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UNC huh?

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

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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. I just hope something hits them in the head to not turnover the ball against Bucknell next week.
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Good way to erase the memories somewhat of Stony Brook

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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.
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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.
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It's close is Georgia.

69-61 GA tech on top of PSU

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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

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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.
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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

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

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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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