It was a struggle at the Palestra on Saturday for the Red and Blue. After playing a game with very little offense at Penn State a year ago, the Quakers watched the Nittany Lions put on an offensive clinic, putting up 47 points in the first half alone before beating Penn, 83-71. Here’s the Good, the Bad & the Ugly:
The Good: Darien Nelson-Henry
While the Quakers fell behind early, it was the sophomore center who helped the Red and Blue back into the game. His 21 points and five rebounds led the team, as Nelson-Henry was a force in the paint for the entire second half. He went 11-for-11 from the free-throw line and was able to make Penn’s deficit respectable as the game went on.
The Bad: The First Half
There was nothing particularly great for Penn in the first half. After Penn State got a three on its first possession by Donovan Jack, it was off to the races as the Nittany Lions shot over 50 percent in the first half while also making six threes. Meanwhile, Penn’s offense was very forced and limited by a lack of transition opportunities, leading to the Lions extending their lead all the way to a whopping 25 points.
The Ugly: FOULS
My goodness, there were way too many fouls in this game, 53 to be exact. The second half featured ALL OF THE FOULS as the two sides combined for 35 personal fouls in the final 20 minutes. With both teams in the bonus, much of the second half was played at the free throw line with 63 total free throws in the game. In total, four players fouled out: Miles Cartwright for Penn and Julian Moore, Brandon Taylor and Jack for the Nittany Lions. Not a pretty game overall.Comments powered by Disqus
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