Penn State (1-1) vs. Providence (2-0)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Coliseo Ruben Rodriquez (12,000) -- Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: PSU 1-0, Providence 2-0. Away Record: PSU
0-0, Providence 0-0. Neutral Record: PSU 0-1, Providence 0-1. Conference
Record: PSU 0-0, Providence 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: After losses in their opening-round games, the Penn State Nittany
Lions and Providence Friars will face off in a consolation game of the Puerto
Providence won its first two games of the season at home against NJIT (64-63)
and Bryant University (81-49), before traveling to Puerto Rico to take on
UMass in the opening round of this event. The Friars climbed back from 11
points down to eventually take a three-point lead late in the game, but the
Minutemen scored the final five points of the game, including a game-winning
basket on a tip-in in the waning moments, as they fell in a 77-75 final.
Penn State managed to reduce its deficit to just seven points in the second
half of its opening-round matchup with the sixth-ranked NC State Wolfpack, but
that's as close as it would get down the stretch as it eventually fell, 72-55.
The loss comes on the heels of a home-opening win against Saint Francis last
These two squads have only met twice before with each winning once. Penn State
won the most recent encounter during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
The Nittany Lions could find very little momentum offensively against NC State
as they drained just 31.7 percent of their field goal attempts, including a
lowly 3-of-19 effort from three-point range. For the second straight game, Tim
Frazier scored 23 points to lead the team, and although he made just 6-of-20
field goal attempts, he went nearly perfect at the free-throw line (10-of-11).
Frazier now has 20 career games with 20 or more points, and he became the 30th
player in school history to join the 1,000-point club. D.J. Newbill chipped in
with 13 points, and Jermaine Marshall tallied 11 points, eight rebounds, two
steals and a block, although he didn't have much luck from beyond the arc,
making just one of his seven long-range attempts. Jon Graham scored just four
points but he ripped down a career-high 10 boards.
After shooting just 42.4 percent from the field in the first half, Providence
got back in the game against UMass by shooting 57.1 percent after
intermission, but it proved futile. The Friars are still having difficulty
knocking down three-pointers, and after a 5-of-19 effort from beyond the arc
last night, they are just 16-of-55 (.290) through three games. Bryce Cotton
continued his outstanding start to the season with 23 points, which included a
perfect 8-of-8 effort from the free-throw line. Cotton, who also added a team-
high five assists, is the team's leading scorer with 22.7 ppg. Kadeem Batts
was also effective as he narrowly missed a double-double with 19 points and
nine boards while also adding three assists and a blocked shot. LaDontae
Harris registered 13 points and 11 boards, while Josh Fortune chipped in with
Providence's psyche may be damaged a bit after dropping a heartbreaker, but it
will only give it more motivation to come out strong against Penn State. The
Lions have some scorers that can sway the game in their favor, but figure the
Friars to utilize their depth to pull out a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Providence 80, Penn State 71
11/16 10:37:30 ET