The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 1, 2012

College basketball briefs 12/02/2012


Pitt rallies by Detroit in 2nd half

PITTSBURGH – Talib Zanna scored 16 points and Tray Woodall added 14 as Pitt rallied past Detroit 74-61 on Saturday night.

Lamar Patterson added 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Panthers (7-1), who overwhelmed the Titans (2-4) in the second half. Ray McCallum led Detroit (2-4) with 24 points, but the Titans shot just 32 percent (9 of 28) in the final 20 minutes to drop their third straight.

Detroit dominated for most of the first half, leading by as much as 13, but could do little when McCallum cooled off. The junior scored just five points after halftime as Pitt extended its defense to try and knock him off rhythm.

Marshall leads Penn State past Penn

STATE COLLEGE – Jermaine Marshall scored 18 points and two other Penn State players scored in double figures in a 58-47 win over Pennsylvania.

Marshall was fouled hard by Jamal Lewis on a breakaway with just under two minutes remaining. Lewis was ejected from the game after receiving a flagrant foul, and Marshall hit both free throws to give Penn State a 54-44 lead.

The Nittany Lions (4-3) didn’t look back from there, outscoring the Quakers 9-3 during the stretch.

Penn (2-6) never led in the second half, but kept Penn State’s lead in single digits for much of the half. A pair of Dau Jok free throws at the 7:26 mark cut the Nittany Lions’ lead to four.

Tony Hicks led the Quakers with 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Penn.

Novak, UPJ topple Davis & Elkins

ELKINS, W.Va. – Nick Novak scored 19 points to lead five double-figure scorers, and the Mountain Cats shot 59 percent from the field in the second half to open up a 15-point advantage en route to a 78-71 WVIAC victory at Davis & Elkins.

Pitt-Johnstown improved to 4-2 overall and evened in record in conference play at 2-2.

Novak led UPJ with 19 points and game-highs of 10 assists and four steals. Andrew Cressler had 16 points, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, and six rebounds, while Jordan Miller finished with 15 points.

Bill Luther had 12 points, all on 3-pointers, and six rebounds, and Ian Vescovi rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks.

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