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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Looking To Bounce Back Against Marshall

by on December 06, 2013 2:00 PM

After falling in hard fought road contest against Pitt to cap off five games in 10 days for the Nittany Lions, Penn State will take to the hardwood again Saturday for a 4:00 PM meeting with Marshall.

For Penn State, the afternoon game marks the first of four final games out of conference before a New Years Eve meeting with Michigan State at the Bryce Jordan Center to open Big Ten play. The Thundering Herd are 4-4 on the year and led by senior forward Elijah Pittman who averages 22 points per game.

Marshall averages 85 points per game as a team, losing twice in overtime and by a basket in regulation in its last contest Thursday on the road at Vanderbilt.

Penn State will look to get back to its winning ways after falling in back-to-back close road contests against Ole Miss and Pittsburgh.

The Nittany Lions continue to be led by the guard duo of Tim Frazier and DJ Newbill who average 19.4 and 19.3 points respectively. In total, four different Nittany Lions average double figures with two additional players averaging over 6 points per contest. Head Coach Patrick Chambers will continue to break in his freshman and bench with more and more experience as conference play draws close. At one point during Penn State's last contest, three freshman saw the floor at the same time, a rarity for Penn State basketball. 

While Marshall may not provide Penn State with its stiffest test of the season, the Nittany Lions will look to improve in many areas on both sides of the ball including Penn State's bench play, which will be crucial in pending conference play.

The Nittany Lions will follow up the Saturday night contest with a Wednesday meeting against Duquesne, again on the road.

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