited and shot too early which game them an opportunity to do what they did, instead of taking the last shot or a leave a second or two, we went too early,? DeChellis said. ?Then we got what we wanted, got to the free throw line, and then we fouled the jump shooter. Which is really tough and we can?t do that. Then on the last second play we threw the ball out of bounds. We were trying to get the ball to the free throw line extended so Geary could make a play on the ball and possibly get fouled and go to the free throw line and get two shots. I?ve actually won two games with that.?

The Nittany Lions opened the second half with 9-3 run capped off by a Cornley lay-up, which cut a 32-26 SLU halftime lead to 39-35 with 15:37 to play. Penn State never trailed by more than eight points in the second half, but the Lions weren?t able to get within two of SLU until 6:33 to play despite shooting 71 percent (15-21) in the final 20 minutes. Every Penn State run was answered by SLU on the other end and the Nittany Lions squandered several chances to grab the momentum.

Penn State had no answer for Cohen in the first half 16 minutes as the 6-3 guard scored 21 of the Lions 32 points in the first half. Cohen made 5-of-7 threes in the half and 8-of-11 from the floor, including a stretch of 14-straight points over five minutes that helped SLU to a 10-point lead, 30-20, with 3:48 to play in the half.

Cohen hit four threes during the spurt, many from the 22-foot range. Penn State stayed close with a big half from Bogetic who hit a pair of threes and scored seven-straight during a stretch midway through the half. Bogetic ended the first 20 minutes with a team-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, 2-for-2 from the arc. Bogetic?s play made up for a tough scoring half from Claxton who went 0-for-5 from the floor and finished with two points. The Nittany Lions got just 10 points from the team?s top three scorers, Claxton, Cornley and Morrissey, in the first half.

Claxton made his presence felt on the defensive end as he switched to guarding Cohen with around four minutes to play in the half. Penn State finished the first 20 minutes on a 6-2 run with Claxton slowing down Cohen. Cornley finished in the lane and Mike Walker fed Brandon Hassell who was fouled while finishing a nice transition lay-up.

Bryant answered for SLU. Walker hit a nifty turn-around jumper from the free throw stripe to finish the scoring. Penn State had the last possession of the half and set up a play out of a timeout but couldn?t get a good shot. Hassell rebounded a desperate three from Morrissey but had his put-back attempt rejected.

The Nittany Lions will get a six-day break before returning to action Dec. 23 vs. Maine in the Bryce Jordan Center. That game is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. tip. Maine is 5-5 on the year and will not play again until the 23rd. The two teams have never met.

Season and single game tickets for all Penn State home games are available by calling the Penn State Athletic Ticket Office at 814-863-1000 or 800-833-5555. For groups of 10 or more, ticket discounts and preferred seating options are available by calling 814-863-6757.

SteelCityMan786
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12.23.2006
Men's Basketball Mauls Maine, 75-42
Claxton scores 21 in victory over Black Bears; Lions retun home vs. VMI on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m.

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David "Mooch" Jackson scored seven points, pulled down eight rebounds and notched four assists in the win.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; December 23, 2006 ? Penn State wrapped up its eighth win of the season early before heading off to celebrate the holidays. The Nittany Lions took a 16-point lead at the half and extended to 30 mid-way through the second period before going on to down Maine, 75-42, Saturday before a festive crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The 33-point win was Penn State?s largest of the year and improved the Nittany Lions to 8-4, equaling Penn State?s most regular season non-conference wins since entering the Big Ten. Penn State will wrap up its non-conference slate on Dec. 30 when the Lions take on VMI in the Jordan Center.

?We?ve got a long way to go,? Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. ?We?ve got a lot of work to do, but I think it gives the kids some confidence again and lets them go home with a good feeling and that?s important. We?ll come back here on the 27th and get back to work and try to get their attention.?

Penn State was led by Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) who recorded 21 points, his 11th career 20-point game and third this season, and added seven rebounds. Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) logged 13 points, hitting 3-of-4 from the three-point arc, and Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) netted 10 points and eight rebounds. Mooch Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) equaled a career-high with eight rebounds and added seven points, including two on a break-away dunk, four assists and three steals. Senior guard Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) returned to the starting line-up for the first time in two games but played just 18 minutes.

Maine dropped to 5-6 on the year. The Black Bears were led by Jon Sheets who scored 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

The Nittany Lions took a 35-19 lead into halftime as they shut down Maine?s offense. The Black Bears shot just 7-of-28 (25 percent) in both halves and committed 18 turnovers. The 16-point halftime edge marked Penn State most comfortable halftime margin of the year.

?We new what each guy could do and couldn?t do and we tried to exploit those weaknesses that they had,? Morrissey said. ?You know, pressuring a certain guy making him drive and laying off a certain guy who we knew couldn?t shoot the ball really well. So, coach did a good job of telling us what we needed to do.?

A Brandon Hassell (Farmersville, Ohio) dunk and a pair of free throws from Jackson quickly extended the lead to 20 in the first minute of the second half and Penn State cruised home from there as Maine continued to struggle mightily from the field and the Lions played with energy and emotion.

Penn State was very effective in transition all day scoring 17 fast break points and 19 off turnovers as they exploited Maine for easy shots. The Lions blew the game open when Jackson pushed the ball up the floor converting a three-point play with a tough lay-up and free throw after the foul. Mike Walker (Lewisberry, Pa.) fired a sweet pass to Milos Bogetic (Podgorica, Montenegro) for a transition lay-up on the next possession and then a Walker three moments later opened up a 25-point lead, 53-28.

Penn State sailed home from there pushing the margin over 30 with a Claxton bucket with 8:38 to play and to as much as 35 following a Clay Scovill (Lititz, Pa.) lay-up with 1:27 to play. The Lions went to their bench with six minutes left in the game getting several Lions some rare minutes on the floor. Eleven of the 13 Lions that played scored in the game and Penn State got 33 points off its bench.

?We wanted to get everyone in the game,? DeChellis said. ?We?ve had a lot of close tough games, it was nice to get a little breather and not have to worry about fouls, timeouts, the next play. It was nice to kind of sit there and watch the guys play and have some fun. Again, we didn?t get Andrew (Jones) in the game because he?s red-shirting and we didn?t get (Adam) Highberger in the game because he?s also redshirting. We think Adam will get better, so we think redshirting him is going to make him better.?

The only other player not to play was freshman David Jackson (Farrell, Pa.) who has been out since the third game of the season with a stress fracture in his left leg and is edging closer to becoming a medical red-shirt candidate.

Claxton and Morrissey led Penn State early scoring eight points apiece to tally16 of the Lions? first 22 points. Cornley turned it on late in the half scoring six of Penn State?s final eight knocking down a couple of nice jump hooks in the lane.

Both teams struggled shooting early with Penn State hitting 33 percent and Maine 15 percent after the first eight minutes, but Penn State got it going after that, shooting 46 percent for the game, and maintained a high defensive intensity playing a tough man-to-man and a 1-3-1 zone.

The Black Bears managed just two points in the first seven-and-a-half minutes of the game as Penn State took an early 10-2 lead.

A Morrissey three-pointer and two free throws from the sophomore sparked a Penn State run as the Lions opened a 22-10 lead with 9:13 to play in the first half.

Following a bucket from Maine?s Junior Bernal, the Lions went on another 11-0 run capped by back-to-back buckets from Cornley and a transition dunk off a steal from the 6-1 Jackson to grab a 33-12 lead. Penn State pushed the ball and got several easy baskets in transition while exploiting the middle of the Maine zone in the half court. Cornley ended the half with 10 and Claxton posted 11.

Penn State will close out 2006 with its final non-conference game of the season when the Nittany Lions take on VMI at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30, in the Bryce Jordan Center. The game will be webcast by ESPN360 and can be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network. Penn State is 2-1 all-time against VMI, which is averaging an NCAA leading 102 points per game this season.

Season and single game tickets for all Penn State home games are available by calling the Penn State Athletic Ticket Office at 814-863-1000 or 800-833-5555. For groups of 10 or more, ticket discounts and preferred seating options are available by calling 814-863-6757.

SteelCityMan786
01-06-2007, 11:53 AM
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12.30.2006
Nittany Lions Shatter School Scoring Mark In Out-Running VMI 129-111 Saturday
Claxton posts 1,000th career point, Penn State opens Big Ten play Wednesday vs. Northwestern
Geary Claxton had a career-high 31 points in the win over VMI.

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# Post-game Quotes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; December 30, 2006 - Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) led seven Penn State players in double figures, scoring his 1,000th career point in the process, and Penn State shattered the school record for points in a game as the Nittany Lions out-ran Virginia Military Institute for a 129-111 victory Saturday in the Bryce Jordan Center. The win improved Penn State to 9-4 on the year as the Lions set a record for most regular season non-conference home wins and equaled their best mark ever heading into Big Ten play.

?It?s a tremendous honor you know, he?s been very, very good for us,? Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said of Claxton joining the 1,000-point club. ?I?m very, very happy for him. He?s worked extremely hard. I like the way he got it. It was a nice alley-oop dunk from Mike (Walker), so it kind of put an exclaimation point on it.?

