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Dec. 3, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Dec. 3, 2010 - Penn State (5-2) will look to rebound from its first home loss of the season Saturday when it takes on former Atlantic-10 Conference rival Duquesne (3-2) in a 6:00 p.m. tip on the Big Ten Network.
It will be "Toys for Tots" and "Armed Services" night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Fans bringing an unwrapped toy will receive free admission, while season ticket holders will get a voucher for a free concession stand soft drink. All military personnel presenting a valid military ID will also receive free admission. Kids will enjoy the "Extreme Dunk Team" at halftime.
Talor Battle posted his Big Ten leading 34th career 20-point game on Wednesday, but the Nittany Lions struggled offensively as a team falling to Maryland, 62-39. Battle comes into Saturday's game as the No. 3 scorer in the Big Ten at 18.7 ppg. Meanwhile, fellow senior Jeff Brooks stands fifth in the conference pulling down 7.9 rebounds per game after his career-high 10 boards vs. the Terps.
The Nittany Lions continue to play tough defense on the year, holding Maryland 18 points below its season average coming in, and rank fifth in the Big Ten giving up just 59.7 ppg.
Duquesne comes in averaging 86 ppg and playing a pressing, scrambling style that pushes the tempo. The Dukes fell to No. 3 Pittsburgh, 80-66, in their last outing and will bring a 3-2 record to the Jordan Center. They are led by 6-5, senior guard Bill Clark who is posting 18.2 ppg and 6.4 rpg.
This will be the first trip to State College in 17 years for the Dukes. Penn State leads the all-time series 23-18 and has won four of the last five meetings. This will be the first meeting since a 70-69 Penn State victory in Pittsburgh in 1994. Penn State and Duquesne were both members of the A-10 from 1983-91.
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.
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