Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Defeat Delaware State, 80-76 in Overtime
Overtime: Penn State 80, Delaware State 76
With the game in overtime, Penn State buckled up and looked toward its leadership, closing the game on a 10-3 run to win, 80-76 Saturday afternoon.
The Nittany Lions, down by three, 76-73 with only 1:24 to go, found Jermaine Marshall open behind the arc. The junior guard did not disappoint, tying the game.
From there it was all Penn State, a head fake and drive by Newbill gave the Nittany Lions the lead, and two Brandon Taylor free throws with 14 seconds left sealed the deal.
Newbill ended the game with 22 points, five assists, and five rebounds to lead the team. Penn State improves to 6-4 on the year.
Second Half Update: Penn State 69, Delaware State 69
Donovon Jack held his coming out party during the second half on Saturday. The freshman forward scored eight quick points and swatted away a would-be layup in his first significant action of the season.
Jack joined seven different Nittany Lions with five or more points, the second straight game for Penn State with scorers in double figures. Sasa Borovnjak had his best outing of the season, and in terms of immeasurable stats, his career, pulling down six rebounds while scoring 12 points.
DJ Newbill played through four fouls for much of the late stages of the second half. He scored 18 points through regulation.
Delaware State was down by as many as 11 in the closing minutes but late mistakes by Penn State and hot shooting by the Hornets led to a tie game with 12.2 seconds to go.
Nick Colella drove the ball in the closing seconds but was denied. A late heave by Delaware State was no good.
Halftime Update: Penn State 37, Delaware State 29
Coming off a week of rest, the Nittany Lions showed no signs of rust Saturday afternoon. Penn State shot hot from the start and opened up a 21-3 lead over the game's opening eight minutes. Sophomore guard DJ Newbill was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in the half, scoring 12 points.
Delaware State's Casey Walker became a one-man team to bring the Hornets back into the game despite an 18-point deficit with just under 12 minutes to play. Walker closed out the second half hitting four deep and well-contested 3-point shots for a total of 17 first-half points.
The Hornets cut the Nittany Lions' lead to 30-24 behind Walker's sudden explosion with only 3:05 to go in the half.
Newbill picked up his third personal foul in the closing two minutes of the half. Delaware State was unable to cut the lead closer, and the Nittany Lions took a 37-29 score into the break.
Penn State dished out 10 assists in the opening half while shooting 59 percent from the field.
Note: Previously suspended sophomore forward Pat Ackerman was dressed for today's game. Ackerman has been suspended since Nov. 29 because of an unspecified violation of team rules. More on Ackerman's state can be found here.