Penn State's 129 points easily surpassed the old record of 110 set by a Jesse Arnelle-led team in a 1954 victory over Colgate and marked the 19th 100-point game in PSU history. It also easily topped the previous BJC record of 105 set in a 105-103 victory over Siena in the 2000 NIT. The 240 combined points for both teams also set a school record, smashing the previous mark of 209 posted in a 121-88 loss to Duke in 1965. Duke?s output had been the previous high for any team in a game in which Penn State competed prior to Saturday.

Point totals weren?t the only records to fall Saturday as Penn State set a school mark for assists (36) and Jordan Center marks for rebounds (53) and field goals (45) and the Lions? 52 free throw attempts were just one shy of the school record of 53 set in 1991. Meanwhile, VMI, which entered the game averaging NCAA-bests of 101 points and 14.5 three-pointers per game, set Penn State opponent records making 19 threes and attempting 54 while posting the third highest point total by a Penn State opponent and the most ever in a losing effort.

Three Nittany Lions scored 20 or more points ? all three posting career-highs ? and seven Penn State players scored in double-figures. Claxton led the way with a career-high 31 points, the 69th 30-point game in Penn State history and the first since Marlon Smith posted 35 vs. Long Island in 2005. Claxton also added 11 rebounds for his 13th career double-double.

With 1:55 left to play, Claxton rammed home a nice alley-oop pass from Mike Walker, Penn State?s 12th dunk of the game, for his final points. The jam pushed his career scoring total to 1,001, making him the 27th player in Penn State history to reach 1,000 career points. With 491 career rebounds, Claxton stands on the cusp of becoming just the 15th PSU player to post 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for their career.

Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) also had a career high with 25 points and added eight boards while shooting 75 percent (12-16) from the floor in 32 very strong minutes of action. Brandon Hassell (Farmersville, Ohio) also reached a career high with 20 points, seven of which came on dunks, as he shot 9-of-11. Penn State recorded 48 fast break points and 76 points in the paint, most of which came on dunks, lay-ups and drives to the paint as the Lions mastered VMI?s 1-2-1-1 full-court press.

VMI entered the game averaging an NCAA-best 16 steals per game and causing an average of 30 turnovers per game. Penn State attacked their trapping defense as the Keydets got 11 steals and Penn State turned the ball over just 19 times in the fast paced, up and down game in which the teams combined for 159 shot attempts.

?Really, the kids did what we asked them to do,? DeChellis said. ?Attack the basket, get to the free-throw line, keep them off the glass, and take care of the ball. For the most part we took care of the ball. We had some silly turnovers that led to some baskets at one point in time, but for the most part, playing that kind of tempo for 40 minutes and having 19 (turnovers)? that was pretty good. I thought we did a good job of taking care of the basketball.?

Penn State shot a season-high 59 percent (45-76) from the floor including a sizzling 70 percent (26-37) in the second half and dominated the boards 53-34. The Lions shot 34-of-52 (65 percent) from the free throw line as the Keydets committed 37 personal fouls and Penn State spent most of the game in the double-bonus.

Mooch Jackson (13), Milos Bogetic (11), Danny Morrissey (10) and Mike Walker (10) also reached double-figures. Walker went 3-of-6 from the three-point line on the night, including two run boosters in the first half, to move into ninth place all-time on Penn State?s career chart for three-pointers made with 101.

VMI had six players in double-figures led by Reggie Williams with 28 and Chavis Holmes with 27. Williams, who entered the game fourth in the NCAA in scoring averaging 26 points per game, shot 9-of-20 from the field and 3-of-10 from three-point range. The Keydets began the game cold hitting 1-of-9 from the field and 0-of-6 from three against a swarming Penn State man-to-man defense. The Lions jumped out to a 17-3 lead five minutes into the game. VMI eventually warmed up and went 10-of-22 from the arc the rest of the half as they cut the lead to one on two occasions.

Penn State clung to a 33-32 lead with 8:31 to play in the half after a pair of free throws by Chavis Holmes, but went on a 20-6 run over the next four minutes to build a 15-point lead. Walker swatted a VMI three-point attempt out of bounds and then drained back-to-back threes to ignite the back half of the run that was capped by a Claxton dunk for a 53-38 PSU lead. VMI twice got the margin under 10 before PSU scored the last five points of the half and went to the locker room with a 62-48 lead. The 62-points marked the second most ever scored in a half in the Jordan Center behind 64 posted against Bucknell in 1998.

Penn State would set the mark in second stanza as the Lions scored 67 points in the final 20 minutes to stay ahead of VMI?s 63. Penn State maintained a double-digit lead for nearly 12 minutes of the half until a Williams three cut the Lion lead to eight at 92-84 with 8:18 to play. A Cornley dunk answered and then Holmes got a lay-up on the other end for VMI. A Hassell dunk answered this time and VMI again responded with a lay-up, this one from Fred Robinson who was fouled and made the free throw to cut the lead to seven at 96-89.

Penn State went on an 18-4 run over the next three minutes getting a Hassell dunk, four lay-ups and a three from Morrissey along the way. A Cornley jumper capped the run that gave PSU a 21-point lead, 114-93, with 3:48 to play. Penn State kept the margin over 17 the rest of the way. A Maxwell Dubois jumper with 34 seconds to play capped PSU?s scoring in the game.

Penn State will open its 15th season of Big Ten play on Wednesday against Northwestern in the Jordan Center. That game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip and will be televised by ESPNU.

SteelCityMan786
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1.2.2007
Geary Claxton Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Accolade follows career-high 31 points and fourth double-double of the season
Geary Claxton became the 27th Nittany Lion to score 1,000 points on their career Saturday vs. VMI


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 2, 2007 ? Penn State junior forward Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time on his career following his 31-point, 11-rebound performance in a 129-111 victory over VMI last Saturday.

With a slam on an alley-oop pass from Mike Walker with 1:55 remaining in the victory over VMI, Claxton became the 27th Nittany Lion to score 1,000 points on their career and the first to join the group since Gyasi Cline-Heard (1,058) in 2001. The jam was part of a career-high 31 points for Claxton on the night as he netted his Big Ten leading fourth double-double of the year and 13th of his career.

The Big Ten laurel was the second of his career as he was also honored on Nov. 15, 2004 ? also the last time a PSU player was honored as POW. It marks the fourth time a Penn State player has been so honored in coach Ed DeChellis? four seasons.

Penn State shattered a 52-year old school scoring record and a 41-year old Big Ten record for points in the victory over VMI in the Jordan Center. The point total smashed the previous PSU mark of 110 set vs. Colgate in 1954 and the Big Ten record of 128 scored by Michigan against Purdue in 1966. The 240 combined points obliterated the previous PSU mark of 209 set vs. Duke in 1965.

It was the Lions 19th 100-point game and first since a 105-103 victory over Siena in the 2000 NIT. Penn Stat was the fourth team to reach 100 points in the Big Ten this season. Penn State had a school record 36 assists, posted 12 dunks and shot 70 percent in the second half on its way to a BJC record 67-point half in the final 20 minutes. The Lions 45 field goals and 53 rebounds set BJC records and their 52 free throw attempts were just one off the school record. Penn State led 62-48 at halftime of the contest in which the teams combined to attempt 159 field goals.

Seven Penn State players scored in double-figures led by three scoring 20 points or more ? all career highs. Jamelle Cornley (25) and Brandon Hassell (20) joined Claxton with career highs and became the first trio to score 20 points in the same game since Joe Crispin (29), Dan Earl (22) and Calvin Booth (21) accomplished the feat in a 98-85 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 27, 1999.

Penn State opens Big Ten play Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Jordan Center vs. Northwestern. The game will be televised on ESPNU and can be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network. Penn State swept Northwestern in three games last season and owns a 19-11 lead in the series.

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1.3.2007
Nittany Lions Scorch Northwestern, 83-57, in Big Ten Opener
Morrissey posts career-high 24 points; Lions shoot 64 percent from the floor

# Box Score
# Penn State Post-Game Quotes
# Game Photos

Mooch Jackson scored 11 points and dished out five assists in the win.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 3, 2007 ? Still feeling frisky from a school record 129-point outing in their last game, Penn State (10-4; 1-0 Big Ten) scorched the nets against Northwestern (10-4; 0-1 Big Ten) in its Big Ten opener Wednesday in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions shot a season-high 64 percent (32-50) from the floor and ran away with an 83-57 victory.

The 26-point win, Penn State?s first in a Big Ten season opener since 2004, marked the Nittany Lions' largest victory margin in Big Ten play since downing Northwestern by 33 points (82-49) in 2000. It was Penn State?s highest point production in the Big Ten since scoring 87 in a losing effort vs. Ohio State (93-87) in 2001 and its first 80-point game in Big Ten play since an 81-68 win over Purdue in 2002. Penn State had its best shooting night since posting a 64.8 percent mark vs. Lock Haven in December of 2004 and it?s best outing in Big Ten play since shooting 68.0 percent vs. Northwestern in 1998 ? Penn State?s best ever mark in Big Ten play. This against a Northwestern team that entered the night leading the Big Ten allowing opponents just 53.6 points per game.

?We made perimeter shots and it opened things up,? Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. ?I thought we were pretty sharp offensively. Against the zones and match-ups it?s hard sometimes to get the ball inside, and I thought we were very, very sharp offensively.?

Penn State?s numbers sat at 69.6 percent for the game and 80.0 percent for the second half before DeChellis began pulling his starters and clearing his bench with just over three minutes to play in the game.

