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A few minutes from tipoff here. Crowd trickling in slowly. Last tune-up for Lions (five-point favorites) before Big Ten slate begins next week and, frankly, possibly their last good chance for a win for several games.
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Kadeem Pantophlet opens game with 3 for Dukes. Marshall answers with long 2 at other end.
Lions going zone in the early going against a team that loves to jack threes. Could be interesting.
Mid-range j by Newbill pulls Penn State to within 5-4.
Duquesne really pushing the ball. Probably the most athletic squad Lions have seen since LaSalle.
Sasa with a nice catch from Newbill in transition and banks it home. 6-5 PSU, three minutes gone.
Two FTs from Newbill make it 8-5.
Colella draws charge shortly after entering game with Graham and Jack.
Chambers going with line-change style substitutions here in the early going. Knows it will be uptempo affair.
Jerry Jones with a fallaway J for Dukes and it's 11-9 Penn State. Lions have four turnovers in first eight minutes.
Brandon Taylor nails transition three and it's 14-9. Timeout on the floor with 11:17 left in half.
man can taylor shoot, and he has a quick release for a 6-7 guy
Lions regain lead on Newbill transition 3. 17-15.
Colella hits three as Duquesne's Johnson is whistled for a foul on Sasa. Lions up 20-15 and get extra possession, 8:44 left.
Colella with another three and a confident stroke today.
23-15 Lions. Duquesne's Jim Ferry wants a timeout with 8:02 left in half.
Marshall just shot a three that spun at least five times around the rim and fell out, but Sasa put it back and was fouled.
31-20. He missed the FT.
2:43 left in half.
Newbill had some blood on his uniform, so he had to come out of the game and change his shorts.
He did so with the entire team huddled around him to block the crowd's view. Don't see that every day.
Duquesne hanging around. 31-26 after drive by Winters and jumper by Jones.
Colella rattles home 3 with just over a minute left, then draws offensive foul. 34-26.
Technical foul on Duquesne bench. Marshall hits both free throws and Lions will retain possession. 37-26 with 37 seconds left in half.
The key to PSU's better play lately has been the emergence of Sasa IMO
Double technicals on Sasa and Jeremiah Jones.
Dukes' Winters will shoot free throws with six seconds left.
39-28 at halftime. Very good half by Penn State -- smart, efficient, disciplined, and a lot of points without great shooting (40 percent).
Newbill has 11, Colella 9 and Sasa 8. Winters leads Duquesne with 9.
How is Travis looking with his knee or whatever? I am watching on ESPN3, but the video quality is really poor today for some reason.
I know he has zero points, but I am curious if he is running any better than the previous game.
Seems to be moving pretty well and I'm told knee hasn't been an issue this week.
He had two personals in half and Sasa and Colella were playing well.
I've never seen Sasa back someone down and toss a hook shot over them before. I've seen it twice today.
41-30, 57 seconds in.
Sasa again on great screen and roll with Newbill. 43-30.
47-37 after alley-oop to Duquesne's Andre Marhold.
ESPN3 announcers just said we are in a 4 guard offense with Travis and Sasa on the floor. Could you grab the mic from those guys?
Colella nails 3 from right corner and has career-high 12 points now. 50-39 Penn State, 16 minutes left.
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