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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.


BTN's Jon Crispin and ESPN's Dana O'Neil to round out season

Former Penn State guard Jon Crispin, currently a color commentator at Big Ten Network and a sports radio talk show host at Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles, will make an appearance on the ComRadio Basketball Pregame Show when Penn State hosts top-five Purdue on March 6 (Time: TBA). Jon and his brother, Joe Crispin, led Penn State to a thrilling 2nd round upset of North Carolina to reach the "Sweet 16" of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. Crispin has called a number of PSU games for Big Ten Network this season, including the Lions upset of Northwestern in Evanston.

Also, columnist Dana O'Neil will provide insight before Penn State battles Northwestern Sunday, Feb. 28 @ the BJC. O'Neil traveled to Happy Valley for PSU's February meeting with Michigan State.


Next up for Penn State: Saturday, Feb. 20 @ Michigan 6:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network


ESPN's Joe Lunardi on the show

ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi spoke to ComRadio's Pete Jensen before Penn State's clash with #10 Michigan State last Saturday afternoon. Lunardi broke down his near-flawless simulation tactics, why Penn State did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament last season, and why the Lions have had a significant drop-off this season in performance.

For those of you who missed it, here is the link to download the podcast:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Penn State vs Minnesota LIVE BLOG:

Follow today's game on the Hoops Blog as Penn State takes on the Minnesota Gophers on Alumi weekend in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions will be looking for their first conference win and will be wearing throwback jerseys to be auctioned off after the game to raise money for charity. Updates and analysis of the game will be right here. Feel free to leave comments.

The ComRadio audio feed of this game is available by clicking here

Final Stats -- click to enlarge

Final - 66-64.. Minnesota wins it Quite the exciting finish in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions with a huge steal at the end of the game and they tied it at 64. Minnesota had 8 seconds to bring it down and Lawrence Westbrook put up the game winner at the buzzer for the win. Nothing has gone the Penn State way this season. They now have a record worst start in the BigTen at 0-11.

2:26 - Minnesota leads 60-56 A shot clock violation with about 6:40 left and a technical foul on Tubby Smith (Minnesota coach) has gotten Penn State and the crowd going. But a three ball by DJ Jackson for the lead which was way off the mark, gives the explanation of this Nittany Lion season. Can the Nittany Lions finally finish out a game on top? We shall see. Both teams right now in the double bonus. Speaking of which, Penn State is 13-20 from the charity stripe today. Clearly a big factor in the game. (MEW)

7:52 - Minnesota leads 53-49 Chris Babb sparked a Penn State run with a big three and the BJC is the loudest it has been in a while. Penn State at first was not necessarily taking the smartest shots but now look a little bit better and they remain right in this game. The only problem (or is it?) is they now have 9 fouls. Minnesota is not the greatest free throw shooting team however... at least not normally. They are 12 of 15 today. Penn State is breaking down defensively a little bit but they need to stay strong and continue to make smart shots. Do not just keep chucking up threes! (MEW)

12:05 Minnesota leads 47-42 Penn State is still in this game of course but they seem to be giving Minnesota more chances inside then they did in the first half. The Lions are also having a hard time converting their free throws which could end up being the difference in this game. However, the Lions are driving a little better than they were before and giving themselves opportunities allowing them to stay competitive. Penn State though needs to convert back to the style of defense they were playing earlier. (MEW)

15:02 - Minnesota leads 44-38 Penn State has come out firing a lot of threes. Babb started out hot and then got a little bit cold. DJ Jackson now has double digit points for a fifth consecutive game. He has 11. Battle has just 7 so far. Nothing seems to have changed drastically on the defensive side for Penn State. Offensively though they need to drive more and stop chucking up threes as that will not work... especially if they keep missing. (MEW)

- Halftime Stats -- click to enlarge

Halftime - Minnesota leads 36-30 Penn State is still right in this game. I think their defense inside has been stellar but Minnesota has been able to make adjustments. The Lions are also doing a nice job driving and creating opportunities for themselves. It has been a fairly evenly matched game thus far and the team that is smarter and has the most energy in the second half will be the team who comes out on top at the end. (MEW)

3:46 - Minnesota leads 31-27 Penn State is shooting relatively well. They started this last sequence hot with Andrew Jones having a nice bucket and then Babb draining the three to tie the game at 24. Penn State's defense is still strong inside but Minnesota is absorbing the contact and still getting open looks from the outside. Penn State is playing well enough to win though. They need to keep it close as the half winds down. (MEW)

7:05 - Minnesota leads 24-19 Talor Battle is in "this team is all me mode." He is chucking up a lot of shots. He had a nice steal and a pull up three earlier and before the media timeout he had another three ball. He also tried a nice behind the back pass inside to Ott... but Ott is a goof and couldn't handle the ball. Meanwhile Hoffarber of Minnesota is still flawless from beyond the arc. He is 3 of 5 already. Hoffarber and Jackson each lead their respective teams thus far with 9 points a piece. Rebounds right now are even which is a good sign for Penn State as that is something they have had trouble with all year. But Penn State is moving its feet underneath and getting to the ball. They just need to be smart with the ball and score a little more. (MEW)

- Stats so far -- click to enlarge

11:06 - Minnesota leads 14-12 Penn State looks better defensively. Minnesota some opportunities for more threes but not able to convert all of them. They have been good at putting the ball in even with contact from Penn State. But offensively, Penn State is a little bit sloppy with the ball but still has good ball movement. It is still a 2 point game. Penn State has all the potential to keep it close and win this one. It is early, but Penn State needs to stay strong. (MEW)

15:49 - Minnesota leads 7-5: Penn State is keeping Minnesota to the outside so far defensively but that is not necessarily a good thing with Blake Hoffarber leading the nation in 3 point FG percentage. He's 1-1 from three point land so far. Penn State is doing a good job trying to create opportunities in the lane and they too have proven they can hit the outside shot with a nice three ball from David Jackson. Penn State needs to stay tough and be physical in order to win this game and they can't give wide open looks on the outside. (MEW)

20:00 - Under way at the BJC!