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Penn State uses late rally to pull away from Cornell

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Penn State used a 10-3 run in the final 87 seconds to break a 64-64 tie and defeat Ivy League foe Cornell on Wednesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College.

Penn State will head to the holidays riding a two-game win streak after shooting7-of-14 from three in the second half to dispatch a determined Cornell (4-6) team, 74-67, Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Nittany Lions (8-5) turned in their second-straight 44-pointsecond half to turn a one-point halftime deficit, 31-30, into their eighth non-conference win of the season, surpassing the 7-4 pre-Big Ten mark of last year’s NCAA Tournament team. Junior guard Tim Frazier (Houston, Texas) once again led the way with his fourth double-double of the season. The 6-1 point-guard equaled a career high with 11 rebounds to go with his team-high 17 points and six assists.

The Lions got a season-high equaling 30 points off their bench, led by 13 points from freshman Trey Lewis (Garfield Heights, Ohio) who hit a career-best 4-of-6 from three. Cammeron Woodyard (Westminster, Md.) went 3-of-3 from long range, all in the second half, for 13 points and Jermaine Marshall (Etters, Pa.) added12 points for his sixth-straight double-digit outing.

Cornell led for most of the first half and stayed close through the second, tying the game at 64 with 1:54 to play, behind 20 points on 6-of-11from three from senior guard Drew Ferry. Ferry entered the game ranked No. 2 in the nation hitting four threes per game. Forward Shonn Miller added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds for a Cornell team that was held to 38 percent shooting, but went 16-of-17 at the foul line.

Penn State won the rebounding battle, 40-33, for the 11th time on the season and posted its sixth 70-point game, surpassing its total of five last year. The Lions got to the foul line 30 times, making 22, and committed just two second-half turnovers, after 10 in the first half, to help overcome 11 Cornell threes.

Cornell held a 37-34 lead with under 17 minutes to play when theLions went on a 9-0 run to seize the lead. Four different players scored in the run, including Billy Oliver (Chatham, N.J.) who hit one of his three treys in the game for nine points.When Frazier converted a pair of free throws with 14:07 to go, Penn State led 43-37.

Penn State built the lead to as much as seven before Cornell used a 7-0 run to knot the game at 49 with 9:53 to play. Woodyard answered with back-to-back threes and Penn State led, 55-51, with 7:29 to play.

Cornell scored the next four points, the last two on a tip-in from Dave LaMore, to tie the game at 55. Frazier hit a free throw and Woodyard buried his third three to give the Lions a 59-55 lead. Ferry drained one of his six threes, but Oliver answered 14 seconds later from long range and Penn State clung to a 62-58 lead with five minutes to play.

Ferry struck again from long range to get Cornell within two andChris Wroblewski hit his second three of the game to tie the game at 64 with 1:54 to go. Marshall, who scored eight points in the first half, would get all four of his second half points in the next minute as he drew a foul and hit two at the foul line and then converted a driving lay-up after a Nittany Lion timeout to put the Lions up 68-64 with 35 seconds to play.

Woodyard hit four-straight at the foul line down the stretch to stave of Ferry’s final three of the game with 22 seconds left and Frazier iced the game with two at the charity stripe after a Lewis steal.

Penn State trailed by one, 31-30, at the half after hitting just 31 percent and committing 10 turnovers. Cornell opened the game red-hot beforePenn State’s defense cooled the Big Red to 33 percent shooting in the half.

Cornell hit its first four from three and five straight from thefield to leap to a 12-5 lead. A pair of threes from Lewis had the Lions down 14-11.

Cornell pushed its lead to eight, 21-13, following a pair of free throws from Miller. Penn State used a 5-0 run to get within three, 21-18, following put-back from Matt Glover (Orange, Calif.). The Lions employed a 1-2-2 press that increased the tempo and forced Cornell turnovers.

Cornell led 26-21 late in the half when the Lions strung together a 7-0 run to take a 28-26 lead, its first since 5-3, following a Frazier runner off the glass. Frazier and Marshall, who had a team-high eight first-half points, did all the scoring in the run.

A Ferry three gave Cornell a 31-28 lead before Frazier closed the first half scoring with a pair at the foul line.

The Nittany Lions will take a break for the Holidays before returning to State College on Dec. 26. Penn State will open its 20th Big Ten season on Dec. 29 at No. 20-ranked Michigan. That game will tip at 7:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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