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Saturday, March 6, 2010

BigTen Tourney Live Blog

Penn State will play in the BigTen Tournament Thursday March 11 at 7:30pm. Penn State has had a disappointing season but has played many close games with top teams in the country. They try to make a run in the Big Ten Tournament. Their first game will take place on the BigTen Network and live coverage will be provided live here for those who do not have the network!

Final Pregame show set for 1:20 p.m. today

Listen to the Comradio Basketball Pregame Show live from the BJC as Penn State (11-18, 3-14) hosts #6 Purdue (23-4, 13-4) in the regular season finale for both schools.

Pete Jensen will be hosting the show beginning @ 1:20pm. ESPN's Dana O'Neil, The Daily Collegian's AJ Cassavell & former Penn Stater Jon Crispin will be guests on today's show. Tip is scheduled for 2:30pm w/Kevin Foedinger & Greg Boyce on the call.


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Nittany Lions sweep season series with Wildcats

Talor Battle may have been Penn State's leading scorer Sunday against Northwestern, but he was only part of the reason why the Nittany Lions capped off the season sweep of the Wildcats.

In another balanced scoring effort, Penn State dissected Northwestern's 1-3-1 zone defense and put on a shooting clinic in the team's 79-60 victory at the Bryce Jordan Center. The win marked PSU's largest victory over a Big Ten foe since January of 2007 when the team knocked off--you guessed it--Northwestern.

Battle led Penn State (11-17, 3-13 in Big Ten) with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in the win, as the team shot 57% from the field in the game. Sophomore guard Chris Babb tallied four three-pointers on five attempts for 14 points.

Junior forward Jeff Brooks continued to assert himself in the paint and was able to use his size to present a major mismatch to Northwestern (18-11, 7-10 in Big Ten). Brooks had 11 points and seven rebounds for the near double-double. Andrew Jones was productive as well with eight points and seven boards.

But in a contest that Northwestern would like to forget, Penn State's strong effort was due largely in part to the play of a few unsung role players who stepped up in a big way. Cam Woodyard and Tim Frazier scored nine points apiece and shot a combined 8-9 FG. Penn State's normally quiet bench outscored Northwestern's unit, 26-19.

Northwestern trailed 49-35 at the break and shot a mere 32% from the floor in the game. Penn State's only flaw in the first half was their lackluster defense on Northwestern's three-point FG attempts. NW shot 7-11 in the first half from behind the arc, but then cooled off a bit, shooting 5-17 from deep in the ensuing half. Michael Thompson was the Wildcats only scorer in double figures with a game-high 21 points on 6-15 shooting.

Ed DeChellis picked up his 200th career victory this afternoon as the Lions won for the third time in four games after an 0-12 start to their conference campaign.

Penn State has overwhelmed Northwestern in recent years, now holding a four-game winning streak with eight victories overall in the last nine meetings.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Turner vs. Battle: Round Two

Talor Battle and the Penn State men's basketball team are riding a two-game winning streak after road wins last week at Northwestern and Michigan. The Nittany Lions (10-16, 2-12) welcome Evan Turner, William Buford, Dallas Lauderdale and the No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-7, 11-4) to the Bryce Jordan Center tonight. The two teams met earlier in the season when the Buckeyes topped the Lions in Columbus, 75-62, in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates.

Battle and Turner were both named to the All-Big Ten first team last season and were teammates on Team USA for the World University Games in the summer of 2009. The two guards have developed a friendship off the court, which has made their duels on the court even more exhilarating.

ComRadio's coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. after the station's nightly newscast when Ryan Staloff hosts the Comradio Basketball Pregame Show. Today's show will feature Pete Jensen's exclusive interview with former Penn State center John Amaechi, a "Booth Pop" segment to preview the game and the weekly "Sounding Off" segment with PSU head coach Ed DeChellis.

