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Old 03-08-2007, 08:09 PM   #61
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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

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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.

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Claxton Pours in 25, but Nittany Lions Fall at Indiana
Nittany Lions play Thursday at 5 p.m. in Big Ten Tournament

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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.

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