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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Defeat Army, 78-70

by on December 08, 2012 3:49 PM

Second Half Update: Penn State 78, Army 70

Early Penn State turnovers and fortunate bounces for Army gave the Black Knights an edge in the second half's opening eight minutes. Army was able to cut the Penn State lead to two but never made it over the hump, as Penn State continued to shoot well from the floor. Penn State extended its lead, breaking the 70-point mark for the first time all season. In return, all fans in attendance received free Big Macs.

Four different Nittany Lions scored in double figures, and junior Jermaine Marshall continued his hot shooting streak, going 6-for-10 from the field for 16 points.

Ross Travis also registered a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds while scoring 14 points. DJ Newbill led the team with 19 points, and freshman Brandon Taylor showed a nice touch from mid-range, contributing 14. 

First Half Update: Penn State 40, Army 28

Penn State opened its second consecutive game with hot shooting Saturday, leading Army, 40-28 at halftime.

Ross Travis continued his aggressive play for the second straight game, opening Saturday's contest with nine points. Travis' 4-for-9 shooting helped the Nittany Lions en route to 57 percent shooting from the field for the half.

Six different Nittany Lions scored to open the game, and Jermaine Marshall led the team with 11 points and three steals. Penn State scored 18 points in the paint, an area the Nittany Lions have struggled in all season.

Penn State was able to open a 15-point lead with just over four minutes remaining in the half. Ten first-half turnovers by the Nittany Lions allowed Army to keep it close. The Black Knights struggled from the field, shooting only 9-for-24 from the field and turned the ball over 11 times while being out rebounded 22-7.



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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