Sophomore Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) led the charge for Penn State, scoring a career-high 24 points and equaling a career-best with six threes on the night. Morrissey hit 6-of-9 from behind the arc, part of a sizzling 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) effort from the arc for Penn State on the night. Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) posted 15 points and six boards. Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) and Mooch Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) each added 11 with Jackson adding a team-best five assists.

?I thought we got very good guard play tonight,? DeChellis said. ?I thought Mooch, Ben, and Danny really handled the ball well. I think those guys had like 15 assists and maybe four turnovers. I thought that was very important.?

Penn State tallied 22 assists against a season-low 10 turnovers and out-rebounded Northwestern 32-18 while holding the Wildcats to 39.6 percent (19-48) shooting on the night. The Nittany Lions held the Wildcats leading scorer Kevin Coble (13.5 ppg) scoreless and neutralized Northwestern?s motion offense with an effective zone. Northwestern was led by sophomore Craig Moore who scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the three-point line.

?For the most part we have played Northwestern zone,? DeChellis said. ?I?m not chasing them around. I?m not guarding all that stuff man-to-man. I just refuse. So, We?re just going to play them zone and guard the guys who can shoot and the chips fall were they may.?

Penn State took a 36-24 lead into halftime after shooting 61.5 percent and getting a big first 20 minutes from Morrissey. Starting his 10th game of the season, the 6-3 guard shot 3-of-5 from the three-point line and had 13 points in the first stanza. Northwestern stayed close by shooting 7-of-15 from three, getting all but one of their eight first half field goals from behind the arc. Northwestern?s first five field goals of the game all came from three-point range and they didn?t record their first two-point bucket until 6:18 left in the half.

The Lions held a slim 13-12 lead midway through the half after a three from Northwestern?s Vince Scott. Penn State then went on a 17-5 run to take a 30-17 lead with 2:26 left in the half. The run was sparked by back-to-back threes from Ben Luber and Morrissey. Morrissey, who had 11 of Penn State?s first 21 points, had another three in the run, Mike Walker added a trey, Cornley had two buckets and Brandon Hassell one.

Hassell fed Claxton with a nice pass along the baseline and the 6-5 junior finished to give Penn State a 32-21 lead. Penn State scored the last four points of the half, getting a nice jumper from Jackson and a lay-up in the closing seconds from Morrissey after he picked a Northwestern player's pocket at the top of the key as the Wildcats looked to set up a final play.

Penn State expanded the lead to 21 (49-28) five minutes into the second half when Claxton threw down one of several dunks on the night off an assist from Jackson. The Lions outscored the Wildcats 8-1 over the next three minutes, getting threes from Jackson and Luber and a pair of Cornley free throws to take a 28-point lead (57-29) with 11:53 to play.

Claxton pulled a defensive rebound and kicked ahead to Jackson who drove for a nice lay-up that brought the Penn State bench to its feet and pushed the margin to 30 (73-43) with 6:15 to play. The Lions held as much as a 34-point lead (80-46) when Jackson scored another lay-up with 3:58 to play; DeChellis cleared his bench shortly after.

Penn State will head to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on Purdue Saturday in a 12:15 tip. Penn State swept the Boilermakers in two games last season posting a 69-60 win at Purdue and a 75-54 victory in the Jordan Center.

The game can be heard live on GoPSUsports.com and the Penn State Sports Network and will be televised by ESPN Regional (check local listings).

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1.5.2007
Basketball Radio Analyst Dick Jerardi Honored For Print Journalism
Earns Media Eclipse Award for coverage of Barbaro injury

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., January. 5, 2007 ? Penn State basketball radio analyst Dick Jerardi has been honored for his outstanding work as a sports writer at the Philadelphia Daily News. Jerardi, in his third season teaming with longtime play-by-play man Steve Jones to broadcast Nittany Lion basketball games, was named the Media Eclipse Award winner for writing in the news/commentary category for his horse racing coverage of Barbaro's injury in the Preakness and its aftermath.

The Eclipse Awards are the most prestigious in horse racing. They will be presented Jan. 22 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Jerardi was cited for articles headlined "A Nightmare, Right from the Start," and "Maybe Step," published on May 22, and "In Barbaro's Corral," published on May 24.

"I wanted to give the readers the experience of what it was like at those crisis moments at Pimlico and New Bolton through my eyes," said Jerardi, a Daily News sports writer since 1985. "I had never been in a situation quite like this one before. It was one of the biggest stories I've every covered, and of course, in those long hours of Barbaro's surgery at New Bolton, you didn't know the outcome. My editors gave me a lot of leeway and I appreciated it very much."

Jerardi also noted surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson: "He was brilliant in his ability to explain veterinary medicine in layman's terms on deadline. He explained things as someone who was both 'player' and 'coach.' "

The Eclipse Awards are presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form. Barbaro is a finalist for an Eclipse Award for 3-year-old male.

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1.5.2007
Men?s Basketball Heads To Purdue For First Big Ten Road Game Saturday
12:17 tip to be televised on WWCP, WLYH & WQMY in Pennsylvania

# Game Notes
# TV Clearances

University Park, Pa., Jan. 5, 2007 ? Coming off its first win in a Big Ten opener since 2004 and its highest scoring game in Big Ten play since 2001, Penn State (10-4; 1-0 Big Ten) will look to record the first road win by any team in the conference this season when it takes on Purdue (11-4; 0-1 Big Ten) in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday at 12:17 p.m.

ESPN Regional will televise the game that can be seen in Pennsylvania on WWCP (State College), WLYH (Harrisburg-Lancaster) & WQMY (Wilkes Barre-Scranton). It can also be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network. The radio broadcast will also be streamed live to www.GoPSUsports.com that will also feature a link to Gametracker. Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi will call the action.

Penn State scorched the nets shooting 64 percent from the floor and 59 percent from three-point range in racing by Northwestern 83-57 in its Big Ten opener. Sophomore Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) led the way with a career-high 24 points while tying a career-best six threes on nine attempts from the arc. Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) leads Penn State averaging 17.9 ppg and 8.3 rpg. Sophomore Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) posted his first career double-double in Penn State?s 69-60 win at Purdue last season recording 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Penn State swept Purdue in two games last year and will be looking for its first-ever three-game winning streak over the Boilermakers. Purdue is coming off a tough 65-59 loss at Minnesota in its Big Ten opener. The Boilermakers are led by 6-7 forward Carl Landry who ranks third in the Big Ten averaging 19.6 ppg and posts a team-high 6.9 rpg.

Penn State will return to the Bryce Jordan Center Saturday, Jan. 13, for a battle with Indiana scheduled for a 12:15 p.m. tip.

SteelCityMan786
01-20-2007, 10:39 AM
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1.19.2007
Men?s Basketball Takes On Michigan State Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center
NASCAR Day will feature racecars and speedway displays on concourse

# Game Notes
# Buy Tickets

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., January 19, 2007 ? With the Penn State student body resuming classes on Tuesday, the Penn State basketball team (10-7; 1-3 Big Ten) hopes to enjoy a full and raucous student section Saturday when it takes on Michigan State (15-4; 2-2 Big Ten) at 4:30 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.

It will be ?NASCAR Day? at the BJC and fans will be able to enjoy a pair of racecars and the Batmobile parked on the concourse as well as speedway displays from around the area. It will also be ?Jimmy John?s Day? at the game. If Penn State wins all fans in attendance will receive a coupon for a free Jimmy John?s sub with purchase of chips and a drink.

The game will be broadcast live by ESPN regional and can be seen on FSN-Pitt, WWCP, WLYH and WQMY in Pennsylvania. It can also be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network. The radio broadcast will also be streamed live to www.GoPSUsports.com that will also feature a link to Gametracker. Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi will call the action.

Penn State will look to end a current three-game losing streak and a seven-game skid to the Spartans. Junior Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) are two of four players to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding in the conference. Claxton ranks fifth in scoring (16.7 ppg) and first in rebounding (8.3 rpg), while Cornley is 10th in the scoring (13.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (7.4 rpg).

Michigan State is coming off a pair of Big Ten wins at home over Northwestern and Illinois and has had the week off prior to visiting Happy Valley. The Spartans are led by junior guard Drew Neitzel who ranks fourth in the Big Ten scoring 18.0 ppg. Penn State nearly upset the No. 11 ranked Spartans last year in East Lansing, Mich., before falling, 69-60.

Tickets to all Penn State home games are available by calling the Penn State Athletic Ticket Office at 814-865-5555 or 800-833-5533 or visiting GoPSUsports.com. For groups of 10 or more, ticket discounts and preferred seating options are available by calling 814-863-6757.

83-Steelers-43
01-20-2007, 10:43 AM
Good luck to you guys today. Pull out a "W".

SteelCityMan786
01-20-2007, 10:45 AM
Good luck to you guys today. Pull out a "W".

Thanks 83. Back at ya with Pitt tomorrow against Marquette. They're a bitch and a half from what I saw how they played against Wisconsin.

SteelCityMan786
01-20-2007, 07:55 PM
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1.20.2007
Nittany Lions Upended by Visiting Michigan State
Sophomore Jamelle Cornley scores 21 points

# Box Score

University Park, Pa.: January 20, 2007 ? The Michigan State Spartans downed the Penn State Nittany Lions 91-64 Saturday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center. Junior guard Drew Neitzel led the Spartans with 28 points while shooting 11-17 from the field.

