PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

PSU Holds off Army In Second Half, Wins 78-70

For the early part of the season, Penn State had terrible shooting woes. In their previous eight games, the Nittany Lions had only broken the 40% barrier once (in the 82-57 loss at La Salle). This afternoon was different as Penn State shot 51% from the field and 37% beyond the arc in a 78-70 victory over Army (4-4). Penn State now moves to 5-4 on the season with the win.

D.J. Newbill was the leading scorer for Penn State with 19 on 7-15 shooting. Ross Travis had a double-double, contributing 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both Jermaine Marshall and freshman Brandon Taylor also had stellar games, scoring 16 and 14, respectively.

Three minutes into the game, Penn State had a 7-2 lead thanks to 5 quick points from Ross Travis. They built on the lead for the remainder of the half and went to the locker room ahead 40-28.

The second half was a different story, however, as Army’s full court press and the contributions of Ella Ellis (23 points) narrowed Penn State’s lead down to 2 with 12 minutes left. After a Penn State timeout, however, Nick Colella hit a big three which gave Penn State enough momentum to keep the lead for the rest of the game. Colella also hit two more threes for a total of 9 points.

“We just took a big punch. Now we got to get off the floor and punch back,” said head coach Pat Chambers after Penn State’s lead dwindled to two.  “And we [had] to continue to fight. We just had to keep grinding and get a stop. And that’s what we did. Nick hit a three and it was a big shot. And that just goes back to attitude.”

Also of note was that Sasa Borovnjak got the start this afternoon. Borovnjak is averaging just 2.5 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game this year, but his teammates have been supportive of him despite his recent slump.

“We’ve got faith in him,” commented Travis after Borovnjak scored 4 points this afternoon and grabbed 3 rebounds.

Penn State has a week off before they play Delaware State (5-5) at home.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Greg Schlosser

Greg is a senior majoring in energy engineering at Penn State. He is a big fan of Pittsburgh sports and sandwiches with coleslaw and french fries. You can email him at [email protected] or find him at the Phyrst drunkenly requesting the band to play "One Headlight."

Comments

Other posts by Greg

Make The Most Of Happy Valley: Greg Schlosser’s Senior Column

They say there are three inevitable certainties in life: Death, Taxes, and Graduation. Or at least I think that’s the saying, anyways.

Penn State Football Selects 2015 Leadership Council

Peter and Ann Tombros Offer Donation To Improve Basketball Facilities

UPUA To Consider New Policy Change Adding ‘Community Group’ Seats

Though the Judicial Board has final say on the timing of implementing all policy changes, it is expected the changes will take effect for the 14th Assembly if approved.

What To Do In Pittsburgh Over Thanksgiving Break

If you’re heading back home to the Steel City next week, be sure to check out some of these events and attractions.

Send this to a friend