District Roundup: Nittany Lions tame Dukes
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Twenty-three points and 12 rebounds didn't come without a price Saturday for Penn State point guard D.J. Newbill.
Newbill, a sophomore who has replaced injured star Tim Frazier in Penn State's lineup, sported a cut below his eye, a gash on his elbow and also literally blew out one of his size 13 shoes as the Nittany Lions were able to hang on throughout a foul-plagued, physical second half to defeat Duquesne, 84-74, at Bryce Jordan Center at University Park, Pa.
"It was a tough, physical game and that's what is going to happen in the Big Ten," said Newbill, whose 23 points were a career high. "I appreciate those guys getting me ready for the Big Ten."
Newbill, who gave Penn State (8-4) an 80-74 lead with 39 seconds remaining by sinking a foul shot, closed things out with two rebounds and two more free throws with six seconds left.
"D.J. was awesome, I love it," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "He's a [Philadelphia] guard. If you don't come out with blood on you and scraped-up knees, you haven't played hard. I'm glad we were put in that position because we're going to be in it again."
A total of 54 fouls were called in the game and six players fouled out. Newbill was forced to change his uniform shorts because of blood stains. Shortly after that, one of his sneakers rolled under and broke, and he quickly emerged from the bench wearing two shoes of different colors.
Duquesne (7-7), which hasn't won at Penn State since 1986, has lost five of its six road games this season.
"It was a real physical game," coach Jim Ferry said. "We played hard but we kept having empty possessions. We got them into foul trouble and we got some rebounds, but we got no production from our interior players."
Penn State built a 39-28 halftime lead on the strength of runs of 11-0 and 8-0. The second was enabled by two technical fouls called on the Dukes bench late in the half. Penn State's Marshall converted 3 of 4 free throws between a Nick Colella 3-pointer and a Sasa Borovnjak basket.
What prompted the technical fouls was a mystery to Ferry.
"You'll have to ask the guys in the stripes. I was in my box and I didn't curse, but I will stand up for my kids every single night," he said.
• Pitt 91, Buffalo 77: Brianna Kiesel's 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting led Pitt (8-4) to its highest scoring output of the season in a win at Buffalo (2-10).
• Duquesne 54, Dartmouth 39: Jocelyn Floyd had 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Duquesne (11-1) past host Dartmouth (1-10).
• Allegheny 82, Medgar Evers 6: Daryl Ford and Makenzie Zidek scored 12 points apiece as Allegheny dominated host Medgar Evers (0-12). The Gators (6-5) led, 47-4, at halftime and forced 47 turnovers.
First Published December 30, 2012 12:00 am