Sophomore forward Jamelle Cornley finished with 21 points and six rebounds for the Nittany Lions. Junior guard Geary Claxton chipped in with 11 points and five assists.

Michigan State (16-4, 3-2 Big Ten) led 45-23 at the half. The Spartans shot 67.9 percent (36-53) from the field and 100 percent (13-13) from the foul line while the Nittany Lions finished shooting 34.6 percent (22-53) from the field.

Penn State (10-8, 1-4 Big Ten) looks to rebound at Iowa on Wednesday, January 24. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m.

SteelCityMan786
01-20-2007, 07:56 PM
This game was just a pitful effort all around. Enough Said.

Jeremy
01-21-2007, 09:16 AM
This game was just a pitful effort all around. Enough Said.

It all starts with their coach, who's out of his league in the Big Ten.

SteelCityMan786
01-21-2007, 10:38 AM
Not only that Jeremy, they gave him a 2 year extension I think earlier this year. Which I thought was TOO early. Should have waited to see what went down this year.

Jeremy
01-21-2007, 10:52 AM
It's sad, it really is. Penn State has become the laughingstock of college basketball in the state. Both their men's and women's teams trail far behind not only Pitt, but also teams like Temple and Bucknell.

SteelCityMan786
01-21-2007, 01:14 PM
Bucknell is down this year in Men's Basketball last I checked. Penn State beat them. Temple has been good for years as of late. I'm a fan of a team in their conference(George Washington). They've been problem some for years.

Jeremy
01-21-2007, 01:15 PM
They beat Bucknell by less than 5 points as I recall.

Bottom line is that Penn State basketball is a joke. They're not competative in either mens or womens bball. Pitt is the undisputed king of Keystone hoops and should be for years to come.

SteelCityMan786
01-21-2007, 01:17 PM
They beat Bucknell by less than 5 points as I recall.

Bottom line is that Penn State basketball is a joke. They're not competative in either mens or womens bball. Pitt is the undisputed king of Keystone hoops and should be for years to come.

I won't argue with Pitt being good. Penn State has a lot of work to do to get back to respectablity. The team made a good start last year, but the Men's team has fallen off like crazy in their last 4 games.

Jeremy
01-21-2007, 01:20 PM
The team made a good start last year, but the Men's team has fallen off like crazy in their last 4 games.

That's all on the coach. DeChillis is out of his league in the Big Ten. His teams don't hustle and they're never prepared. He lacks a quality point guard and has no clear sense of a rotation.

But as long as he doesn't cheat, the robots in the Athletic Office at Penn State won't fire him.

SteelCityMan786
01-21-2007, 01:32 PM
That's all on the coach. DeChillis is out of his league in the Big Ten. His teams don't hustle and they're never prepared. He lacks a quality point guard and has no clear sense of a rotation.

But as long as he doesn't cheat, the robots in the Athletic Office at Penn State won't fire him.

Well I guess they're considering what he has done at East Tennessee State. That's no where close to the Big Ten play. It's a conference that is 1,000,000 times more tougher then whatever conference ETSU plays in.

SteelCityMan786
02-07-2007, 09:01 PM
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1.24.2007
Penn State Falls At Iowa
Claxton and Cornley combine to score 36 points to lead the Lions

# Box Score

Iowa City, Iowa, Jan. 24, 2007 ? Penn State (10-9; 1-5 Big Ten) struggled shooting for the second-straight year at Iowa posting 35 percent from the floor and the Hawkeyes (11-9; 3-3 Big Ten) got 24 points out of Adam Haluska to take a 79-63 victory Wednesday in Iowa City.

Iowa pushed its home Big Ten win streak to 12 games, a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record, as it knocked off Penn State for the seventh straight time. The loss continued a five-game losing skid for the Nittany Lions, their longest in two seasons.

Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) led Penn State with 20 points and added seven boards while Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) posted his fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 boards. Milos Bogetic (Podgorica, Montenegro) played one of the best games of his career with 13 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes.

Penn State out-rebounded Iowa 44-32 and got 27 offensive rebounds, but converted those into just 20 second chance points and saw Iowa shoot 52 percent from the floor and 8-of-17 from three. The Lions struggled at the foul line hitting 15-25 and missed several second half opportunities to cut the lead at the line.

Penn State held the lead for much of the first half as the Nittany Lions zone slowed the Hawkeye attack and held Iowa scoreless for the first four minutes of the game. Penn State, however, also struggled early and held just a 3-0 lead going into the first media timeout. Both teams shot poorly in the half with Penn State going 9-of-29 for 31 percent and Iowa 10-of-26 for 38 percent.

Both teams began to warm up after that. A Haluska three broke the ice for Iowa at the 15:17 mark and the teams were tied 9-9 at the second media timeout at 11:52. Two early fouls on 6-11 Brandon Hassell sent him to the bench with 14:14 to play after five early rebounds.

Bogetic and Mike Walker then put together a string of three treys, two from Bogetic, as Penn State jumped ahead 15-9 and held a 19-14 lead at the eight-minute timeout. Bogetic would score eight in the half, going 2-for-2 from three.

Penn State pushed out to an eight point lead and clung to a slim lead into the final seconds of the half as Claxton did damage in the post, finishing with nine points in the half, and helped Penn State control the glass 22-17.

Penn State failed to score on its final possession of the half and Iowa had a chance for the last shot trailing 27-26. They missed, but tapped the ball back out to Tony Freeman. Freeman tossed an alley-oop to Haluska who converted with a reverse finger roll as the clock expired to give Iowa a 28-27 half time lead.

Penn State tied the game at 37-37 on a Danny Morrissey three with 15:20 to play, but Iowa used an 8-0 run to push to a 45-37 lead. They built the lead over 10, 57-46, on a Haluska three with 9:05 left and maintained a double-digit margin the rest of the way, pushing the lead to as many as 18, 75-57, with 2:59 to play.

Penn State continues a two-game road swing Saturday when it takes on Minnesota in Williams Arena. That game is scheduled for a 12:37 p.m. (ET) tip and will be televised by ESPN Regional. It can also be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network and at GoPSUsports.com. Minnesota leads the all-time series 20-7. Penn State has not won in Minneapolis since 2001.

SteelCityMan786
02-07-2007, 09:12 PM
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1.27.2007
Men's Basketball Falls At Minnesota, 65-60
Claxton leads Lions with 20 points and 12 boards

# Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Jan. 27, 2007 ? Penn State (10-10; 1-6 Big Ten) got a double-double from Geary Claxton, his fifth of the year, and won the rebounding battle, 35-31, but shot 35 percent from the field for the second straight game and fell, 65-60, at Minnesota (8-13; 2-5 Big Ten) Saturday.

The Golden Gophers got 19 points from Lawerence McKenzie, who hit five of their 10 threes, and shot 47 percent from the field to end a five-game losing streak and improve to 13-1 vs. Penn State in Minneapolis.

Penn State dropped its sixth straight game. Claxton scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jamelle Cornley added 14 points and six rebounds and Danny Morrissey 10 points for the Lions.

Penn State trailed 35-33 at the half after Minnesota got 13 first half points and three three-pointers from McKenzie. The Lions held a slim lead for most of the half as they played a solid man-to-man defense for most of the first 20 minutes before switching back to their customary 2-3 zoen. Penn State got balanced scoring, led by nine points from David Jackson. Cornley posted eight, Claxton seven and five boards and Morrissey seven as both teams shot well from the floor in the opening minutes.

Minnesota finished shooting 50 percent in the half while Penn State cooled to 44 percent, but held a 16-12 advantage on the boards.

Penn State pushed its lead to as many as eight, 29-21, with 7:20 to play in the half, but suffered through a six minute scoring drought in the closing minutes as Minnesota closed the gap and eventually took the lead.

Minnesota made a late run which started when McKenzie picked Ben Luber?s pocket and took the ball to the other end where Luber fouled him as he went for the lay-up. McKenzie made both free throws and then dropped a three-pointer with 25 seconds left for the final margin at the half.

Minnesota went on an 11-3 run to open the second half and take a 10-point lead, 46-36. Penn State responded with an 8-0 run capped by a Claxton bucket to pull within two at 46-44. A Milos Bogetic three got Penn State within one, 51-50, with nine minutes to play, but Penn State missed several chances to take the lead and both teams went scoreless for nearly three minutes before Dan Coleman broke the drought for Minnesota.

Penn State again got within one on a Bogetic hook, but a McKenzie three boosted Minnesota to a 56-52 lead. Penn State got within three twice again, the last time on a Cornley bucket with 1:58 to play, but could get no closer as Minnesota hit free throws down the stretch.

Penn State shot just 27 percent in the second half hitting 8-of-29 from the field.

Penn State gets its second Big Ten bye of the season Wednesday before returning to the Bryce Jordan Center for a two-game home stand that begins Sat., Feb. 3 with a 12:00 p.m. tip-off against Purdue. The game will be televised by ESPN Regional and can be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network. Purdue won the first meeting this season 64-60 in West Lafayette and owns a 17-9 series lead after snapping a two-game Nittany Lion win streak. Penn State posted a 74-54 victory over the Boilermakers last year in the Jordan Center.

SteelCityMan786
02-07-2007, 09:15 PM
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1.30.2007
Men?s Basketball vs. Iowa Set for Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU
Game will mark team's fifth appearance on ESPN national network this season

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.; January 30, 2007 ? The Penn State men?s basketball team?s last Big Ten home game of the season vs. Iowa has been set for Wed., Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU. The game date and start time had previously been held awaiting ESPN?s wildcard selections for the end of February.

