Men's Hoops Game Blog - FINAL: Penn State 78, Army 70

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live in-game coverage of the Nittany Lion basketball team.

Take a look back at Penn State's 78-70 victory over Army inside the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday afternoon.

Starting Lineups:
Penn State -
G - Marshall, G - Newbill, F - Travis, F - Taylor, F - Borovnjak
Army - G - Toth, G - Cox, F - Ellis, F - Toomey, F - Springer

15:38 1st Half - Penn State 7, Army 2
Like he did at La Salle on Wednesday night, forward Ross Travis came out of the gate red hot.  Travis knocked down a baseline jumper on the right side of the floor to give the Lions a 4-0 lead before drilling a 3-pointer on the left wing.  Travis is a dangerous player when he makes jump shots.

11:11 1st Half - Penn State 18, Army 10
The Nittany Lions are off to a superb shooting start this afternoon in the BJC.  Fueled by good ball movement, the Lions are shooting 62 percent from the field in the opening minutes en route to an 18-10 lead over the Black Knights.  Five different Nittany Lions have scored in the early minutes, led by seven from Travis.

7:59 1st Half - Penn State 25, Army 13
Following Wednesday's trip to La Salle, Coach Chambers stressed the importance of playing hard every second the Lions are on the floor.  Penn State has been terrific thus far against Army.  The Lions are shooting 58 percent from the field, but the defensive effort has been very good, as well.  Marshall and Newbill each have seven points to propel the Nittany Lions to a 12-point edge on the scoreboard.

3:53 1st Half - Penn State 33, Army 21
Penn State's flow on offense has been the big key to the Lions' hot shooting in the first half.  We talked about good ball movement during the last timeout.  That trend has continued deep into the half, and the Lions are 15-for-26 from the field during the first half.  Army's five 3-pointers are the only thing keeping the Black Knights anywhere close in the first half of play.  Nonetheless, Penn State has played the type of offensive half it needed today.

Halftime - Penn State 40, Army 28
The Lions head into the locker room after a big offensive board and put-back from Sasa Borovnjak sent the crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center roaring. Penn State is shooting 56 percent from the floor and has spread the offense between six different players. Jermaine Marshall went 5-of-8 from the floor with a team high 11 points and has been controlling the offense alongside D.J. Newbill. The Penn State ATTITUDE is in the house today, too, as the team has out-rebounded the Black Knights 22-7.

14:48 2nd Half - Penn State 46, Army 38
The Black Knights and the Nittany Lions have looked like different teams out of the locker room.  Army answered a Newbill lay-in with five unanswered points to trim the Penn State lead down to nine.  The Black Knights got as close as eight, but a big basket from Newbill pushed the lead back to double figures heading into the timeout.  Penn State will be addressing consistency on the defensive end of the floor during the first media timeout of the half.


10:48 2nd Half - Penn State 55, Army 50
An 8-2 spurt from Army sliced Penn State's double-digit lead down to just four (59-46) with 13:37 to play in the contest.  The Black Knights have done a nice job in the second half of disrupting Penn State's offensive flow by forcing the Lions to work through a full court press.  Army got as close as two, but a Colella 3-pointer set the score at five heading into the timeout.  The Lions need to find more consistency on both ends of the floor down the stretch.

3:58 2nd Half - Penn State 70, Army 60
Army closed to within four at the 9:52 mark, but Brandon Taylor and D.J. Newbill had seen enough.  The duo combined for nine of Penn State's 10 points on a 10-0 scoring spurt, which put the Lions up by 14 before an Army 3-pointer.  Newbill, Taylor, Travis and Marshall are all in double figures for the Nittany Lions.  Penn State did a nice job weathering the Army rally before doing what it needed to when the game was on the line.

FINAL - Penn State 78, Army 70
The Nittany Lions needed 40 minutes of hard-fought basketball to win on Saturday afternoon.  Army had the score at 52-50 with just under 10 minutes to play.  From there, the Lions used a pivotal 10-0 scoring run to stretch the lead.  Penn State shot a season-high 51 percent from the field and had four players in double figures.  Newbill led the way with 19 points and six assists.  Marshall tallied 16 points and six rebounds.  Travis notched his second-career double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.  Taylor also finished with 14 points.  Give the Nittany Lions a great deal of credit for battling through some adversity in the second half when Army mounted a charge.  For the Nittany Lions to win, like we have said before, they need to play hard for the duration of basketball games to win.  On Saturday, they did that and the result speaks for itself.  Additionally, the balanced attack was huge for the Nittany Lions on Saturday, and it will lead to a lot more confidence on the offensive end of the floor.

Coach Chambers said after the game that he wants to go a little deeper on the bench moving forward to give the rotation some rest.  He also said that he was pleased with how the team dug deep in the second half after Army mounted its run.

The Nittany Lions will have a week before returning to the BJC for a matchup against Delaware State.



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