Thursday, December 08, 2005

Basketball: Penn State 75, Missouri-Kansas City 71

Penn State plays with absolutely no consistency. They either play really, really good basketball or really, really bad basketball. There is no inbetween with this team. After a lousy start against Clemson, PSU rallied back and only lost by eight. The next game, another sluggish start before rallying to lose at Texas A&M by only five. With the big game at Pitt on Saturday, the Lions will need to play well start to finish if they want to pull the upset. They darn near lost to UMKC at home!

Milos Bogetic stepped up off the bench, posting a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double. He was the most anticipated of the international recruits and he has been rather impressive so far. He can be a force in the paint, something that PSU has sorely lacked in the past. Bogetic, Travis Parker and Brandon Hassell could really be a trio to be reckoned with in the paint. It would take some pressure off of Claxton, Luber and Cornley to make the tough shots from the outside.

Mike Walker and Jamelle Cornley both chipped in 17 off the bench. If the starters, especially Ben Luber, continue to perform as poorly as they have early on, at least one of them, if not both, will be bumped into the starting five. Both are key components to the future of Penn State basketball. Suddenly the future looks a little brighter.

Next Game:
Date- 12/10/05
Opponent- Pitt
Location- Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Penn State- 4-2 (0-0)
Pitt- 8-0 (0-0)

Pitt 83, Penn State 69


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