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Penn State Basketball Falls To Radford 86-74

Radford traveled to the Bryce Jordan Center Tuesday night to take on a Penn State team looking to rebound from a blow out loss to Duquesne last Friday. The Highlanders came in with a 3-2 record, while the Nittany Lions boasted a 2-1 record. Radford opened its season with an impressive win over Georgetown, so the Highlanders were no strangers to big time matchups. The Highlanders did not disappoint in this one, as they beat Penn State 86-74.

How It Happened

The first half started off incredibly slow for both teams as both had low shooting percentages. Something sparked for the Highlanders as they started hitting consecutive three pointers, and the game started to look a lot like the recent game against Duquesne where the Dukes made 17 threes. Penn State also got hot offensively, and turned what was an 11-point deficit into a lead later in the half. Radford retook the lead on a last second jumper from Rashun Davis to give the Highlanders a 37-34 lead at the half.

The second half was a completely different game from the first as both sides made field goals and generated scoring chances. Radford continued its dominance from beyond the arc as the Highlanders shot almost 50 percent from three. This proved too much for Penn State, as Cameron Jones from Radford finished with 23 points, and the Highlanders hung on to win 86-74.

Player Of The Game

Julian Moore gets player of the game honors as he finished with a career high 14 points. He gave the Nittany Lions a small sliver of hope and momentum in the second half with a number of jump hooks from the paint. In the end, it wasn’t enough, but it was good enough to get player of the game honors.

What’s Next?

Penn State will remain at home to take on Bucknell on Friday at 1 p.m. It will be another difficult nonconference test for the Nittany Lions, but it’s one that can prepare them for the upcoming B1G games.

About the Author

Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman is a writer for Onward State. His hometown is North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, a little under an hour from Pittsburgh. He is a sophomore majoring in Natural Resource Engineering in Biological Engineering. Please e-mail questions and comments to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @cole_man2.

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