Penn State picked up the victory in its non-conference finale on Wednesday night, defeating Cornell 74-67 at the Bryce Jordan Center after trailing 31-30 at halftime.
Tim Frazier was active in both ends, scoring 17 points and dishing six assists, but also grabbing 11 rebounds. Cammeron Woodyard and Trey Lewis had 13 points each, while Jermaine Marshall contributed 12 to go with four rebounds.
It was another strong night on the glass for the Nittany Lions as they outrebounded their opponents 40-33 and 16-9 on the offensive glass. The rebounding performance helped them overcome a lackluster 37.5 percent shooting effort from the field.
Drew Ferry scored 20 points on 6-11 shooting from 3-point territory to lead the Big Red. Shonn Miller also had a strong effort, scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
The win gave the Lions more wins in this non-conference season (8) than they earned in last year's run to their first NCAA Tournament birth in 10 years.
Coach Patrick Chambers will now guide his team into its Dec. 29 Big Ten opener against Michigan in Ann Arbor.