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Penn State (7-3) vs. Duquesne (3-3)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 11, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: CONSOL Energy Center (19,000) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: PSU 5-1, Duquesne 3-1. Away Record: PSU 1-1, Duquesne 0-1. Neutral Record: PSU 1-1, Duquesne 0-1. Conference Record: PSU 0-0, Duquesne 0-0. Series Record: Penn State leads, 25-19.

GAME NOTES: Keystone State competitors get together on a neutral floor in Pittsburgh tonight, as the Penn State Nittany Lions clash with the Duquesne Dukes in non-conference action.

Inhabitants of the Steel City, the Dukes have yet to put together consecutive wins in 2013-14, although the team will have another shot at it tonight after defeating UMBC a week ago, 94-88, at home. That victory snapped a two-game slide by Duquesne, which is now an even 3-3 on the campaign.

Meanwhile, Penn State just snapped a brief two-game losing streak of its own with a 90-77 decision against Marshall on Saturday. The win came on the heels of setbacks to Ole Miss (79-76) and Pittsburgh (78-69), both on the road.

The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series by a count of 25-19, although in games played in Pittsburgh the advantage goes to the locals, 13-7. Duquesne has won three of the last four matchups played in the city, although the most recent encounter took place in Happy Valley last season where PSU posted an 84-74 triumph.

Every starter scored in double figures for the Nittany Lions during the home win over Marshall, with Ross Travis leading the way with 20 points, to go along with six rebounds in an effort to offset his five turnovers. Donovan Jack and D.J. Newbill pitched in with 18 and 17 points, respectively, while also clearing seven rebounds apiece. Jack, who shot 8-of-12 from the field, was a huge presence in the paint with a staggering seven blocked shots. Tim Frazier came up an assist shy of a double-double as he tallied 11 points, four boards and four assists, followed by Brandon Taylor with 10 points.

Newbill may lead the program at the moment with his 19.1 ppg, derived from 50 percent shooting from the field and 45.2 percent accuracy beyond the arc, but it is Frazier who is the director of this unit. The star guard not only puts up 18.6 ppg, he also puts out 7.2 apg, one of the top numbers in the entire nation. Between the pair they've accounted for 30 steals, the rest of the squad combining for a mere 17 thefts through 10 games.

At home in the Palumbo Center, the Dukes surrendered 88 points to a UMBC squad that shot 11-of-22 behind the 3-point line and 50.8 percent from the floor overall. Luckily, Duquesne knocked down an impressive 59.6 percent from the floor in order to come out ahead. Tra'Vaughn White tallied 22 points, Derrick Colter 20 as the pair combined for 12 assists and six steals, followed by Jerry Jones and Dominique McKoy with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Ovie Soko, who scored six points and cleared a team-high nine rebounds in the win over UMBC, leads the squad in scoring overall with 16.0 ppg, not to mention coming down with 10.0 rpg and placing third on the group with 16 assists. White chips in with 15.7 ppg, followed by Colter with 12.8 ppg and 21 assists as the duo combines for 20-of-45 shooting beyond the arc. The group is generating a lofty 81.5 ppg, but at the same time giving up 81.0 ppg.

Frazier was not available to play in the meeting between the teams last season and even though the Nittany Lions posted a double-digit win in that instance, the chances of a more lopsided outcome this time around is greatly increased.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 82, Duquesne 66

12/11 10:33:25 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
14th
CWS 4
BOS 4
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
9th
ANA 3
OAK 4
 
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
 
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
4th
DEN 112
GSW 115
 
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
 
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR