Nittany Lions Downed by Virginia Tech, 79-69
Dec. 12, 2010
Blacksburg, Va., Dec. 12, 2010 - Penn State ran into a hot shooting Hokie team Sunday in Blacksburg as Virginia Tech it 54 percent from the floor and got 18 points on 5-of-7 from three from senior guard Malcolm Delaney to post a 79-69 victory.
Penn State fell to 7-3 on the year despite 26 points from Talor Battle, his Big Ten leading 36th career 20-point game and sixth of the year. David Jackson added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Lions after missing the Lions' last outing with a neck strain.
Delaney also had eight assists for the Hokies who got 15 points from Erick Green and double-doubles from Jeff Allen (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Terrell Bell (13 points, 10 rebounds) as they outscored the Lions 40-24 in the paint and won the rebounding battle 35-29. The Hokies hit 7-of-15 from three to improve to 5-4 on the year.
Trailing by 11 at the half, Penn State used an 8-0 run to start the second period to get within three, 44-41, following a pair of Battle free throws after being fouled by Delaney on a fast break. The Hokies responded however with a 10-0 run of their own sparked by a pair of threes from Green and Delaney to take a 54-41 lead with 10:53 to play. The Hokies led comfortably the rest of the way with Penn State getting no closer than eight with 8:23 to play, following six straight points from Battle. A pair of Hokie lay-ups and dunk from Victor Davila made it 61-47 with 7:17 to play.
Penn State went to the locker room down 44-33 after Delaney hit a three just before the buzzer with Tim Frazier in his face. It was his fourth three and 15th point of the half as Delaney led a Hokie team that shot 62 percent from the floor and commanded the paint with a 24-6 scoring advantage in the lane and a 15-10 edge on the boards.
Penn State was led by seven points from Battle and Frazier and had five players make a three in the half as the Lions shot 6-of-10 from the arc in the first 20 minutes. The Lions played well offensively, but were hampered by seven turnovers that led to 11 Hokie points, many on easy dunks.
The Lions jumped to a 6-2 lead and led 11-9 after a Frazier fade-away three. Tech used a 6-0 run to take an 18-14 lead, getting a pair of easy buckets off turnovers and forcing a Penn State timeout with 11:36 to play.
David Jackson tied the game at 20 with a three, but Delaney answered with a pair of threes and the Hokies claimed a 28-22 lead. A Taran Buie trey brought Penn State within three, 28-25, but the Hokies out-scored the Lions 16-8 the rest of the half.
A Battle three cut the margin to 32-29, but a deep Delaney three helped spark a Hokie run that had them up 39-29 after a Manny Atkins lay-up with 1:54 left in the half. Andrew Jones got a bucket and Frazier a pair of free throws to get the lead under 10, before Delaney closed the half from long range.
Penn State will take a week off for finals before returning to the Bryce Jordan Center hardwood to face Maine on Tuesday, Dec. 21 in a 5:00 p.m. tip on the BigTenNetwork.com
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