Nittany Lions Edged by Virginia Tech, 66-64
Dec. 12, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Despite 32-point effort by Talor Battle (Albany, N.Y.), the Penn State Nittany Lions were clipped by the Virginia Tech Hokies, 66-64, in a non-conference showdown in front of 11,237 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center Saturday night.
With 7.4 seconds remaining in the game, Virginia Tech's Erick Green made the front end of his two free throws to give the Hokies a 66-64 lead. After missing the second one, Battle grabbed the defensive board and drove the ball down the floor. His attempted lay-up fell short off the rim as time expired.
Battle netted 19 points in the first half, including 14 of Penn State's final 20 points of the stanza. The Nittany Lions went into the locker room tied at 36 with the Hokies. Battle fell one rebound shy of a double-double, as he grabbed nine of them.
Junior David Jackson (Farrell, Pa.) added 12 points and seven rebounds, including two three pointers. Battle added five three-pointers to his chart as well. The Nittany Lions shot 7-24 (29.2%) from the three-point arch. Penn State shot 13-22 (59.1%) from the free throw line.