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Marshall, Nittany Lions stifle New Hampshire


February 19. 2013 11:26PM
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STATE COLLEGE — Jermaine Marshall scored 15 points and Sasa Borovnjak 11 as Penn State limited New Hampshire to 22.6 percent shooting during a 72-45 victory Sunday.


Brandon Taylor and D.J. Newbill added 10 points each for the Nittany Lions (7-4), who used a 32-5 first-half run to open a commanding 34-8 lead against the Wildcats (4-7), of the America East Conference.


Penn State, of the Big Ten Conference, has won three straight and is 6-1 at home.


New Hampshire shot just 17.9 percent (5 of 28) in the first half, enabling Penn State to open a 39-14 halftime lead. The Nittany Lions shot 55.2 percent (16 of 29) before halftime, with Taylor scoring all 10 of his points.


Penn State continued to widen its lead in the second half as Marshall scored eight points and New Hampshire was unable to come back with 28 percent second-half shooting (7 of 25).


Penn State surpassed 70 points for the third straight game. Newbill, the sophomore point guard, has scored 10 points or more in 10 of the team's 11 games.


The Nittany Lions' lead reached 52-26 on a jumper by Ross Travis after Donovon Jack blocked a shot by New Hampshire's Chandler Rhoads. Penn State extended the margin to 64-32 as nine of the team's 12 players scored at least three points.


Pittsburgh 59, Kennesaw State 43

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh closed its nonconference schedule, and coach Jamie Dixon earned his 250th career victory with a win over Kennesaw State.


Junior forward Talib Zanna led Pitt (12-1) with 12 points and nine rebounds, and freshman point guard James Robinson had eight points and three assists.


Kennesaw State (1-11) has lost 10 games in a row. Sophomore guard Delbert Love led the Owls with 12 points, and freshman forward Nigel Pruitt added 10 and five rebounds.


Dixon is 250-77 in nine seasons as a head coach with a 119-10 record against non-conference opponents.


It was closer than the Panthers probably anticipated early in the game. The Owls made four of their first six shots from 3-point range and trailed just 16-13 with 11 minutes to go in the first half.


No. 18 San Diego State 62, Indiana State 55

HONOLULU — Jamaal Franklin had a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds and No. 18 San Diego State held off Indiana State in the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu.


Chase Tapley scored 13 points and the Aztecs (11-1) won despite poor free-throw and 3-point shooting.


RJ Mahurin had 15 points for Indiana State.


Women's basketball
No. 11 Penn State 82, NJIT 37

STATE COLLEGE — Maggie Lucas scored 21 points and Alex Bentley made eight steals, tying her career high, to lead No. 11 Penn State to a rout of New Jersey Institute of Technology.


The Lady Lions (10-2), in their final game before starting Big Ten Conference play, raced to a 44-9 halftime lead against the Highlanders (6-7) of the Great West Conference.


Bentley had six steals in the first half, when NJIT turned the ball over 15 times and shot 17.4 percent (4 of 23).




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