Nittany Lions Fall To No. 10 Purdue, 83-68

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Jermaine Marshall

Jan. 5, 2011

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Jan. 5, 2011 - Penn State (8-6; 1-2 Big Ten) got a career-high 18 points from redshirt freshman Jermaine Marshall off the bench and held Purdue leading scorer E'Twaun Moore to just four points on 2-of-10 shooting, but got beat on the glass, 46 to 31, and at the foul line, 25 to 13, in falling Wednesday to No. 10-ranked Purdue (14-1; 3-0 Big Ten) 83-68 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Marshall played a career high 28 minutes of the bench and went 6-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-5 at the line for his 18 points.

"It's amazing," DeChellis said. "He played the way he does in practice some days. Then, the next day we kind of don't see that as much. I was glad for him. I thought he had a great night offensively for us. That was very, very important. We needed some help off the bench, so hopefully that will help his confidence."

Big Ten leading scorer Talor Battle also logged 18 on the night, but struggled going 6-of-22 from the floor. Jeff Brooks added his second career double-double with 15 points and 10 boards for Penn State which hit 41 percent from the floor and just 5-of-18 (28%) from three as it began a program-record run of five-straight games vs. Top 25 opponents.

Purdue was led by a career-high 20 points from Ryne Smith who was a perfect 5-of-5 from three and 5-of-7 from the foul line. JaJuan Johnson added a double-double with 15 points and 15 boards and Lewis Jackson had 17 points on 7-of-13 from the foul line for a Boilermaker team that won its ninth-straight game and improved its win streak to 33-straight games when scoring at least 70 points.

"They got a lot of points at the line tonight," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "You know if (you told me) (JaJuan) Johnson had 15 and Moore had four, I would have thought that we would have had a pretty good chance. Lewis Jackson had a big night for them, stepped up. Ryne Smith didn't miss a shot. That was critical for them. I thought they all pitched in. The game was won on the glass. They just out-rebounded us in the second half."

The Boilermakers, who led by four at the half, seized control of the game with an 11-4 run to open the second half to take a 42-31 lead with 15:18 to play. Johnson had five points in the run opening the half with a three-point play and adding a jumper in the lane.

Purdue aggressively attacked the glass in the second half out-rebounding the Lions 8-3 in the first five minutes and by 14 overall in the half as the created numerous scoring chances.

Penn State cut the lead to seven after a Brooks lay-up off a nice pass from Tim Frazier, one of a career-high eight assists on the night for the sophomore, and a pair of Battle free throws. But, Purdue responded with five-straight points to take a 47-35 lead on a Kelsey Barlow jumper with 12:50 to play.

Penn State again got within seven after a Marshall three and a Brooks lay-up after a Battle steal. Purdue would use a 14-4 run to put the game away though, starting with a D.J. Byrd three. Smith hit back-to-back threes midway through the run and finished it off with a pair of free throws as Purdue took its largest lead of the game, 61-44, with 8:52 to play.

Penn State would not get within double-digits of the lead again as Purdue paraded to the line scoring 21 of its final 27 points at the foul line.

Penn State trailed just 31-27 after a first half in which it shot 36 percent from the floor and Battle went 2-of-11. The Lions got major contributions from new sources as Marshall came off the bench to equal a career high with six first half points and Andrew Jones hit his first three jumpers for six points and five rebounds in the half.

Purdue hit 48 percent from the floor and was led by a 3-of-3 performance from three from Smith who posted 10 points in the half. Penn State held Boiler leading scorers Johnson and Moore to four points each in the half.

Penn State held an 8-6 lead at the first media timeout as Jones scored six straight points. Purdue came out cold from the floor, but Penn State was unable to capitalize going scoreless for 5 ½ minutes itself as Purdue inched out to a 10-8 lead.

Brooks broke the slump with a jumper and the teams played close through the middle of the half until Purdue strung together six-straight points, the last coming on a put-back from Travis Carroll, to take a 23-16 lead.

Purdue pushed its lead to eight, 33-21, until David Jackson scored the last of seven straight points for the Lions draining a pair of free throws to start a 6-0 run for Penn State. A Marshall spin move and lay-up and Battle break-away dunk had Penn State down just two, 29-27, with 1:44 to play in the half.

Lewis Jackson answered with a jumper and Battle missed on a last second driving lay-up attempt to close the half. Battle limped to the locker room after the drive appearing to have twisted an ankle, but returned in the second half after being re-taped.

Penn State will return to the Jordan Center Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. tip vs. No. 18 Michigan State (10-4; 2-0). Fans will receive a free Andrew Jones Growth Chart at the door while supplies last. The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.

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