Penn State Vs. Duquesne: Dukes Win, 66-59

Penn State looks to avoid a three-game skid against the Dukes.

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Penn State Basketball: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Duquesne Edition

A deeper look at Penn State's loss against the Dukes.

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Penn State Vs. Duquesne: Post-Game Reaction

The Duquesne Dukes defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 66-59 at the CONSOL Energy Center Saturday night. Afterwards, a hoarse Pat Chambers sat down with the media to talk about the loss.

First is Penn State head coach Pat Chambers. He was very displeased with the team's 23 turnovers and how they handled the Duquesne pressure defense. He would also like to see Tim Frazier take more control of the offense while putting up more shots. 

 

Duquesne coach Ron Everhart also talked to the media following the game. He was proud of the effort Eric Evans and Jerry Jones put forth tonight. The Dukes rolled in the second half of tonight's game, outscoring the Lions 37-27 while forcing 23 total turnovers.


Finally, Duquesne players Eric Evans and Jerry Jones were on hand to speak after the game. The two were instrumental in the Dukes' second half success. Jones has been a pleasant surprise for the Dukes and looks forward to contributing. Eric Evans is showing that he wants to be the team's leader as a senior as this season has gone along.


 


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Penn State vs. Duquesne: Turnovers Doom Nittany Lions In Loss

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers wasn't happy with his team's 13 turnovers in a loss against Lafayette on Wednesday night back in Happy Valley.

He was even less thrilled with the Nittany Lions' 23 in their 66-59 loss against Duquesne on Saturday night at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

"Twenty-three is too many," Chambers said after the game. "I've got to do a better job of continuing to teach where to be on the floor and how to meet passes and want the basketball,"

The Lions dominated the Dukes 39-28 on the boards and outshot their opponents 42.9%-41.5%. The Dukes' extra opportunities off the turnovers, however, proved fatal for a Penn State team that fell to 1-3 away from the Bryce Jordan Center this season.

Early in the year, the Lions were on the other end of the turnover margin. They forced 26 in their season-opening win against Hartford and followed that up with 16 forced turnovers against Radford on Nov. 14.

Now, however, Chambers and his team are looking for answers to what is increasingly becoming a giveaway problem.

"When you're in a tight game and you're on the road, you get a little nervous," Chambers said. "We've got a youthful team. Inexperienced team. They were a little tight, made poor decisions."

Billy Oliver and Jermaine Marshall were Penn State's worst turnover offenders, giving the ball away four times each.

Senior guard Tim Frazier had three turnovers, but otherwise rebounded fairly well from an 0-12 shooting performance against Lafayette by scoring 15 points to lead the team. Marshall got into double figures as well with 12 points on 5-13 shooting.

Chambers still wants more from is captain Frazier, though moving forward.

"He's got to take 20 shots. He only took nine," Chambers said. "I'd like to see him put it up more. He's not used to that role."

Penn State will take the next week off for finals before returning to action on Dec. 18 against Mount St. Mary's back at the Bryce Jordan Center.

NOTES: Freshman guard Trey Lewis returned to Penn State's lineup after missing the Lafayette game and playing limited minutes against Mississippi on Sunday with an aggravated ankle injury. He played eight minutes, committed three fouls and was 0-1 shooting from the field...Freshman forward Jonathan Graham is expected to miss at least another week while recovering from mono.

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Penn State Vs. Duquesne: Dukes Put Away Lions

Despite being given numerous opportunities at making a late run, the Duquesne Dukes were able to hold off the Penn State Nittany Lions and secure a 66-59 victory.

The Lions were able to get the score down to four points, however the Dukes were able to keep the ball away from Penn State for much of the late stages of the game.

Eric Evans hit two foul shots to make it a 63-56 game with under a minute remaining, but a Jermaine Marshall 3-pointer with 37.6 seconds remaining cut it to 63-59.

After a missed free throw, Penn State had a chance to make it closer, but Cameron Woodyard missed a 3-pointer that the Dukes recovered. A turnover created led to Duquesne putting the game on ice with three more free-throws to put it away.

Keep it tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh and this stream for post-game reaction from CONSOL Energy Center. 

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Penn State Vs. Duquesne: Dukes and Lions Headed For Close Finish

The Dukes and Lions have continued their second-half chess match, with the Dukes still holding the lead.

The hustle from Duquesne has really shown as of late, as the loose balls and rebounds that got away from them early in the contest are now going their way.

The foul situation is favoring Penn State, as Duquesne has comitted eight fouls to the Lions' four.

Duquesne has had a couple chances for daggers, but missed three-pointers and dropped passes on layups have allowed Penn State to stick around.

Eric Evans currently sits with a game-high 15 points while Penn State's Tim Frazier is right behind with 13.

While the momentum has been with the Dukes, Penn State is just a few big plays from getting control back.

With 3 minutes remaining, Duquesne leads Penn State 59-52. Keep it here at SB Nation Pittsburgh for updates down the stretch at CONSOL Energy Center.

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Penn State Vs. Duquesne: Dukes Continue Fast Play

The Dukes saw their lead grow to double digits with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the half, however Penn State has been able to slow things down some and get a little control of the tempo.

Duquesne's Jerry Jones has continued his hot play, as his point total has swelled to 12, with many of his points coming in transition.

Duquesne is shooting 10-for-18 in the second half (55.6 percent) while Penn State has shot only 37.5 percent.

While the fouls have been coming in bunches tonight, each team has only shot two in the second half. Look for foul shooting to be a key down the stretch.

Duquesne is going to attempt to slow things down some with the lead and the clock on their side. Penn State has gone to a four guard look to try and get some outside shooting help.

With 6:45 remaining in the game, Duquesne holds a 53-46 lead.

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Penn State Vs. Duquesne: Dukes Find Separation From Lions

Following the media timeout, the Dukes picked up two quick baskets, before blowing things open with an 11-0 run to gain a 48-39 lead.

Eric Evans has come on strong in the second half for the Dukes, as he now has a game-high 13 points. He becomes the team's second player in double-digits, as Sean Johnson is sitting with 10, despite being in foul trouble.

The Lions are struggling with the pressure of the Dukes, committing five turnovers already in the second half. 

Penn State is still controlling the boards, holding a 29-19 edge, but the Lions have gone ice-cold from the field. The opportunities down low are still there for them, but they must do a better job taking care of the ball. 

The game has really opened up to a frantic pace, something that will favor the Dukes down the stretch if it continues.

With 10:53 remaining in the contest, Duquesne holds a 50-42 advantage.

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Penn State Vs. Duquesne: Dukes and Lions Continue Chess Match

After a poor half shooting, the Dukes came out with a 7-2 run in the first two minutes of the half to give Duquesne a 37-35 lead, leading Pat Chambers to call Penn State's second time out of the game. Penn State has weathered the storm however and avoided a big run.

The Dukes' efforts to find a big man that can stop the Lions down low have come up short so far. Martins Abele came out to start the second half for the Dukes but quickly returned to the bench after committing his third foul. Mammadou Datt's first action of the night resulted in two fouls in little time. 

Penn State continues to turn the ball over due to the pressure of the Dukes, but their ability to keep the Dukes to just four points off turnovers has been key.

Matt Glover of Penn State and Sean Johnson of Duquesne both sit with three fouls.

With 15:08 remaining in the second half, the score is tied at 39.

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Penn State vs. Duquesne: Nittany Lions Lead At Half

After one half here at the CONSOL Energy Center, Penn State leads Duquesne 32-29. Here are some stats.

Tim Frazier leads Penn State in scoring with eight points. He also has five rebounds and an assist. Sasa Borovnjak has six points and five rebounds off the bench. Jermaine Marshall has five points and five rebounds.

For Duquesne, Sean Johnson is the bigger scorer with eight points. Eric Evans has five points while B.J. Monteiro has four points to go with three rebounds.

Penn State dominated the rebounding battle 22-12 overall and 5-3 in the offensive end. The Nittany Lions were 2-10 from the perimeter, while the Dukes were 3-16. Overall, Penn State is shooting 46.2% to Duquesne's 30.8%. On the free throw line, Penn State is 6-8. Duquesne is 10-14.

Penn State already has 10 turnovers, while Duquesne has seven.

For updates throughout the second half, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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Penn State vs. Duquesne: Lions Defending Perimeter Well

Penn State is dominating on the boards as expected. The Nittany Lions have pushed their rebounding margin to +10 and currently lead in that department by a margin of 19-9. We'll see if that continues.