The game with Iowa will mark Penn State?s third appearance on ESPNU and its fifth on one of ESPN?s national networks this season. Penn State will also appear twice on ESPN in February when it takes on Ohio State (Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m.) and Illinois (Feb. 24) in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Illinois game, a Saturday tip at 2:00 p.m., will serve as ?Senior Day? for the Nittany Lions. Senior guards Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) and David Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) will be honored.

Penn State begins a two-game home stand this Saturday in the Jordan Center as it takes on Purdue in a 12:00 p.m. tip televised by ESPN Regional. The game can be seen in Pennsylvania on WWCP (Fox 8), WLYH and WQMY. Saturday will be ?Alumni Day? for the Nittany Lions with over 30 former players expected to be in attendance. Fans in attendance will receive a Geary Claxton bobblehead while supplies last and halftime will feature the performance of ?Bounce.?

Tickets to all Penn State games are available by calling the Penn State Athletic Ticket Office at 814-865-5555 or 800-833-5533 or visiting GoPSUsports.com. For groups of 10 or more, ticket discounts and preferred seating options are available by calling 814-863-6757.

SteelCityMan786
02-07-2007, 09:15 PM
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2.3.2007
Nittany Lions Fall to Purdue, 69-59
Claxton leads Lions with sixth double-double of the year
Ben Luber had two steals toearn a tie 10th all-time on the PSU career steals chart.

# Box Score
# Post-Game Quotes
# Game Photos

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA., Feb. 3, 2007 ? Penn State (10-11; 1-7 Big Ten) dropped its seventh-straight game Saturday as Purdue?s Carl Landry posted 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the Boilermakers (15-8; 4-5 Big Ten) to a 69-59 victory in front of 9,151 fans in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) paced the Nittany Lions with 14 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) added a season-high 14 points, five assists and two steals which tied him for 10th all-time on the PSU career steals chart while Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) notched 13 points and three boards.

David Teague added 12, Chris Lutz 11 and Chris Kramer 10 and four steals for Purdue.

?I thought our guys were ready to play,? Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. ?I thought we had really good focus in practice the last couple of days. We tried to get our guards more active and they were more active ? got some steals. We just didn?t hammer the guy inside (Landry) at all and we worked pretty hard on that for two days. We just gave him too many easy baskets.?

Purdue shot 52 percent (24-46) from the floor and won the rebounding battle 28-23 while Penn State committed 18 turnovers, its most in Big Ten play this season, and shot 42 percent (19-45). The Nittany Lions played a more aggressive zone defense that produced a season-high 10 steals and 20 points off turnovers, but shot 33 percent (4-12) from three, including 0-of-3 from leading three-point shooter Danny Morrissey who was shut out from the arc for the first time in 29 games. Penn State?s guards contributed heavily in the first 10 minutes of the game playing with energy after a week off. Luber scored Penn State?s first seven points of the half converting a pair of lay-ups and a three-pointer. He would finish with nine in the half. The Lions got solid perimeter defense, including six early steals, some nifty passing and 11 of their first 19 points from the guards.

The teams played within a close margin in the half with 10 lead changes and five ties and neither team holding more than a four-point lead until the final two minutes. Penn State was hot early shooting 56 percent over the first nine minutes to take as much as a four-point lead, 17-13, on a Cornley field goal with 9:24 to play.

However, Penn State cooled off as the half wore on, eventually shooting just 38 percent (8-21) for the first 20 minutes, and Purdue used the strong play of Landry to rest control. The 6-9 forward had 16 points in the half, consistently getting deep post position against the Penn State 2-3 zone, and helped the Boilermakers to a 19-8 advantage on the boards.

The close shots helped Purdue shoot 50 percent (12-24) in the half. With Penn State up 21-20 following a pair of Cornley free throws with 5:21 to play, Purdue went on a 10-4 run over the final five minutes to take a 30-25 lead into the locker room. Landry had two buckets and Chris Kramer had a three-pointer during the spurt. Penn State had just one field goal over the final five minutes and got just three points and one rebound from Claxton who played 11 first half minutes.

?He (Claxton) was really tired yesterday and then he got two fouls,? DeChellis said. ?We were thinking about going back to him but we were only down five at the half, and I thought we could overcome that and he had some rest. We just thought we could hang in there and be okay. It turns out in the second half there was a critical time when we were down six and they end up getting a five point play?really critical for us.?

Penn State used an early 6-2 run to close to 32-31 on a Claxton put-back with 15:26 to play in the second half and again got within one, 35-34, on a Luber three with 13:50 to play, but Purdue went on an 7-0 run over the next 45 seconds. The run started with a Landry lay-up. Luber then turned the ball over on the other end and Marcus Green took it down for a dunk for Purdue. Milos Bogetic was called for a push while running down the floor away from the play and Purdue got the ball back. Teague promptly buried a three to give the Boilermakers a 42-34 lead.

Purdue kept the lead above six the rest of the way eventually pushing it to 10, 56-46, with 7:26 to play after back-to-back threes from Lutz.

Penn State cut it back to six, 58-52, with 4:48 to play following a pair of Claxton free throws and had a chance to cut the margin lower, but Kramer stole the ball from Cornley and drew an intentional foul call on Luber on the other end. Kramer made both free throws and Landry got a dunk in the ensuing possession and the lead was back to 10, 62-52, with 3:25 to play.

Penn State never threatened again as Purdue made 7-of-8 at the line down the stretch.

Penn State returns to action in the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday when they take on No. 2 ranked Wisconsin in an 8:00 p.m. tip. The game will be televised by ESPN Regional and broadcast on the Penn State Sports Network.

SteelCityMan786
02-13-2007, 10:38 PM
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2.10.2007
Nittany Lions' Rally Falls Short At Northwestern, 53-51
Claxton?s scores 16 points to lead Penn State

# Gametracker

EVANSTON, ILL, Feb. 10, 2007 ? Penn State (10-13; 1-9 Big Ten) made a strong second half rally and got a big game from Mike Walker but couldn?t overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and fell, 53-51, at Northwestern (12-12; 2-9 Big Ten) Saturday.

Penn State again struggled from the field shooting 39 percent (18-46) as it fell for the ninth-straight time on the season. Geary Claxton led Penn State with 16 points and eight rebounds while Mike Walker came of the bench to hit 3-of-6 threes and score 12 points.

Kevin Coble led Northwestern with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Tim Doyle recorded 15 despite sitting much of the second half with foul trouble.

Northwestern took as much as a 14-point lead early in the second half, but struggled when Doyle picked up his fourth personal foul with 14:49 to play. Penn State held the Wildcats to 29 percent shooting and just 16 points in the half. Penn State out-scored Northwestern 15-6 while Doyle sat on the bench using a 10-3 run to cut the lead to 46-39 with 7:50 to play and an 8-0 run capped by a Danny Morrissey three to get within two, 49-47, with 3:34 to play.

Penn State cut the lead to one on two occasions under three minutes. A Jamelle Cornley free throw made it 49-48, but Northwestern?s Craig Moore tossed in a desperation three from 30 feet in Northwestern?s next possession as the shot clock ran down. Walker answered immediately with a three for Penn State to cut the lead back to one, 52-51.

Penn State had a possession to take the lead with under 30 seconds to play, but turned the ball over as Morrissey attempted to inbound to Claxton. Morrissey fouled Jeff Ryan who made one of two for Northwestern and the Wildcats led 53-51 with 21 seconds to play.

Penn State had a chance to tie, but Claxton?s spinning shot from six feet crept off the rim and the Wildcats secured the rebound for the victory.

Penn State trailed 37-27 at the half after suffering through a six-minute scoreless period midway through the first half. The Lions took an 11-10 lead on a Claxton bucket at the 15-minute mark, but saw Northwestern go on a 10-0 run over the next six minutes and take a 20-11 lead on a Doyle bucket. Claxton finally ended the scoreless drought with a transition runner off the glass with 9:00 minutes to play, but the damage was done and Penn State was forced to play from behind against a Northwestern team that takes care of the ball and prefers long, deliberate offensive possessions.

Claxton had 12 in the half as he broke out of a recent slump to shoot the ball well, but the rest of the Lions struggled from the field and Cornley, who led the Lions with 20 in the last outing vs. Wisconsin, was held scoreless by a Wildcat defense that collapsed around him. He would finish with six for the game.

Penn State tried to rally with back-to-back threes from Walker and Morrissey, but Northwestern answered with a three from Jason Orkzesik and a pair of buckets from Coble.

Coble had 12 and Doyle 11 in the half for Northwestern, which shot 60 percent from the field. The Wildcats opened their lead to as many as 12 following a Coble three, one of two in the half, at the 1:10 mark.

Penn State returns to action in the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday when they take on No. 3 ranked Ohio State in a 7:00 p.m. tip on ESPN. The game will be Penn State?s second in a four-of-five game stretch vs. top five ranked teams.

SteelCityMan786
02-13-2007, 10:39 PM
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2.13.2007
Men?s Basketball Takes On No. 2 Ohio State Wednesday In The Jordan Center
ESPN to air 7:00 p.m. tip-off; ?Quick Change? to perform at halftime

# Game Notes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; February 13, 2007 ? The Penn State basketball team (10-13; 1-9 Big Ten) will begin the toughest three-game stretch ever faced by a Big Ten team Wednesday when they take on No. 2 Ohio State (22-3; 10-1 Big Ten) at 7:00 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center. The game will air live on ESPN.

