Men's Hoops Game Blog - FINAL: Penn State 84, Duquesne 74

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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 84-74 victory over Duquesne, marking its fourth-straight win heading into non-conference play.

Starting Lineups:
Penn State - G - Marshall, G - Newbill, F - Travis, F - Taylor, F - Borovnjak
Duquesne - G - Colter, G - Jones, G - Johnson, F - Pantophlet, F - Marhold

15:51 1st Half - Penn State 8, Duquesne 5
Both teams expected an up-tempo game on Saturday afternoon, and as the teams reached the first media timeout, that has been case thus far in the Bryce Jordan Center.  The Nittany Lions are 3-for-5 to start the game with baskets from Jermaine Marshall, D.J. Newbill and Sasa Borovnjak.  Duquense has been very active on the defensive end of the floor, but the Lions are moving the ball well on offense.

11:17 1st Half - Penn State 14, Duquesne 9
Despite limiting the Dukes to 3-for-10 shooting to start the game and holding them off the scoreboard for nearly five minutes, the Nittany Lions are led by just two until Brandon Taylor knocked down his second 3-pointer of the afternoon to make it 14-9, Nittany Lions.  Four turnovers have hindered the Lions in the early minutes, but a 5-for-11 shooting start has Penn State on top by five.

7:49 1st Half - Penn State 23, Duquesne 15
Penn State's 3-point shooting has been the story of the first half so far.  The Lions have shot 5-for-8 from beyond the arc helping contribute to the eight-point lead.  Penn State's last five field goals have all been 3-pointers, including a pair of triples from Taylor and Nick Colella.  Duquesne is just 6-for-18 to start the game.

3:51 1st Half - Penn State 27, Duquesne 20
Penn State clamped down on the defensive end of the floor, holding the Dukes without a point for nearly 4:30.  During that span, the Lions rattled off 11 unanswered points to claim a 25-15 lead on the scoreboard.  Penn State has seven assists on 10 made field goals in the first half.  Newbill is the Lions' leading scorer with nine points on 3-for-6 shooting.

Halftime: Penn State 39, Duquesne 28
The Nittany Lions trailed Duquesne 15-14 with 10:33 to play in the first half.  From there, the Lions out-scored the Dukes 25-13 en route to a 39-28 lead at halftime.  Newbill led Penn State with 11 points and seven rebounds.  Colella chipped in with nine points on 3-for-4 from the perimeter, equaling his career high.  Penn State dominated the glass, out-rebounding Duquesne 23-14.  The Lions closed the half on an 8-2 spurt, which included a trio of free throws after two technical fouls on the Duquesne bench.  The Lions held the Dukes to just 11-for-28 shooting from the field and 4-for-12 from three-point range.  Finally, for the third-straight game Sasa Borovnjak has given the Lions a big boost.  Borovnjak has eight points and three rebounds, marking his third-consecutive night of eight or more points.

15:52 2nd Half - Penn State 52, Duquesne 41
The opening minutes of the second half have been marked by runs from both teams.  The Nittany Lions used a 6-0 scoring spurt to build their largest lead of the night at 45-30.  Borovnjak was the driving force behind the rally.  The Nittany Lion big man is now into double figures for the third-straight night.  He is 6-for-7 from the field tonight.  Duquesne answered the Penn State run with a 9-2 burst to close within eight before Colella drained his fourth 3-pointer of the night.

11:50 2nd Half - Penn State 63, Duquesne 42
The Nittany Lions head into the second media timeout on an 11-0 scoring run, thanks to a fifth 3-pointer from red-hot Nick Colella.  The senior is having a career day for the Nittany Lions.  He is 5-for-6 from beyond the arc for 15 points.  Additionally, the Nittany Lions are doing a tremendous job turning offensive rebounds into points (17-3 in second-chance points).  Additionally, the Dukes have gone nearly four minutes without a point.

7:55 2nd Half - Penn State 69, Duquesne 54
Penn State has used a balanced scoring attack to build a 15-point cushion as the teams head into the final 7:55 of action.  Newbill is leading all Lions with 16 tallies.  Colella has 15 points and Borovnjak has 14 tallies on a sizzling 7-for-8 shooting.  Marshall also has nine points.  Duquesne has trimmed what was once a 22-point edge for the Lions down to 15, but Penn State is still in control.

3:46 2nd Half - Penn State 73, Duquesne 60
Thanks to a 12-2 scoring run from Duquesne, the Nittany Lion lead that was once 22 went down to 11 at 69-58 before a big put-back from Jon Graham and a basket from Newbill pushed the margin back up to 15.  Nevertheless, Colella and Marshall have fouled out and the Dukes still have life.

FINAL - Penn State 84, Duquesne 74
The Nittany Lions will head into Big Ten play with an 8-4 mark after capping off the non-conference season with four-straight victories.  The Dukes got as close as five points in the final minute, but the Lions scored the final five points at the foul line for a 10-point victory.  Newbill was the catalyst for the Nittany Lions, scoring a career-best 23 points with 12 rebounds and five assists.  Colella finished with a career-high 15 points on a red-hot shooting night from beyond the arc (5-of-7).  Borovnjak added 14 points and five rebounds, marking his third-straight game in double figures.  The Lions out-rebounded the Dukes 50-28.  Penn State was terrific from the foul line in the second half, knocking down 19 of its 27 attempts.

The Nittany Lions weathered some foul trouble in the second half and found a way to win against an aggressive Duquesne team.  Penn State's confidence level continues to grow with each passing day.  The Lions head into the Big Ten averaging 78.5 points per game during its last four games.

"We feel really confident.  We feel like this was a momentum game for us," Newbill said.

The Lions now shift attention to the 18-game Big Ten schedule.  Penn State opens the conference slate on Jan. 3 at Wisconsin (8:30 p.m. on BTN).

"They are a resilient bunch.  They are going to keep pressing on, keep competing and keep getting better," head coach Patrick Chambers said.    


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