St. Joseph Vs. Penn State: Jeff Brooks leads Lions Over Hawks, 66-57

Penn State hosts St. Joseph at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State: Lions Beat Hawks 66-57

On a night when not a whole lot went right for the Nittany Lions, Jeff Brooks stepped up big for Penn State.

The senior forward scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 66-57 Lion win plagued by poor shooting from the field and even poorer shooting from three point territory to save Penn State from what might have been a very embarrassing home performance.

The two teams combined to shoot 5-42 from the arc. Penn State was a putrid 1-21 or 4.8%. After David Jackson opened the game with a triple, Penn State went 0-20 from deep. Brothers Talor Battle (0-6) and Taran Buie (0-4) combined to miss half of those.

Despite the offensive woes, though, Penn State managed to lead comfortably through most of the game after falling behind early thanks to another solid defensive performance. The Lions held the Hawks to 19 first half points and forced 19 turnovers. Even without making shots, the defense allowed Penn State to pretty much coast through the evening as St. Joseph's had trouble closing the gap closer than five points.

Battle scored 15 points on a night when he didn't quite have his game together offensively, and credited the team defense for stepping up.

"That's one thing we've really been doing well, I think, and that's defending," Battle said. "There's one thing that can always be constant and that's your energy level and you can really defend."

Battle said coach Ed DeChellis has emphasized energy as Penn State has struggled to get the offense going from the field in the first two games.

One place Penn State looked visibly better Tuesday evening was at the foul line. After looking sub-par in an exhibition game and the season opening win over against Lehigh last Friday, Penn State came out and kept adding points from the stripe while its offense from the field struggled. The Lions hit 25-34 from the strip for 73%, allowing them to keep the Hawks in the distance.

Brooks led the charge from the free throw line, hitting all four of his foul shots in addition to leading all scorers in the game. Battle said Brooks was big for Penn State in the win.

"He's playing really well," Battle said. "He's really taking the pressure off me. Hopefully he continues, which I think he will for the rest of the season. I'm his biggest fan. We came in together and its great to see him really playing to his potential."

Brooks credits his turnaround early this season to rebounding. Through two games, he's averaging nine rebounds, almost five more than he averaged last season. He also grabbed two of Penn State's 13 offensive rebounds, something he feels will be important for Penn State this season.

"I'm going to try to keep it up," Brooks said. "With those offensive boards you get extra possessions and with extra possessions we have an extra chance to score so it's pretty big for our team to get some extra possessions and make sure we get a bucket on every possession."


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State Second Half: Final Score

-Brooks leaves with 16 points and nine boards, one short of a double-double.

-Penn State is over 70% from the line for the game, and they've been shooting a lot of them.

-This place sounds like a funeral home.

-This thing is finally over, Penn State wins 66-57


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State Second Half: Under 4

-St. Joseph's has more turnovers than field goals.

-Game has become borderline unwatchable.

-Penn State is 1-21 from the arc.

-Mercifully 3:41 to play, Lions lead 53-46


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State Second Half: Under 8

-Penn State has not made a three since the first minute of the game. Lions are 1/18, or 5%. Fortunately for them, St. Joe's is 2/17.

-Ed DeChellis just called a time out. St Joe's has closed the gap to nine.

-Jeff Brooks comes out of the timeout with a nice foul line drive. He's the one Penn State player you can say has been convincing tonight with 14 points and nine boards.

-Penn State leads 47-34 with 7:51 to play.


St. Joseph Vs. Penn State Second Half: Under 12

-Hawks hanging ominously close, down only 11.

-Your Taran Buie update: Four points on 3/7 shooting. No coincidence he's 0-4 from the arc and 3/3 when he drives. He needs to play off the bounce to be more successful.

-Penn State has six turnovers in the half, it's no wonder St. Joe's is hanging around.

-Lions lead 39-28 with 11:29 to play.


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State Second Half: Under 16

-Jeff Brooks is off to a hot start in the half with four points so far.

-Another stagnant start to a half, Lions only put up Brooks' four in that segment.

-Penn State leads 34-23 with 15:40 to play.