Penn State?s next three games on the schedule are against Ohio State and Wisconsin, teams currently ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls. No Big Ten team has ever played such a stretch of games against top three ranked opponents and, according to Stats, Inc., no team in the NCAA has done it for at least the last 10 years (their available period of data).

The game can be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network. The radio broadcast will also be streamed live to www.GoPSUsports.com that will also feature a link to Gametracker. Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi will call the action. Fan favorite ?Quick Change? will perform at halftime.

Penn State is coming off a 53-51 loss at Northwestern on Saturday and is in the midst of a nine-game losing skid. Junior Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) led Penn State with 16 points and eight rebounds at Northwestern while junior Mike Walker (Lewisberry, Pa.) posted 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the three-point line.

Claxton and sophomore Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) are two of just four players to rank in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding in the Big Ten this season. Cornley has led the Lions in scoring in each of his three games against his hometown Buckeyes and is averaging 17.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg vs. Ohio State.

The Buckeyes moved up to the No. 2 ranking this week after winning their ninth-straight game with a 63-56 victory over Purdue. Ohio State has three freshmen among its top four scorers, led by Greg Oden?s 15.3 ppg and 9.4 rpg. The 7-1 Oden also leads the Big Ten averaging 3.8 blocks per game. Fellow freshman Mike Conley, Jr. was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 18.5 ppg and 5.0 apg per game in two outings last week. Conley leads the Big Ten in assists.

Tickets to all Penn State games are available by calling the Penn State Athletic Ticket Office at 814-865-5555 or 800-833-5533 or visiting GoPSUsports.com. For groups of 10 or more, ticket discounts and preferred seating options are available by calling 814-863-6757.

SteelCityMan786
02-17-2007, 12:46 PM
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2.14.2007
Nittany Lions Have Last Shot To Beat No. 2 Ohio State Before Falling, 64-62
Claxton?s eighth double-double of season leads Penn State

Mike Walker had several key scores in the Lions' thrilling near-comeback from a 40-19 halftime deficit against No 2 Ohio State.

# Box Score
# Postgame Quotes
# Game Photos

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. Feb. 14, 2007 ? It was a tale of two halves in snowy ?Happy Valley? Wednesday as No. 2 ranked Ohio State (23-3; 11-1 Big Ten) survived a furious comeback and a last second three-point attempt to down Penn State (10-14; 1-10 Big Ten), 64-62, in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Nittany Lions dropped their 10th-straight game on the season but not before putting a scare into the Big Ten leading Buckeyes, the first of three-straight top-three ranked opponents Penn State will face in the most difficult three-game stretch in Big Ten history.

?Hopefully we can build on this,? Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. ?I told them, I?m proud of them. They played hard. They played to win. We were just going out there in the second half to make plays and win the game?

Penn State was led by Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) who posted his eighth double-double on the year with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Columbus native Jamelle Cornley added 14 points and five rebounds playing all 40 minutes for the sixth time this season. Freshman Greg Oden led Ohio State with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Buckeyes also had three guards in double-figures as Ron Lewis posted 12 and Jamar Butler and Daequan Cook 11 apiece against the Nittany Lion zone.

A pair of Claxton free throws chopped a 21-point Ohio State halftime lead to two with 11 seconds to play as the Nittany Lions out-scored the Buckeyes 43-24 in the final 20 minutes. After Lewis missed the front end of a one-and-one the Nittany Lions had the ball with a chance to win with 10 seconds on the clock. Penn State fed the ball to Claxton on the block. He drew the defense and kicked out to an open Mike Walker (Lewisberry, Pa.) at the top of the key. The junior, who hit a similar game-winner this season over Bucknell, had his 21-footer sail just long and carom off the back iron.

?If you told me at the start of the game that we would get a wide open three to beat Ohio State, I think I would take it,? DeChellis said. ?Mike Walker is a great shooter, and I cannot think of anyone else at that time of the game that I would rather shoot the basketball. He was feeling good and was in rhythm. It was a good shot.?

The teams swapped halves being able to make shots from the perimeter as Ohio State shot 7-of-14 (50%) from three in the first half to take a 40-19 halftime lead over a Penn State team that made just 3-of-13 (23%) from the arc and managed a season-low 19 points.

The tide turned in the second 20 minutes as Penn State mounted a furious rally by hitting 7-of-12 (58%) from the arc while the Buckeyes went as cold as the weather outside making just 2-of-11 (18%).

?That is the best 10-14 basketball team I have ever seen, with the players they have,? Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. ?We said that going in. He (Ed DeChellis) is a phenomenal coach and a phenomenal person and I think he does a great job.?

Penn State jumped out to an early 10-6 lead in front of an excited student section that was granted free admission after snow engulfed the area and the University closed due to a storm that dumped nearly 12 inches on the University Park campus. A pair of three-pointers by Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) and Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) and a two handed dunk from Claxton had the home fans screaming.

However, Ohio State quickly silenced the crowd going on a 16-0 run to take a 22-10 lead and outscored Penn State 34-9 the rest of the half. Penn State equaled its worst shooting half of the season posting 27.6 percent (8-29) from the floor.

Oden, Butler and Cook all scored nine for the Buckeyes with Butler making a pair from three and Cook 3-of-5 from the arc in the half.

A pair of threes from Cook triggered the 16-0 run in which Oden also scored four points. The 7-1 center barely got a touch through the first 10 minutes, but a dunk off an offensive rebound got him going and he scored all nine of his first half points in the final 11 minutes of the half in which Ohio State held as much as a 25-point lead.

Penn State quickly established it wouldn?t lay down in the second half as Claxton buried a three, one of his career-high tying three on the night, and Cornley scored in the lane to cut the lead to 16.

Ohio State responded with seven straight points, including a three from Butler, to build a 47-24 lead. Claxton scored Penn State?s next five, hitting another three, and the Lions trailed, 52-29, with 14:30 to play.

The Nittany Lions then went on a 14-4 run over the next three minutes to slice the lead to 13 points, 56-43, with 11:12 to play. Cornley scored four to start the run and back-to-back threes from David Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Claxton capped it.

Ohio State went cold from the perimeter missing its last eight three-point attempts of the game while Penn State made five of its last seven.

Buckets by Oden and Ivan Harris rebuilt the Ohio State lead to 60-43, but Penn State would out-score the Buckeyes 19-4 the rest of the way as it nearly pulled off the upset.

A Walker three at the 5:33 mark cut the lead under 10, 60-52, for the first time since 9:37 to play in the first half. Jackson hit another trey three minutes later to cut the lead to six, 61-55. Penn State got it to four, 61-57, after a Cornley bucket following four Ohio State misses on the other end.

Mike Conley hit a jump shot to push the lead back to six, but Walker buried another three for Penn State and the Lions trailed, 63-60, with 51 seconds to play. Penn State fouled Butler on the next possession and he made one-of-two free throws. Walker made a nice pass to Claxton on the other end and Oden fouled him sending him to the line where he made two and set up the tense final 10 seconds.

Penn State will hit the road to take on No. 3 Wisconsin Saturday in a 12:15 p.m. (ET) in Madison, Wisc. The game will be broadcast by ESPN Regional and can be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network.

SteelCityMan786
02-17-2007, 12:46 PM
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2.16.2007
Men?s Basketball Travels To No. 3 Wisconsin For Clash Saturday In Madison
12:17 p.m. (ET) tip to air in Pennsylvania on FSN-Pitt, WWCP (Fox 8), WLYH & WQMY

# Game Notes
# TV Clearances

University Park, Pa., Feb. 16, 2007 ? The Penn State basketball team (10-14; 1-10 Big Ten) will look for its first road win of the season as it continues the toughest three-game stretch ever faced by a Big Ten team by traveling to No. 3 Wisconsin (25-2; 11-1 Big Ten) for a 12:17 p.m. (ET) tip Saturday.

Penn State is in the midst of three-straight games against Ohio State and Wisconsin, teams currently ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls. No Big Ten team has ever played such a stretch of games against top three ranked opponents and, according to Stats, Inc., no team in the NCAA has done it for at least the last 10 years (their available period of data).

The game will be broadcast by ESPN Regional and can be seen in Pennsylvania on FSN-Pittsburgh, WWCP (Fox 8), WLYH and WQMY. It can also be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network. The radio broadcast will also be streamed live to www.GoPSUsports.com that will also feature a link to Gametracker. Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi will call the action.

Penn State nearly upset No. 2 Ohio State on Wednesday using a strong second half to outscore the Buckeyes 43-24 in the final 20 minutes before falling 64-62. Junior Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) posted his Big Ten leading eighth double-double of the season leading Penn State with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nittany Lions faced Wisconsin 10 days ago in State College playing within five points of the Badgers for the first 30 minutes and trailing by just one with 13 minutes to play before falling 71-58. Sophomore Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) led the Lions in that game scoring 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting.

The Big Ten leading Badgers are coming off a 75-62 win at Minnesota in which Player of the Year candidate Alando Tucker scored 29 points. Tucker ranks second in the Big Ten averaging 20.3 ppg and scored 24, including eight-straight in the second half, in the first outing of the year against Penn State. Senior guard Kammron Taylor also averages 13.0 ppg for the Badgers who have won 20 consecutive home games.

