Hoyas Struggle Again, Fall to Penn State, 81-66

Story By: Erin Zollars

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Washington, D.C–

Penn State Capitalized on Open Trips to the Hoop Like This One in the Second Half of 81-66 Loss

In many games when you are down by 18 points and the opponent continues to step on the gas, it is very difficult to battle back late in the game. This was Hoyas problem tonight against Penn State.

Not only did the Nittany Lions control this game from the onset, they made it very difficult for Patrick Ewing to find a offensive combination that had any gas left in the tank to battle in the final minutes of the second half as the Nittany Lions pulled away with long distance shots.

Omer Yurtseven led the way for the Hoyas recording a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Some of these came on broken plays and a couple of open dunks in the paint.

The big part that the Hoyas missed out on tonight was they forced 20 Penn State turnovers with nine steals, but were only able to capitalize on three of those and turn them into points.

The Nittany Lions were led by Myreon Jones with 21 points, four of those came on three pointers.

Penn State coach Pat Chambers knew how crucial it will be for his team to get off to a good start tonight as he mentioned that Georgetown was a very good team with weapons on both ends of the court.

“It was important,” Chambers said about the early season nonconference victory. “To be able to go on the road and get a good win, now we know what it takes.”

“We did a lot of things right tonight, but we just let them get ahead early in the game and we could not battle basket for basket in the second half, said Hoyas Head Coach Patrick Ewing

For the Hoyas, they have a few days to try and correct things before another non-conference game against Georgia State on Sunday night at 6pm.

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