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State: Halftime Notes

-After a slow start, the Lions warmed up to a half-baked 38% shooting for the half. Credit that to some more inside shots late and a move away from the arc, when the Nittany Lions are a mind-numbing 1/12.

-Correction from earlier, Penn State is 5/6 from the free throw line.

-Jeff Brooks has been active on both ends of the floor. The senior has six points and five rebounds. Those boards have been important, too, as things are locked up 20-20 there.

-How tough has Penn State been on their defensive end? St. Joe's is shooting 20% (5-25) from the field, and has almost half for its 19 points on free throws (8/9). Not only that, but the Hawks already have 11 turnovers, putting them on pace for 22, kind of a lot.

-If Penn State keeps its offense diversified, and doesn't rely to heavily on the three like it did in the first half, it'll win this thing comfortably.


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State First Half: End Of Half

-Lions are starting to attack the basket more. Jeff Brooks is starting to get going down there with six points and Talor Battle is penetrating pretty well, though he's been held to six, well off his 21.0 point per game pace.

-Penn State is starting to get some separation. The defense continues to be superb.

-Penn State leads 30-19 at halftime here at the Bryce Jordan Center.


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State First Half: Under 4

-Refs are calling a bunch of walks on both teams.

-Cammeron Woodyard is seeing some early minutes for Penn State after Taran Buie entered and shot 0-2 from the field, both threes which aren't really his shots.

-Penn State 6-7 from the stripe early.

-Penn State gets a big dunk from Jeff Brooks and forces Phil Martelli to call a time out. Penn State by no means looks good offense right now, but they're getting some confidence going. We'll see if it translates.

-Lions lead 22-17 with 3:12


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State First Half: Under 8

-Penn State is struggling from deep. Lions are 1/10 from deep right now.

-Lions continue to defend. They held St. Joe's to two points in that segment. The rotation looks good and nothing is coming easy. As discouraging as the offense is, the defense is a real bright spot right now.

-Game is tied 13-13 with 7:24


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State First Half: Under 12

-Offense scored exactly 0 points in that four minute segment. Penn State offense has been almost exclusively focused on outside shots and jumpers. No one is attacking the basket.

-Good news is Penn State is defending well yet again. St. Joe's isn't getting anything easy. They are having some sucess generating switches on the perimeter, but Penn State is contesting most of the shots.

-Penn State trails 11-7 with 11:45 in the first half.


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State First Half: Under 16

-Quick pace early. First whistle didn't come until 2:30 into the game, a foul on Tim Frazier.

-Another slow start for Penn State from the field. After David Jackson opened the game with a three, its been cold shooting for Penn State.

-The score is tied 7-7 with 15:15 left in the first half.


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State: Projected Starting Lineups

Here are tonight's projected starting lineups for Penn State's game against St. Joseph's at the Bryce Jordan Center.

St. Joseph's (0-1)

F-Idris Hilliard, 12.0 points per game

F- C.J. Aiken, 8.0

G-Carl Jones, 17.0

G-Langston Galloway, 13.0

G-Justin Crosgile, 8.0

Penn State (1-0)

F-Jeff Brooks, 10.0 points per game

F-Andrew Jones, 4.0

F-David Jackson, 14.0

G-Tim Frazier, 6.0

G-Talor Battle, 21.0


St. Joseph's Vs. Penn State: Primer With Dan Earl

The Penn State All Sports Blog caught up with Nittany Lion assistant Dan Earl to talk about tonight's game with St. Joeseph's.


St. Joseph Vs. Penn State: Hawks Invade Bryce Jordan Center

Following a season-opening win against Lehigh, Penn State looks for its second victory of the year in a game against St. Joseph tonight at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Hawks come to Happy Valley off a  98-70 defeat at the hands of Western Kentucky on Friday. Phil Martelli's squad is coming off an 11-20 season, his worst at St. Joseph's, and will bring a young squad into the Jordan Center on dollar dog night at the arena.

Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said his team is preparing to hit the glass against the Hawks.

"They’re very fast and very athletic with guys who can score," DeChellis said in his press conference. "If they make shots, they’re kind of a team that starts to feel pretty good about themselves and they can play that well and will be a hard team to defend."

The game will be broadcast on, with a free live stream, as part of the network's 24-hour college tip-off marathon.

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