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Distraction of the Day: Penn State Basketball Becomes 10-1 With Flair

Penn State men’s basketball downed George Washington on Sunday afternoon in the BJC to improve to 10-1 on the season, the team’s best start, longest win-streak, and most non-conference wins since the 1995-1996 season.

During an entertaining-as-heck first half against the Colonials, the shooty hoops squad put together quite an impressive highlight reel, complete with a monster block from rising star Jordan Dickerson and a Jordan-esque baseline spin move by none other than the team’s leading scorer, D.J. Newbill.

Both gifs are brought to you courtesy of Onward State alumnus Sam Cooper.

Dickerson’s block is impressive, but what you don’t see here is the hustle it took for the 7-foot-1 center to run the length of the court and track down the speedy guard from behind, get one his big mitts on the ball, and knock it away without causing a foul. That’s big-time, kids. The only thing missing is a signature Dikembe Mutombo finger wag.

Ah, the old baseline reverse. If you’ve ever played pickup basketball at your local gym, you know this is a signature old-man move. Newbill, a senior ranked 8th in the country with 22.1 points per game, has been making highlight-reel type moves throughout his Penn State career, but this one stood out for how closely it resembles one of the best plays from the NBA’s all-time greatest player.

Of course, Newbill’s move came without the earth-shattering slam, but you get the idea. Watching one man fake out two defenders while finishing at the rim is just something you don’t see everybody on the basketball court, and Newbill made it look easy.

It’s been a long time since Penn State basketball has been this exciting. Enjoy it while you can, folks.

About the Author

CJ Doon

CJ is a senior journalism major from Long Island and Onward State's Sports Editor. He is a third-generation Penn Stater, and his grandfather wrestled for the university back in the 1930s under coach Charlie “Doc” Speidel. Besides writing, one of his favorite activities is making sea puns. You can follow him on Twitter @CJDoon, and send your best puns to [email protected], just for the halibut.


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