Penn State looks to get back on track with their second straight win when they travel to face Duquesne at the Consol Energy Center Wednesday.
The Nittany Lions are 7-3 and dropped two straight before taking out Marshall 90-77 Saturday behind five Penn State players reaching double figures in scoring. Junior F Ross Travis led the Nittany Lions with a team-high 20 points on 5 of 9 shooting; sophomore F Donovan Jack had 18 points; junior G D.J. Newbill scored 17 points; senior G Tim Frazier added 11 points and sophomore F Brandon Taylor had 10 points. Penn State raced out to an 11-3 lead before the Thundering Herd went on an 8-2 run trim the lead to 13-11. The Nittany Lions then started to distance themselves and opened up a 15-point lead by the halfway point and Marshall could get no closer than 13 for the entire second half. Penn State shot 48 percent from the field, 29 percent from downtown and hit 17 of 21 from the line. Through 10 games, the Nittany Lions are averaging 81.7 ppg on 47 percent shooting and Newbill leads the team with 19.1 ppg on 50 percent from the floor and 45 percent from distance.
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Duquesne, meanwhile, comes in with a record of 3-3 and off a 94-88 win over Maryland-Baltimore Sunday, in which the Dukes had a strong night shooting the rock. Duquesne connected on 31 of 52 from the field and hit 6 of 15 from beyond the arc. Junior G Tra’Vaughn White had a team-high 22 points, while sophomore G Derrick Colter added 20 points and 7 assists on 6 of 8 shooting and hit 3 of 4 from downtown. The Dukes used a 13-2 run to open up 53-39 advantage with just under 5 minutes gone in the second half and that provided enough cushion as the Retrievers were unable to close the gap any closer than 7 points for the rest of the game. On the season, Duquesne is averaging 81.5 ppg on 47 percent shooting and senior F Ovie Soko leads the team with 16 ppg on 40 percent from the field and 37 percent from distance.
The line in this one is currently set at -6.5 for Penn State and that looks to be just about right. Pitt is the only opponent these two have had in common and while the Panthers spanked Duquesne by 17, the Nittany Lions took Pitt to the wire and really only let the game slip away in the final 90 seconds. Look for a Penn State cover.
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