SteelCityMan786
02-20-2007, 04:39 PM
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2.20.2007
Men?s Basketball To Take On No. 1 Ohio State Wednesday In Columbus
Lions nearly pulled off upset of Buckeyes last week in Jordan Center

# Game Notes
# TV Clearances

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA., Feb. 20, 2007 ? The Penn State basketball team (10-15; 1-11 Big Ten) will complete a stretch of games vs. the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 ranked teams in the country in its last five outings when it takes on No. 1 Ohio State (24-3; 12-1 Big Ten) at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday in Columbus.

Penn State?s recent stretch of three-straight games vs. top three ranked opponents is a first for a Big Ten school and, according to Stats, Inc., no team in the NCAA has done it for at least the last 10 years (their available period of data).

Wednesday?s game will be televised by ESPN Regional and can be seen in Pennsylvania on FSN-Pittsburgh and WQMY. The game can also be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network. The radio broadcast will also be streamed live to www.GoPSUsports.com that will also feature a link to Gametracker. Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi will call the action.

Penn State, coming off a 75-49 loss at No. 3 Wisconsin on Saturday, took the Buckeyes to the wire last week in the Jordan Center before Mike Walker?s (Lewisberry, Pa.) attempt at a game winning three-pointer sailed just long and Ohio State prevailed, 64-62. Junior Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) led Penn State with 19 points and 10 rebounds in that game while sophomore Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio) posted his fourth double-digit outing vs. his hometown team with 14 points. Cornley has led the Lions in scoring in three of his four games against the Buckeyes and is averaging 16.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg vs. Ohio State.

The Buckeyes moved up to the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll this week and remained No. 2 in the Associated Press poll after posting their 11th-straight game with an 85-67 victory at Minnesota. Ohio State has three freshmen among its top four scorers, led by Greg Oden?s 15.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg. The 7-1 Oden also leads the Big Ten averaging 3.5 blocks per game. Fellow freshman Mike Conley, Jr. leads the Big Ten in assists (6.4 apg) and posts 10.1 ppg. Oden led the Buckeyes with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the last meeting.

Penn State will return to the Jordan Center on Saturday as it takes on Illinois at 2:00 p.m. in a nationally televised ESPN game. Saturday will also be ?Senior Day? for the Nittany Lions as senior guard Ben Luber and Mooch Jackson will be honored. Penn State will wrap up its 2006-07 home schedule the following Wednesday, Feb. 28, when it takes on Iowa at 7:00 p.m. in a nationally televised ESPNU game.

Tickets to all Penn State games are available by calling the Penn State Athletic Ticket Office at 814-865-5555 or 800-833-5533 or visiting GoPSUsports.com. For groups of 10 or more, ticket discounts and preferred seating options are available by calling 814-863-6757.

SteelCityMan786
02-21-2007, 08:22 PM
32-31 PENN STATE! COME ON! LET'S GO LIONS.

SteelCityMan786
02-21-2007, 08:44 PM
48-45 Ohio State. COME ON LIONS!

SteelCityMan786
02-21-2007, 08:49 PM
Apparently they don't give a darn anymore. Get youir heads out of your butts guys. This game is still winable.

SteelCityMan786
02-21-2007, 08:54 PM
It's obvious to me, they don't care. It's 56-48 with 2:31.

SteelCityMan786
02-21-2007, 08:59 PM
62-56. LET'S FINISH OFF THIS COMEBACK!

SteelCityMan786
02-21-2007, 09:07 PM
68-60. This hurts AGAIN. LORD GIVE ME A SIGN WHEN PENN STATE WILL WIN AGAIN.

SteelCityMan786
02-22-2007, 09:29 PM
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2.21.2007
Penn State Gives No. 1 Ohio State Another Scare Before Falling, 68-60
Claxton posts 15 points and Jackson a season-high 14 for Lions

# Box Score

Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 21, 2007 ? Penn State (10-16; 1-12 Big Ten) completed a stretch of games vs. the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 ranked teams in the country in five games by giving No. 1 Ohio State (25-3; 13-1 Big Ten) a second scare in a week before falling, 68-60, Wednesday in Columbus.

David Jackson?s season-high 14 points, 12 in the second half, helped give Penn State a three-point lead, 43-40, with nine minutes to play, but Ohio State used a 16-5 run to take a 56-48 lead with 3:38 to play and went on to victory behind 15 second half points from senior Jamar Butler.

Bulter led the Buckeyes with 18 points in the game, hitting three big second half threes, and Greg Oden added 17 points and 14 rebounds. Geary Claxton chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds and Danny Morrissey 11 points for the Nittany Lions who dropped their 12th-straight game on the year. It was the 12th-straight win for Ohio State and its 24th-straight at home.

Ohio State shot 42 percent for the game and just 5-of-18 from three against the Penn State zone, while Penn State hit 40 percent and 9-of-26 from three.

The Buckeyes moved to No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll on Monday and remained No. 2 in the Associated Press poll. Penn State nearly upset Ohio State a week ago before dropping a 64-62 decision in the Bryce Jordan Center.

It was the Nittany Lions second meeting with a No. 1 ranked Ohio State team in Columbus, they fell 92-49 to the John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas led Buckeyes in 1962, and 10th meeting with a No. 1 ranked team overall. Penn State is 0-10 in those meetings, but has taken two to overtime.

Penn State?s recent stretch of three-straight games vs. top three ranked opponents is a first for a Big Ten school and, according to Stats, Inc., no team in the NCAA has done it for at least the last 10 years.

Both teams struggled shooting the ball through the first 12 minutes of the game and Penn State suffered a five minute scoring drought as Ohio State held a 12-9 lead at the 7:52 media timeout. Penn State would finish shooting 32 percent and Ohio State 36 percent for the half, but the Lions made 5-of--14 three-pointers to the Buckeyes 1-of-8 to take a 27-24 lead at the half.

A Jamelle Cornley jumper finally broke the scoring drought for Penn State at the 7:19 mark and then the Lions went on a tear from the three-point arc draining four threes in three minutes to surge to an eight-point lead, 25-17, with 3:00 to play in the half.

A Danny Morrissey three from the right wing began the three-point spurt and gave Penn State its first lead at 16-15. Mike Walker followed seconds later with a three from the left side and Penn State led 19-15. A pair of Oden free throws got Ohio State back in the scoring column, but then Milos Bogetic drained back-to-back threes within 41 seconds to culminate a 16-5 Penn State run and spur an Ohio State timeout.

The Buckeyes regrouped getting an alley-oop dunk from Ron Lewis and a pair of free throws from Mike Conley to cut the Lion lead late as Penn State went to the locker room up three.

Penn State will return to the Jordan Center on Saturday as it takes on Illinois at 2:00 p.m in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Saturday will also be ?Senior Day? for the Nittany Lions as senior guard Ben Luber and Mooch Jackson will be honored. Penn State will wrap up its 2006-07 home schedule the following Wednesday, Feb. 28, when it takes on Iowa at 7:00 p.m. in a nationally televised ESPNU game.

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SteelCityMan786
02-25-2007, 05:30 PM
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2.24.2007
Penn State Falls To Hot Illinois, 68-50, Saturday In The Jordan Center
Walker?s 14 points and six assists lead the Lions

# Box Score
# Post-game Quotes

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. Feb. 24, 2007 ? Senior Day was rough from the beginning for Penn State (10-17; 1-13 Big Ten) Saturday in the Bryce Jordan Center as hot shooting Illinois (21-9; 9-6 Big Ten) posted a 68-50 victory in front of 12,034 fans, the second largest crowd of the season. Senior Nittany Lion guard Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) started but played just seconds before being removed due to a sprained wrist suffered Wednesday at Ohio State and Illinois hit six of its first seven shot to jump to an 11-2 lead and never looked back.

Mike Walker (Lewisberry, Pa.), playing the point in Luber?s place, led the Nittany Lions with 14 points on a season-high 4-of-6 shooting from the three-point line and added a team-high six assists. Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) added 12 points and three rebounds for the Penn State, which dropped their 13th-straight game. Penn State honored Luber, who had his left wrist put in a cast after the game and may miss the remainder of his Penn State career, and senior guard David Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) before the game.

?Our seniors have been great ambassadors for our program,? Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. ?They?ve been great kids ?no problems ? and that?s very, very positive. We want to look at wins and losses, I know that?s very, very important in how we?re judged, but also they?re both going to graduate and they will both be successful in whatever they decide they want to do. I just want them to know they?re always part of our family ? our basketball family ? and they?ll always be part of our program. I want them to enjoy some success when we turn this thing around. I want all of our players to be part of that.?

Illinois, which has won six of its last seven, dominated the paint Saturday with 6-9 Warren Carter and 6-10 Shaun Pruitt. Pruitt posted a game-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Carter had 17 on 7-of-10 as the pair combined to shoot 75 percent from the floor contributing to Illinois? 56 percent shooting for the game. Illinois also dominated the glass 33-22 and recorded 12 offensive rebounds.

Chester Frazier, who had missed his last six three-point attempts in the three previous games, hit a three to open the scoring and set the tone from the beginning as the Illini shot 67 percent in the first half and ran out to a 13-point halftime lead, 40-27.

