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Penn State Drops First Road Contest At Ole Miss, 84-71

While Penn State's defense has gotten better so far this season, the Nittany Lions showed they still have some room to grow as they gave up 13 three-pointers to Mississippi Friday night on their way to an 84-71 loss in Oxford.

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Trevor Gaskins, a 10% three-point shooter entering the game, hit six treys and scored 24 points for the Rebels and teammate Chris Warren had 20. Talor Battle led Penn State with 26 and forwards David Jackson and Jeff Brooks also saw double figures, posting 17 and 15 points respectively.

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Overall, Ole Miss was 13-29 from deep on the evening and shot nearly 52% from the field. The loss marked the first game this season that Penn State has yielded more than 70 points. It drops the Lions to 4-1 for the season as they prepare to host Furman on Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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With games against Maryland and Virginia Tech on the horizon, this was Penn State's chance to get a nice win before those tough matchups. Now, the Lions probably need to take on of those two to break even on their non-conference slate.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.