STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - New Hampshire dropped its fourth straight loss to Penn State during Tuesday night's basketball action the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State (6-3) shot 48 percent on the game to defeat the Wildcats, 75-51.
Geary Claxton was led the game in scoring, chipping in 18 points for Penn State. Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) was the high scorer for New Hampshire, contributing 15 points.
Penn State shot 14-for-29 from the field in the first half, with six baskets scored behind the 3-point arc. New Hampshire was 9-for-23 from the field. The Lions led throughout the half and were up by as many as 13 points with 2:30 left in the half. Janev was able to cut it to 32-21 with a lay up at 1:38. Claxton scored the last basket of the half, a lay up at the buzzer.
Claxton scored 15 points in the first half for the Lions, shooting 6-for-9 from the field. Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) led for New Hampshire with 13 points. Penn State held a 34-21 lead at the half.
New Hampshire came out stronger in the second half, improving to a 41 field goal percentage. Janev added 13 points, scoring three baskets from behind the perimeter. But the Wildcats could not find a rhythm and Penn State was able to maintain a double-digit lead the entire half.
With 6:43 remaining, Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) converted a free throw, pulling the score to 56-42 and cutting Penn State's lead to 14 points. But that was as close the Wildcats would come. Jamelle Cornley converted two free throws that sparked a 16-3 Lions' run. Shawn Tobey (Eliot, Maine) sank a shot at the charity stripe with 1:13 left in the game but by then Penn State held a 26 point lead. Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) banked 3-pointer at the 2-second mark to end the game.
New Hampshire committed a season high 22 turnovers and allowed Penn State to capitalize and score 23 points.
New Hampshire (2-9, 0-2 America East) finishes its five game road trip on December 28 at North Carolina State.