Penn State vs. Mississippi: Lions Fall 72-70 Late

Penn State will get a chance for a resume-building win at home.

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Penn State vs. Mississippi: Rebels Nip Nittany Lions Late

For a second-straight year, Penn State was gashed by a Mississippi Rebel in a painful defeat as it dropped a 72-70 decision against Ole Miss at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday night.

Last season, it was Trevor Gaskins who torched the Lions for 24 points in an 84-71 triumph and on Sunday, it was Jarvis Summers' 27 points that proved to be Penn State's undoing.

Summers' 4-5 shooting performance from 3-point territory fueled an 11-24 attack from beyond the perimeter for Ole Miss. Though they entered the game shooting just 20.7% from deep, the Rebels were able to keep pace with the Nittany Lions and earn their first road win against a Big Ten team in program history.

"I thought Jarvis Summers was tremendous," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said after the game of Summers' career-high in scoring. The Jackson, Miss. native's previous career high was 14 points.

The Lions held a lead as late as the final minute in regulation, but Summers rose to the occasion, scoring a basket-and-one with :34 left to put Ole Miss ahead for good.

Penn State had a couple shots to tie the game, but Tim Frazier missed a deep 3-pointer with :21 seconds left that proved to be the team's last good look, save for a desperate heave by Cammeron Woodyard with :03 remaining.

Though the shot looked like it could have been rushed and ill-advised, Frazier said he thought it was the best shot he thought he had available. His coach, Patrick Chambers, stood by the decision in his comments after the game.

"It's your best player," Chambers said. "He's got to learn how to make plays at the end of the game."

Frazier finished the night with a balanced stat line of 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Three other Lions, Woodyard, Jermaine Marshall and Sasa Borovnjak finished in double figures as well, with Borovnjak leading the group with 15 points.

Penn State returns to action on Wednesday night when it hosts Lafayette at 7 p.m.

Notes: Chambers said after the game that forward Jonathan Graham has mono and will be out of action for at least the next two weeks. Graham did not play against Mississippi on Sunday night.


Penn State vs. Mississippi: Nittany Lions Hold Slim Edge

Tim Frazier scores four quick points to extend Penn State's lead to six. He's quietly having a very effective night with 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds thus far with plenty of time left to at least edge into double-double territory. He's getting more help tonight than he's used to with Sasa Borovnjak and Jermaine Marshall playing well, and its allowing him to distribute the ball to his teammates more.

Billy Oliver is hitting the boards hard for Penn State at the moment. He's gotten several elbows in the face and has been knocked down, but he keeps fighting. Again, good to see from the forwards who've been pretty passive in their play this season.

Ole Miss goes on a run to pull to within one at 56-55 with 6:39 remaining in the game. Penn State has let its lead slip away and it's now or never if they Lions are going to hold on and get this important win at home.


Penn State vs. Mississippi: Nittany Lions Take The Lead

Penn State retook the lead from the Rebels ahead of the first media timeout of the second half thanks to 3-pointers from Jermaine Marshall and Billy Oliver. Coming out of the timeout, Marshall kept his foot on the gas and earned a basket-and-one to give the Nittany Lions their biggest lead of the game at five, 42-28.

Another quick spurt, this one a 6-2 run stakes Penn State to a 48-40 lead with 13:16 remaining and forces Ole Miss to call timeout. Marshall and Sasa Borovnjak are both in double figures now with 10 points each. This is two-straight strong performances from Marshall, who started the season suspended by coach Patrick Chambers. It's also a nice effort from Borovnjak, still feeling the effects of his ACL injury last offseason.

After Penn State rushed out to the 8-point lead however, two quick baskets by Mississippi's Nick Williams slash the Ole Miss deficit to three, With 11:27 to play in the half, the Nittany Lions now lead 48-45.


Penn State vs. Mississippi: Rebels Hold Lead At Half

Cammeron Woodyard breaks the Ole Miss run for Penn State with a layup and 3-pointer. Rebels still lead but Penn State looks a little more organized offensively.

Sasa Borovnjak pulls Penn State even at 30 with a gritty bucket underneath. He's up to eight points on the evening to tie for the team lead. If you're coach Patrick Chambers, you have to like that production from a forward. Penn State's bigs have struggled to score this season but Borovnjak has entered tonight and made an impact thus far.

Mississippi's Murphy Holloway just posterized Billy Oliver with a two-handed slam in his face. Powerful stuff there.

The teams are trading the lead now as we head down the stretch here in the half. Both are on a 70-point pace. Setting up for a good second half of basketball here at the Jordan Center.

At the half, Ole Miss leads Penn State 35-34.


Penn State vs. Mississippi: Rebels Pull Ahead

Quick programming note: yours truly will be heading down to the football bowl announcement teleconference at about 7:00 p.m. so there will likely be a gap in the liveblogging of this game.

Back to the action on the floor...

The 3-pointers continue at a dizzying pace for both teams. Neither of these teams shoot from deep particularly well, so it's odd to see this turn into a game of H-O-R-S-E. They're both hot tonight, though, so we'll see if that lasts.

Ross Travis returns to the game and gets a hand from the crowd. Fans are clearly warming up to his hustle here early in the season.

The Rebels have staked themselves to a bit of a lead here as Penn State's offense has been disorganized in the last couple of trips. With 7:49 left in the half, Penn State trails 27-21. We'll see if they clean things up after the timeout.


Penn State vs. Mississippi: Hot Shooting Gets Hotter

Ole Miss is looking for its first win on the road against a Big Ten team tonight. Nittany Lions carrying the pride of the conference on their shoulders in this one. 

Coming out of the timeout, Dundrecous Nelson drills another 3-pointer for Mississippi. That's the third triple Penn State has given up already. Perimeter defense has to get better.

Billy Oliver commits another bad turnover. He's really not helping the cause this evening.

Terrence Henry hits a 3-pointer for Ole Miss and Penn State's Matt Glover answers on the other end. It is raining deep ones here in the early going. The Rebels entered with poor perimeter shooting numbers, so Penn State clearly wants them to show they can hit the shots before it rotates its defense out. Might have to start rethinking that strategy given the turn of events early here.

With 11:56 to play in the first half, Penn State and Ole Miss are tied, 17-17.


Penn State vs. Mississippi: Teams Trade Triples Early

Good evening from the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State's starters this evening are Billy Oliver and Ross Travis at the forwards and Tim Frazier, Jermaine Marshall and Matt Glover at the guards. Nittany Lions going small to start.

Glover gets Penn State's first points of the game and has been very active early, diving on the floor for loose balls and chasing down long rebounds. That's the kind of scrapiness he brings to this lineup.

Sasa Borovnjak is the first man off the bench for Penn State, replacing Billy Oliver, who just committed heinous turnover that led to a triple for Ole Miss. Borovnjak gets on the board on a fast break layup and forces the Rebels to call timeout, down 7-3.

Terrence Henry scores a basket-and-one, and has six early points for Ole Miss. The Rebels have a bunch of dangerous scorers, but Penn State probably wants to clamp down on him before he gets out of hand.

Tim Frazier hits a triple, then Jarvis Summers comes back and hits one of his own. The teams have four 3-pointers between them at the first media timeout. With 15:52 to go in the first half, Penn State and Ole Miss are tied, 9-9.


Penn State vs. Mississippi: Nittany Lions Seek Key Victory

Penn State will get a chance for a resume-building win at home.

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