Nittany Lions Take On Saint Joseph's Tuesday

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David Jackson posted 14 points in the season opening win.


David Jackson posted 14 points in the season opening win.

Nov. 15, 2010

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Nov. 15, 2010 - The Nittany Lion basketball team (1-0) will look to improve to 2-0 to start a season for the sixth-straight time Tuesday when they take on intrastate rival Saint Joseph's (0-1) in a 7:30 p.m. tip at the Jordan Center.

The game will be shown on ESPN3 (webstream) and can be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network (1450 AM locally) with Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi. It will be "Dollar Dog Night" at the Jordan Center and fans will receive key chain schedule cards while supplies last.

Penn State used a 49-point second half and 59 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes to down Lehigh 70-56 last Friday to win its sixth-straight season opener. Talor Battle led the Lions with 21 points, his 31st career 20-point or better game, and passed Geary Claxton to move into sixth on the all-time Penn State scoring charts with 1,547 points. David Jackson added 14 points and Jeff Brooks had 10 points and a career-best five blocks in the game.

Penn State and Saint Joseph's will be meeting for the third time in the last five seasons after a 15-year hiatus in the series after the Nittany Lions' departure from the A-10. Penn State leads the series 13-9 and has won seven of the last eight meetings. However, Saint Joseph's won the last meeting, 79-67, at The Palestra in 2007.

The Hawks had a disappointing opening night as they fell 98-70 to Western Kentucky in Philadelphia. The Hawks start three freshmen and a sophomore and prefer a fast-paced quick shooting style. Guard Carl Jones led the Hawks with 17 point in the opener while Langston Galloway chipped in 13.

Nittany Lion Basketball season tickets are available by calling 814-865-5555. Season tickets are $220 for adults, $190 for seniors for a 19-game home schedule and $59 for students. PNC Flex Books are also available again this year for $99. The Flex Book gives fans 12 vouchers, 10 that can be redeemed in any combination for Nittany Lion and Lady Lion Basketball tickets throughout the year and two extra vouchers for the Nittany Lions' Coaches Vs. Cancer game and the Lady Lions' Think Pink game.

For all the latest information, notes, pictures and related links on Penn State basketball follow Assistant Athletic Communications Director Brian Siegrist on Twitter (@PSUSTRETCH) and check GoPSUsports.com. The Nittany Lions are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennstatebasketball.

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