Big Second Half Dooms Mount St. Mary's in Loss at Penn State
University Park, Pa. (December 18, 2011)—Mount St. Mary's lost at Penn State, 72-43, on Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State broke open a three-point game at the half to surge to the win.
Penn State (7-5) scored the first nine points of the second half to take control of the game. Leading 28-25 at the break, the Nittany Lions scored the first nine points after the intermission for a 37-25 advantage.
After the Mount (1-9) cut the deficit to 45-34 on a Chad Holley basket with 12:19 left, Penn State sealed the game with a 22-to-2 spurt to make the score 67-36 with 3:40 remaining.
Raven Barber paced the Mount with 11 points and five rebounds while Holley added 10 points. Ja'Colby Wells, after missing the first nine games of the year due to injury, had seven points and two rebounds in 15 minutes. Danny Thompson pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for the Mountaineers.
Tim Frazier led five Penn State players in double figures with 15 points, followed by Cammeron Woodyard (14), Billy Oliver (13), Jermaine Marshall (10) and Sasa Borovnjak (10).
The Nittany Lions shot 50.9 percent from the field in the game, including 66.7 percent (18-of-27) in the second half. The Mount was held to 36.2 percent shooting in the game, including 3-of-17 (.176) from three-point range.
The Mount scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Kristijan Krajina and Thompson, but the Nittany Lions answered with back-to-back three-pointers.
Holley hit a three-pointer and a jumper to cut the deficit to 10-9 before a 7-0 Penn State run pushed the margin to eight points. Trailing 21-13 with 7:16 left in the half, the Mount closed the half on a 12-to-7 run to cut the deficit to 28-25.
Holley led the Mount with eight points in the half while Barber added six. The Mount held Penn State to 34.5 percent from the field in the half.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Thursday, December 22, with a 6:00 p.m. game at Savannah State.