The refs continue to call a lot of fouls. Both teams are in the bonus, and Patrick Ackerman just checked in for the Lions. He has played sparingly all season, but given the foul situation, Chambers clearly wants to make sure he has his guys further up the bench for later on.

These two teams are very even early on. Neither can get much separation in the early going as the shooting percentages remain relatively low. Duquesne is struggling especially from the perimeter. They're just 3-11 now after a hot start, something that has to make Penn State coach Patrick Chambers pretty happy.

With 3:22, Penn State leads Duquesne by a score of 28-24 here at CONSOL Energy Center.

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Penn State vs. Duquesne: Dukes Take The Lead

Hearing Indiana defeated Kentucky on a buzzer-beater in Bloomington. That's a big win for the Big Ten. It's also a message to the rest of the conference that that Hooisers are apparently a doormat no more. That's bad news for Penn State, as Indiana has been one its easier wins in conference recently. The Nittany Lions are going to have to step up their game against the Hoosiers now.

Back here at CONSOL, Tim Frazier just scored his first field goal since the Mississippi game on a dunk. Frazier was 0-12 in the loss against Lafayette on Wednesday night, so we'll see if that gets him going again. He remains Penn State's leading scorer at 17.6 points per game.

Penn State has some early foul trouble. Cammeron Woodyard, Ross Travis, Matt Glover and Trey Lewis all have two fouls already. We'll see how coach Patrick Chambers handles that.

With 7:55 remaining in the first half, Duquesne leads Penn State, 24-22.

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Penn State vs. Duquesne: Trey Lewis Makes Return

Sean Johnson is torching Penn State early. He scored eight points for the Dukes before the first media timeout, six of them coming on 3-point attempts. He enters as Duquesne's leading scorer at 16.3 points per game, so the Nittany Lions have to keep better track of him, because he could have a big night if he continues to score at this pace.

Trey Lewis has checked into the game for his first action since the Mississippi game on Sunday, in which he played very little. He's been bothered by an existing ankle injury, so it'll be interesting to see how he comes back from the injury.

Billy Oliver is out of the gate strong, already with five points. He's had an up-and-down season to this point, but the junior looks to be a calming force out there here on the road.

With 11:26 to play in the first half, Penn State leads Duquesne, 20-18.

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Penn State vs. Duquesne: Lions Look For Rebounding Advantage

Ross Travis gets Penn State on the board to start the evening with a put back of a Billy Oliver miss. Offensive rebounding for the Nittany Lions will be a big key, as they have a significant advantage against the Dukes on the boards. Penn State enters ranked No. 95 nationally in rebounding. Duquesne is ranked No. 330.

Travis is active early for Penn State. He's been becoming a bigger and bigger presence in the offense lately, scoring double figures in two of the last four games. We'll see if he can exploit his height advantage tonight to keep his offensive momentum going.

The Dukes are already finding success against Penn State on the perimeter. The Lions have given up 20 3-pointes in their last two games, so it'd be in their best interests to shape up quickly tonight, or risk negating their advantage down low.

With 14:38 remaining in the first half, Penn State leads Duquesne, 14-13.

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Penn State vs. Duquesne: Trey Lewis In Uniform

Greetings from courtside at the Consol Energy Center ahead of Penn State-Duquesne.

Nittany Lions' guard Trey Lewis is in uniform and is expected to play tonight. He missed Wednesday night's loss against Lafayette after tweaking his preseason ankle injury. Forward Jonathan Graham is expected to miss at least another week as he continues to recover from mono.

A group of about 60 members of Nittany Nation, Penn State's student section, are here tonight, along with a decent showing of Lions fans. This is Penn State's first game in Pittsburgh in quite some time, so local fans are no doubt taking advantage of the chance to see one of their teams in action close to home.

Penn State will start Ross Travis and Billy Oliver at forward and Jermaine Marshall, Tim Frazier and  Matt Glover at the guard spots. The Dukes will start T.J. McConnell, B.J. Monteiro, Sean Johnson, Eric Evans and Martins Abele.

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Penn State Vs. Duquesne: Nittany Lions Look To Snap Losing Streak

Penn State looks to avoid a three-game skid against the Dukes.

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