University Park, Pa. (December 7, 2010)-Talor Battle hit a 30-footer with 1.3 seconds left to snap a 53-53 tie and lift Penn State to a 57-53 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday night. It was the Mount's second-consecutive loss with a shot in the final second.
Junior Lamar Trice made two big shots in the final minute for the Mount, including a drive to the lane with 29 seconds left that evened the score at 53-53.
On the ensuing possession, Penn State worked the ball around to Battle 30-feet from the basket as the clock was winding down. Battle was able to hit the long jumper to give the Nittany Lions (7-2) the lead. The Mount's long inbounds pass went out of bounds, and Battle hit 1-of-2 free throws to make the final score 57-53.
Trailing 51-48, Trice hit a clutch three-pointer from the right wing to tie the game with 1:24 left. On the next possession, Battle was fouled as he drove to the basket and sank both free throws for a 53-51 lead with 52 seconds on the clock, setting up the dramatic finish.
Trice finished with a game-high 16 points off the bench to lead the Mountaineers. Tayvon Jackson added eight points and seven boards while David Golladay chipped in eight points in the loss. Jackson made his second consecutive start in place of Raven Barber, who is out with the flu. Josh Castellanos dished out a career-high seven assists with just one turnover for the Mount.
The Mount (3-6) held Battle, who entered the game averaging 20.3 points, to 13 points on 3-of-14 shooting in the game. Jeff Brooks added 12 points and 13 rebounds while Taran Buie added 10 points off the bench for Penn State.
Mount St. Mary's shot 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the field in the game and was 6-of-6 from the foul line. Penn State shot 42.0 percent (21-of-50) and was 11-for-18 (.611) at the line. Penn State held a 37-to-28 edge on the boards.
In the first half, Penn State opened up a 16-8 lead midway through the half. The Mount cut the deficit to 18-14 after a Golladay floater in the lane and trailed 24-19 when Castellanos banked home a three-pointer from the left wing with 3:15 on the clock.
The Nittany Lions scored the next four points before Trice hit a three-pointer with 16 seconds left in the half to make the score 28-22. On the next possession, Cammeron Woodyard hit a three-pointer at the first half buzzer to send Penn State to a 31-22 halftime lead.
The Mount shot 38.5 percent from the floor in the opening half and were outrebounded 22-to-11. Shawn Atupem paced the Mount with six first-half points while Castellanos dished out five first half assists. Woodyard tallied eight points for Penn State, which was 13-for-29 (.448) from the floor in the half.
The Mount returns to action against longtime rival Loyola on Saturday afternoon with a 4:00 p.m. tip-off at Reitz Arena in Baltimore.
Game Notes...The Mount lost at Quinnipiac, 77-75, on a lay-up with 0.5 seconds left on Saturday afternoon.