?We?re worn down,? DeChellis said of Penn State?s recent stretch of games against top five ranked opponents. ?I was very proud of our effort after the Ohio State game, and I told the guys it didn?t seem like we had any bounce to our step (today) and I don?t understand that. We basically had Thursday off and practiced pretty well yesterday, which was positive, and I was excited about having a good practice yesterday. We had good energy this morning in shoot around. Then we come out today, and I just felt like we didn?t have any energy or zip whatsoever. ?

An 11-2 start, capped by an alley-oop dunk from Brian Randle, and a subsequent 9-0 run, capped by a three from Calvin Brock, gave the Illini a 23-7 lead 10 minutes into the game. The Illini?s hot shooting against the Penn State zone forced a switch to man-to-man defense by the Nittany Lions.

Penn State rallied going on a 12-4 run, getting a pair of three from Danny Morrissey to cut the lead to 29-19 with 5:37 in the half. Illinois got easy buckets from Randle and Pruitt to stave off a bigger run and the Illini led by double-digits the rest of the way. Illinois ended the scoring in the half with a three from Carter, who went 2-of-3 from the arc in the first 20 minutes.

Penn State attempted to rally in the second half sparking the crowd with a nice alley-oop dunk by Claxton from Walker. Illinois answered by scoring its next eight points on dunks, two from Pruitt and one each from Carter and Randle. When Trent Meacham buried a three with 11:15 to play it capped a 9-0 run and gave the Illini their biggest lead of the game at 53-32.

Penn State never threatened again as the margin stayed above 13 points the rest of the way.

Penn State will wrap up its 2006-07 home schedule Wednesday, Feb. 28, when it takes on Iowa at 7:00 p.m. in a nationally televised ESPNU game.

Suitanim
02-26-2007, 06:13 PM
Hey, I watched that PSU/OSU game, and I was impressed with the Lions spunk. They were clearly outmatched, and the Bucks took the second half off, but PSU was really close to knocking off the #1 team in the Country, and that is nothing to scoff at.

SteelCityMan786
03-08-2007, 06:46 PM
Definantly not Suit. This team is a great team. It's just that the pieces haven't fallen in there place to FINISH games.

SteelCityMan786
03-08-2007, 07:09 PM
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2.28.2007
Penn State Downs Iowa, 74-72, Behind Cornley?s 20 Points and 13 Rebounds
Four Nittany Lions score in double-figures in terrific team effort

# Game Photes
# Box Score
# Post-game Quotes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Feb. 28, 2007 ? Penn State (11-17; 2-13 Big Ten) got a terrific team effort and shot 56 percent from three to down Iowa (16-13; 8-7 Big Ten), 74-72, Wednesday night in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State had four players score in double-figures for the first time in 12 games, equaled a season-high 10 threes and shot its best percentage from three since a close loss at Purdue on Jan. 6 to end a 13-game skid. The Lions closed out their 19-game home slate with an 11-8 mark in the Jordan Center.

?I?m just happy for our guys,? Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. ?They really worked hard, they stayed together, they?ve stayed positive and we haven?t splintered. You know, we?ve had our chances and things haven?t gone particularly well. I think we?ve been really resilient all year, and I?m very, very proud of them.?

A determined Jamelle Cornley (Columbus, Ohio), playing with a very painful hip pointer, willed the Lions to victory posting his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points and career-high tying marks of 13 rebounds and four assists.

?He (Cornley) just had a great performance tonight with 13 rebounds, 20 points, and four assists,? DeChellis said. ?I thought everybody really played well ? played with a lot of heart. I thought Geary (Claxton) really did a great job in the first half carrying us, got some big rebounds and kept the ball out of Haluska?s hands at the end of the game. Mike Walker made big shots. Mooch did a great job shooting the ball in the first half, had seven rebounds and he always comes in and makes his free-throws. It was a great team effort.?

Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) scored 18 and helped the Lions establish the lead early. Mike Walker (Lewisberry, Pa.), making his first start of the year at point-guard in place of injured Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.), posted a career-high tying 17 points and tied a career best with five threes on eight attempts. Senior Mooch Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.), playing his last game in the Jordan Center, scored 12 points, all in the first half, and added seven rebounds.

Adam Haluska led Iowa scoring 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting and added eight boards. Freshman Tyler Smith chipped in 14 and Tony Freeman had 11.

Penn State had to hold its breadth in the waning seconds as Mike Henderson?s 21-foot three rattled out as time expired. Henderson was forced to take the desperation attempt at a game winner after Claxton locked up Haluska and denied the Big Ten?s leading scorer the ball.

Penn State held a 33-30 lead at the half after jumping out to a quick 11-0 margin in the first five minutes. Iowa missed its first five shots and committed five turnovers in the opening minutes. Penn State got a pair of threes from Jackson and one from Claxton. The Lions starting five of Claxton, Jackson, Hassell, Walker and Cornley played virtually the entire first half.

Jackson led Penn State with 12 points and five rebounds in the half as he equaled his career high making three treys on four attempts. Claxton, who had 11 in the half, was 2-of-2 from three as the Lions shot 6-of-10 as a team from long range in the first 20 minutes.

Henderson broke the ice for Iowa at the 15:31 mark and the Hawkeyes out-scored Penn State 20-11 over the next nine minutes to cut the lead to two, 22-20, with 6:46 to play. Smith led the charge for Iowa scoring nine points in the half while Haluska had eight.

A Jackson three put the Lions up, 25-20. After a pair of Haluska free throws, Penn State used an 8-2 run, getting three Jackson free throws and a 23-foot trey from Mike Walker, to take a 33-24 lead.

Iowa answered scoring the last six points of the half, capping the late run with a steal and a dunk from Haluska.

The Hawkeyes turned to the three-pointer in the second half to change their fortunes hitting 8-of-21 in the half. They shot just 29 percent (9-of-31) from the arc for the game. Iowa scored the first five points of the half and took the lead, 35-33, on a Tony Freeman three. That triggered a run of 18-straight points from behind the arc for Iowa over a seven-minute span. The Hawkeyes held a 51-50 lead after Haluska completed a four-point play after being fouled while draining a 22-footer.

Walker answered the Iowa barrage, making three treys of his own over the first nine minutes of the half. Penn State retook the lead, 53-51, on a three-point play from Claxton, but Iowa used an 8-2 run to take a 59-55 lead with 8:03 to play. A Claxton jumper and free throw cut the lead to one, 59-58, but Haluska answered with a three.

Cornley then asserted his will getting a dunk on a run-out off an attempted Iowa alley-oop that caromed long off the rim to start a string of eight straight points for the 6-5 junior.

Haluska was fouled behind the arc and made three free throws to give Iowa its biggest lead of the game, 65-60, with 6:33 to play.

Cornley scored and then got a steal on the other end and took the ball coast-to-coast finishing with a lay-up to cut the lead to 65-64. Haluska answered with a driving lay-up of his own. Cornley rebounded a Jackson miss and put the ball in to again cut the lead to one.

Seth Gorney missed a three for Iowa. Jackson rebounded for Penn State, drove the ball down the floor and fed Walker who buried a three to regain the lead for the Lions, 69-67, with 3:26 to play.

A Haluska tip-in tied the game at 69, but Penn State scored the next five points at the free throw line getting two from Walker, two from Joonas Suotamo and one from Cornley to take a 74-69 lead with 59 seconds to play.

Haluska buried another three to cut the lead to 74-72 seconds later. Penn State ran the shot clock down on its next possession, but turned it over when Jackson was called for traveling in the lane as he tried to create a shot. Iowa took control with 22 seconds to play, but the Lions defense stifled Haluska and left Henderson to take the last second three.

Penn State will close out the 2006-07 regular season Saturday at Indiana. The game is scheduled for a 8:00 p.m. tip and will be broadcast live by ESPN Regional.

SteelCityMan786
03-08-2007, 07:18 PM
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3.3.2007
Claxton Pours in 25, but Nittany Lions Fall at Indiana
Nittany Lions play Thursday at 5 p.m. in Big Ten Tournament

* Box Score

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana connected on nine 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 17 to tie a school record and completed its first perfect home season in 13 years with a 94-63 rout of Penn State on Saturday.

The victory gave the Hoosiers (20-9, 10-6) a No. 3 seed in next week's Big Ten tournament and their first 20-win regular season since Bob Knight left in 2000. Indiana couldn't have scripted a better home finale to impress the NCAA tournament selection committee.

Rod Wilmont finished with 21 in his final home game, connecting on four 3s. A.J. Ratliff came off the bench to score 18 points, making his first six 3s, and Earl Calloway added 15 points including three 3s.

Geary Claxton led the Nittany Lions (11-18, 2-14) with 25 points, but Penn State wasted his incredibly efficient first half. Claxton scored 17 points in the first 20 minutes, making 7-of-13 shots from the field while grabbing four rebounds.

Penn State dropped to 0-14 all-time in Bloomington and finished the regular-season with 14 losses in 15 games.

This one came courtesy of Indiana's unbelievable shooting.

The Hoosiers shot 64 percent from the field in the first half and used runs of 11-2 and 10-2 to build a 43-31 halftime lead.

It continued in the second half. When Wilmont hit Indiana's 15th 3-pointer with 4:53 left, it gave the Hoosiers a 78-52 lead and a new season-best. Indiana's previous high was 14 -- also against Penn State. Lance Stemler's 3 in the closing seconds tied the school record set against Illinois in 2002.