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.