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Penn State (5-1) vs. Towson (3-2)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 29th, 6:30 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,700) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: CN8. Home Record: PSU 4-0, Towson 3-0. Away Record: PSU 1-0, Towson 0-1. Neutral Record: PSU 0-1, Towson 0-1. Conference Record: PSU 0-0, Towson 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: The Penn State Nittany Lions will try to rebound from their first loss, as they wrap up their stay in the Philly Classic against the Towson Tigers this evening. The Lions were in action just last night, when they suffered their first setback, falling to Rhode Island 77-72. It was a disappointing result for PSU, which had opened this event with a pair of home wins over NJIT (74-47) and Hartford (89-64). The team's 5-0 start was its best since opening the 1999-2000 season with six wins in a row. As for Towson, it had the unfortunate task of taking on the only Top 25 team in this event, suffering a 64-47 setback to 20th-ranked Villanova last night. The loss snapped the Tigers' short two-game win streak and dropped them to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in this event. This game will mark the first time Towson and PSU have met on the hardwood.

The Lions were outscored at the foul line 18-9 and that played a big part in their five-point loss to Rhode Island last night. PSU shot 41.8 percent from the floor, but allowed Rhode Island to hit on an even better 48.1 percent. Jamelle Cornley led team in defeat with 23 points and four boards, while Talor Battle posted 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. On the season, Battle paces the Lions with 20.1 ppg and he is also grabbing 5.6 rpg and dishing out 4.6 apg. Cornley checks in with 15.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg, while Stanley Pringle contributes 14.6 ppg. Overall, PSU is turning in 75.8 ppg and holding its foes to just 60.3 ppg on the season.

Towson shot a dismal 32.7 percent from the field, including a poor 5-of-27 effort from downtown, as it was defeated by Villanova last night. The team didn't have any luck at the foul line either, converting just 6-of-14 tries. Junior Hairston paced the team in defeat with 11 points and six rebounds in his second game of the season. Jarrel Smith, though, was held to just two points and four rebounds and that was a bit surprising considering he was averaging a team-high 15.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg prior to last night's performance. Troy Franklin, who was averaging 12.5 ppg before Friday, also had a rough game with just two points last night.

PSU is the more talented and athletic team and it should be able to outlast the Tigers in this one.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 77, Towson 67

11/29 10:31:14 ET