The pregame show will conclude at 6:25 p.m., and after the national anthem, the play-by-play team of Eric Reed and Pete Jensen will have the call of the action as Penn State faces off against the mighty Bucks. PSU looks for its first win of the season over a ranked opponent.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lions pick up 1st win in Ann Arbor since 1999

Talor Battle scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Penn State to a 55-51 victory over Michigan at Crisler Arena Saturday night. The Nittany Lions (10-16, 2-12 in Big Ten) won for the first time in Ann Arbor under Ed DeChellis and for the first time since 1999 overall. The Wolverines (13-13, 6-8 in Big Ten) squandered an opportunity to get back to .500 in conference play and maintain an outside shot at an NCAA Tournament bid.

PSU's Jeff Brooks scored all nine of his points in the second half and nailed a crucial jumper with 14 seconds left to extend the Lions lead to four and break what was nearly an eight-minute scoring drought. The Lions were able to sustain their cold spell and make up for it on the defensive end, as Michigan shot a mere 35% from the floor in the game and a putrid 1-12 from 3pt range in the second half.

Penn State will be back in action this Wednesday against #13 Ohio State, who picked up a key 74-67 road win in East Lansing today over Michigan State. This will be a tough task for PSU, but riding a two-game road win streak and heading back home to the friendly confines of the Jordan Center, anything can happen.

Gametime is set for 6:30 p.m. EST, as Pete Jensen and Eric Reed will bring you the live call from the arena. Ryan Staloff will host the pregame show, which will kick off at about 5:55 p.m. EST. On tap for the pregame show is an exclusive interview with former PSU standout John Amaechi, a booth pop segment with Jensen and Reed, as well as our weekly "Sounding off" segment with clips from Ed DeChellis' weekly press conference.


Friday, February 19, 2010

John Amaechi to appear on PSU-OSU Pregame

Former PSU standout and NBA product John Amaechi will be interviewed by Pete Jensen on Wednesday's ComRadio Basketball Pregame Show before Penn State takes on Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. Amaechi is currently a broadcaster and political activist in the United Kingdom. The 6'10" Amaechi graduated from Penn State in 1995 and was a quality role player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz in his NBA career. His best pro season was the 1999-2000 season, when he averaged 10.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 21 minutes per game for the Magic. Amaechi also played for professional squads in both Europe and Italy in his post-collegiate career.

Amaechi played college basketball at Vanderbilt, before transferring to Penn State, where he was a two-time First Team Academic All-American selection.

Courtesy of, here are some accolades from Amaechi's five seasons in the league:
* Named to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Interview First Team
* Scored the 1st basket in Miami's American Airlines Arena, and the 1st NBA points in the new millenium on 1/2/00
* Tied for 6th in media voting for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award in 1999-2000
* One of only 7 undrafted players to start an NBA game in 1999-2000


Nittany Lions set to host Buckeyes in mid-week clash
Penn State's ComRadio, as always, will bring Nittany Lion fans the most complete radio coverage available as Ryan Staloff will host the pregame show, while Pete Jensen and Eric Reed will call the action as the Penn State Nittany Lions battle the Ohio State Buckeyes.

OSU boasts national player of the year candidate Evan Turner (19.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 5.8 apg), who has proved to be one of the most versatile players in the country despite suffering a severe back injury in early December. However, while Turner may be the outright leader for the Buckeyes, the depth of this team is its greatest asset. William Buford, Jon Diebler and David Lighty all average in double figures in scoring for Thad Matta and the Bucks, and their big-man Dallas Lauderdale is a consistent force on both ends of the floor that will create matchup problems for PSU.


Penn State finally wins 1st B10 Game

The monkey is finally off Penn State's back as the Nittany Lions (9-16, 1-12 in B10) rolled past Northwestern, 81-70, in Evanston, Ill. to provide a blow to the Wildcats' NCAA tournament hopes.

David Jackson and Chris Babb led the way with 20 points apiece as Penn State ended a 12-game losing skid and won its first game of 2010. The Lions have now defeated Northwestern (17-9, 6-8 in B10) in seven of the last eight meetings between the two schools. The two schools face off again on Sunday, February 28 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

PSU registered five players (Jackson, Babb, Jeff Brooks, Andrew Jones and Talor Battle), in double figures in arguably the team's most complete victory of the season.