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Jan. 16, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.; JAN. 16, 2013 - Penn State guards Jermaine Marshall (Etters, Pa.) and D.J. Newbill (Philadelphia, Pa.) both posted career high scoring totals and combined to score 56 points on 60 percent shooting, but Penn State (8-9, 0-5 Big Ten) couldn't overcome No. 18 Michigan State (15-3; 4-1) Wednesday in the Bryce Jordan Center falling 81-72.
Penn State shot 55 percent in the second half and eclipsed the 70-point mark for the fifth time in the last seven home games, but couldn't overcome Spartan team that posted 52 second half points behind a strong performance from 6-10 junior Adreian Payne who came off the bench to score 20 second half points on 6-of-9 shooting and 7-of-10 from the foul line to lead the Spartans.
"We had a great opportunity tonight and I felt like we let it slip away," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "To give up 52 points in the second half is not going to get it done. For us to score 72, we haven't seen that in a long time. So, we need to get stops. In this league you need to get stops and you better do it at home."
Marshall posted career highs of 29 points and 10 rebounds to record his first career double-double and lead Penn State in both categories. His combined point and rebound total (39) was the most by a Nittany Lion since Talor Battle posted 28 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Michigan in March of 2008. Newbill wasn't far behind posting a career high 27 points and a team high six assists. Marshall went 10-of-18 from the floor (3-7 from three) and Newbill 8-of-12 as the pair combined to shoot 18-of-30 and 17-of-23 from the foul line.
"They played great," Chambers said of Marshall and Newbill. "They wanted to finish the game. They saw a good opportunity and I think we let it slip. We need production. We need help from other positions. Guys have to step up. We can't be a two-man show all season long."
Penn State shot 48 percent (24-of-50) for the game, its best mark in Big Ten play on the season. The Nittany Lions tied their season low in turnovers with eight and out-scored the Spartans in the paint 36-32. Michigan State shot 47 percent (26-of-55) for the game and out-rebounded Penn State 33-30 while committing just seven turnovers, none in the second half. Five Spartans reached double-figures. Payne and freshman Branden Dawson did not start the game due to an incident Wednesday morning, but entered the game just over three minutes into the second half with Michigan State leading 35-31.
Penn State held the Spartans to just 29 first half points on 40 percent shooting with a tough 3-2 zone and a half court 1-2-2 press, but saw MSU shoot 53 percent in the second half led by Payne who scored 16 of 19 Michigan State points during a 19-8 Spartan run that saw Michigan State turn a one-point deficit to the Nittany Lions into a 10-point Spartan lead.
"The first half I thought we did a good job," Chambers said. "We played hard. We mixed up our defenses. We forced them into some tough shots, which was good. But in the second half Payne came in and (the lead) goes from two to three to 10, 12; fade-away, fade-away, rebound, lay-up, threes. What a sequence for an individual to have. He is a special talent."
Michigan State grabbed the lead early in the first half going up 9-4 by the 15:47 mark. Newbill moved Penn State within three, 9-6, with two free throws, but a three-pointer by the Spartans had MSU leading by six, 12-6. Senior Nick Colella (New Castle, Pa.) fired back with a three of his own to close the gap to three, 12-9. Michigan State's lead grew to six, 15-9, but three points from Newbill and a bucket by senior Sasa Borovnjak (Belgrade, Serbia) had Penn State within one, 15-14, with 9:24 on the clock in the first half.
Despite a free throw from MSU's Keith Appling, a layup by sophomore Kevin Montminy (Centre Hall, Pa.) had the score knotted at 16-16 with the clock at 6:42. Michigan State regained the lead with four straight points, 20-16. However, Gary Harris fouled Marshall who went 3-for-3 at the line to push Penn State within one, 20-19.
The squads traded baskets with buckets by Travis and Marshall keeping the Lions a threat. With PSU down by one, 24-23, Travis Trice sank a three to give Michigan State a four-point lead, 27-23, with 2:01 left in the half. Newbill scored on a layup before a basket from the Spartans closed out the first half with Michigan State leading, 29-25.
Marshall, who scored 22 of his points in the second half, opened the second perioed with a three-pointer pushing the Lions within one, 29-28, less than 15 seconds into the half. Despite a layup by Michigan State, a three from Colella had the score tied at 31-31. Back-to-back baskets from the Spartans had the Lions down by four, 35-31, but five points from Marshall gave Penn State a slim 36-35 edge at the 15:16 mark.
Payne took over scoring the next eight straight points for the Spartans. Borovnjak hit 2-of-2 at the foul line to once again put the Lions within one, 39-38. The Nittany Lions remained within three points for the next two minutes before a Travis Trice trifecta pushed MSU ahead by five, 46-41.
Payne scored every point in an 8-0 Michigan State run converting a three point play and making a three in the process to push the Spartan lead into double-digits, 54-44, with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Penn State closed the gap to eight, twice, but five consecutive points by the Spartans increased their lead to 13, 61-48, by the 7:50 mark. Michigan State's lead grew to 16, 70-54, following a pair of Payne free throws with a little more than five minutes on the clock.
Penn State didn't give up and embarked on a 12-1 run to cut Michigan State's lead to five, 71-66, by the 2:06 mark. Marshall and Newbill had five points each during the run. Derrick Nix scored on a layup to give Michigan State some more breathing room, but another bucket by Marshall had Penn State back within give, 73-68, with 1:27 to play.
In the final minute, Michigan State visited the foul line four times going 7-for-8 to reach 81 points and fend off the Lions. Newbill scored two on a layup and was 2-for-2 at the line to help Penn State finish the game with 72.
Penn State remains at home to host Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. It will be THON Hoops day with all single-game student ticket sales benefitting Penn State Dance Marathon.
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Penn State shot 55.6% in the second half and posted a Big Ten season high 72 points, its fifth 70-point game in its last seven home contests.
Jermaine Marshall scored a career-high 29 points and posted a career high 10 rebounds to record his first career double-double. He tied his career-best with 10 field goals made to record his sixth career 20-point game (2nd this season) and lead the Lions in scoring for the seventh time on the year. He now has 34 career double-digit scoring games.
Marshall's combined points and rebounds (29+10=39) are the most in a game by a Nittany Lion since Talor Battle posted 28 points and 13 rebounds (41) in a 69-61 win over Michigan on March 1, 2008 in the Jordan Center. His 29 points are the most by a Lion since Tim Frazier posted 30 at Nebraska in 2012.
D.J. Newbill posted a career-high 27 points for his sixth 20-point game of the season and the seventh of his career.
This is the second time this season Newbill and Marshall have posted 20+ plus points apiece. The last time was against Boston College on Nov. 28, 2012.
Marshall (29) and Newbill (27) combined to score 56 of Penn State's 72 points while shooting 18-of-30 (60%) from the floor.
Newbill led the Nittany Lions in assists with six. It was one shy of his personal best at seven.
The Nittany Lions tied their season low in turnovers with eight. Penn State also only had eight turnovers against Bucknell on Nov. 23, 2012.
Michigan State now leads the series with Penn State 31-7. The Spartans are 12-4 when playing at Penn State.