Penn State Faces No. 9 Michigan State on ESPN2
Feb. 5, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's basketball team looks to win four Big Ten games in a row for the first time since 2009 as it travels to No. 9 Michigan State for a 9 p.m. tip Thursday at the Breslin Center.
AT A GLANCE
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Gary Harris is the leading scorer with 18.4 points per game, while Adreian Payne is second with 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, though the senior forward has missed the last seven games with injury. In Payne's place, Matt Costello has averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds. Keith Appling is second in the Big Ten in assists with 4.9, trailing Tim Frazier in first by 1.5 per game.
VS. MICHIGAN STATE
MICHIGAN STATE VS. PENN STATE - Round One
Penn State led by as many as 12 in the first half, converting on nine Spartan turnovers for 13 points and shooting 58 percent (7-12) from 3-point range. Improved ball control in the second half by Michigan State and cooled off shooting by the Lions led to the MSU comeback.
Taylor posted a team-high 18 points for his seventh double-figure scoring effort of the season while Newbill tallied 17 points for his 29th-consecutive double digit scoring performance.
Branden Dawson led the charge for MSU, nearly reaching a double-double with 20 points and nine boards while Keith Appling posted 14 points, Gary Harris notched 13 and Travis Trice scored 12. [MORE/BOX SCORE: Page 35]
MICHIGAN STATE VS. PENN STATE -Last Time in East Lansing
Tim Frazier led the Lions with 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Jermaine Marshall added 12 points, 10 in the second half, and five boards. Draymond Green posted 23 points and 12 boards for his 13th double-double of the season to lead the Spartans who improved to 15-0 at home on the year.
Michigan State increased its halftime lead to 22 in the second after a Green three-pointer with 16:46 to play before Penn State mounted a 10-0 run to swing the momentum. Penn State shot 76 percent through the first 13 minutes of the second half to slice the Michigan State lead to just five, 52-47, following a Marshall jumper with 9:10 to play, but Michigan State responded with a 17-3 run to reestablish control.
THREE MORE NOTABALE GAMES
Feb. 1, 2009: Trailing by as many as 13 in the first half, Penn State rode a 29-point performance from sophomore Talor Battle to down the ninth-ranked Spartans, an eventual Final Four team, and earn the program's first (and last) win in East Lansing, Mich.
March 9, 2001: Joe Crispin's off-balance trey with little time left capped a 22-point perfomance and gave Penn State an upset win over No. 2 Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. This win stands as the highest-ranked opponent the Nittany Lions have defeated.
LAST TIME OUT
Taylor also led the Lions in rebounding, pulling down eight boards while Newbill registered seven. Frazier recorded another complete game, dishing out five assists and grabbing five rebounds.
Penn State's (12-10, 3-6 Big Ten) 79-point performance marks the highest scoring effort for the Nittany Lions in Big Ten action this season; their previous best was a 76-point effort in the loss vs. Indiana Jan. 11.
The annual Band Together Day brings together cancer survivors and cancer fighting groups from across campus and the community. They will join together for halftime recognition and a group photo Sunday.
Penn State's chapter of Coaches vs. Cancer has raised over $2 million since its inception in 1995 and consistently ranks among the Top 10 in CvC organizations across the country. Started by then head coach Bruce Parkhill, the organization raises funds for the American Cancer Society and the Bestwick Foundation and Bob Perks Fund, local organizations that provide direct support for community members and families fighting cancer.