2013-12-12 / State/National Sports

College Basketball:

Penn State men win, but women lose

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Reserve Allen Roberts had 15 points and D.J. Newbill added 13 points as Penn State won for the sixth time in its past eight games, 68-59 against Duquesne on Wednesday night.

All-Big Ten point guard Tim Frazier had a career-high 13 assists along with 11 points for the Nittany Lions (8-3), who won despite having only 10 freethrow attempts as compared to the Dukes’ 34.

Ovie Soko had 19 points to lead the Dukes (3-4), who shot 27 percent from the field and made just four of 23 attempts from 3-point range.

Soko, who made 12 of 14 free throws, played just 22 minutes before fouling out.

Duquesne has lost four of its past six and fell to the Nittany Lions for the second consecutive season.

Penn State’s Donovon Jack had nine points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.

Playing its second game in the city of Pittsburgh over a nine-day span, Penn State fared better than it did in a nine-point loss at Pitt on Dec. 3. Counting a 90-77 win over Marshall in between, the Lions have combined to hold their past three opponents to 27.8 percent firsthalf field goal shooting.

Unlike they did against Pitt (which shot 58.5 percent in the second half), however, Penn State continued to stifle the Dukes through the final buzzer. Other than a stretch of about seven minutes midway through the second half, Duquesne’s shooting was cold from all over the court.

Only one Dukes player - junior forward Dominique McKoy - made more shots than he missed. McKoy finished with 12 points on five of six shooting. Jeremiah Jones also had 12 points for Duquesne.

Penn State began the second half on an 8-2 run to open up a 15-point lead. The Dukes answered by scoring 14 of the next 18 points of the game to pull within five - but that would be the closest the Dukes would get.

Minutes later, Duquesne was within 50-44 after a pair of free throws by Soko with 8:40 left. But the Lions answered with an 8-0 run that all but put the game away. Penn State led by as many as 19 in the second half.

Duquesne shot 25 percent from the field - including two of 12 from 3-point range - in the first half. The Dukes also missed seven of 17 free throw attempts.

Jack, a former verbal commitment to Duquesne who switched to Penn State after the Dukes fired former coach Ron Everhart, had a career-high 11 rebounds. He has combined for 13 blocks over the past two games.

Women’s Game

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Megan Waytashek and Steph Paluch scored 18 points apiece as South Dakota State defeated No. 12 Penn State 83-79 despite squandering a 20-point halftime lead Wednesday night.

The Jackrabbits (7-4) had a 23-point lead when Paluch opened the second half with a 3 and were up 21 with 14:39 left when a Dara Tayler three-point play started a 10-0 for Penn State. The lead was still in double figures at the 5-minute mark before the Nittany Lions stormed back.

Ariel Edwards, who scored 5 straight points to pull Penn State within 78-77 with 1:19, finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 steals and 3 assists. Maggie Lucas added 20 and Taylor had a career-high 19.

Mariah Clarin had 13 points for SDSU and helped the Jackrabbits, now 3-13 vs. ranked teams, out-rebound Penn St. 53-42. This was the highestranked team SDSU has beaten. Donald adds Lombardi

HOUSTON (AP) — Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald picked up another award Wednesday night, winning the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Donald beat out Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the award given annually to the nation’s top college lineman.

It’s already been a big week for Donald, a senior defensive tackle who won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation’s top college defensive player Monday.

“It’s a true blessing and a true honor for people to notice me and notice the hard work I put into this game,” Donald said.

The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald leads the nation with 26 1/2 tackles for losses and his 28 1/2 career sacks are tops among active players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and fourth in school history.

Donald has 10 sacks, 54 tackles and has forced four fumbles this season.

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