My second basketball game of the season was to see Radford play against Penn State. Since I live in State College it was an easy trip to make, all I had to do was make sure I was off of work when I made the schedule. Something that sounds simple but of course I forgot so I had to make some last minute calls to my staff so I could attend the game.
If you have never been to a game at Penn State, well, I hope you like empty seats and curtains. That's right, despite being in the Big Ten, they draw very few fans (4,916 for this game) in a 16,000 plus seat arena, resulting in the use of curtains to hide some of the empty seats.
Parking is free at Penn State for basketball games and we were able to park just a few hundred yards from the Bryce Jordan Center.
Radford opened up with leads of 6-0 and 11-5 before Penn State decided to show they were better and pulled the curtains on the Highlanders. The Penn State Nittany Lions went on a 14-0 run to take the lead and they held it for the rest of the game, finally winning 62-46.
The game itself was a bit sluggish at times, with the scoring coming in spurts. The Highlanders tried to pressure Penn State star Tim Frazier but he was able to get free for 20 points in addition to having 10 assists, for his first double-double of the season and second of his career.
Radford was led in scoring by Jareal Smith who had 16 points. Beyond Smith, Radford really had no flow to their offense. Their best scoring opportunities came when Penn State blew defensive assignments while switching on screens.
The real highlight of the night was probably the Penn State coaches wearing blue tennis shoes in honor of the child abuse victims from the Sandusky scandal that has rocked the school and football program. It was a nice, unannounced gesture that had the fans talking fashion during the duller moments of the game.
It was also dollar dog night, with Berk's hot dogs being sold for $1 when they normally sell for $3. I was sure to grab a couple for myself and one for my wife since that is the only brand of hot dog that she eats. Of course, the drink cost us $5 so the concession stand still made plenty of profit.
Hopefully as the season goes on Radford will be able find their offensive flow and Penn State fans will show up to support their new coaching staff.
at PENN STATE 62, RADFORD 46 11/14/2011
RADFORD 2-1 (0-0) -- C. Smith 2-6 0-0 6; R. Price 4-12 0-0 9; J. Smith 6-15 0-0 16; T. Cerrah 0-1 0-0 0; J. Edwards 1-2 3-5 5; J. Green 0-1 0-0 0; D. Mitchell 1-3 0-0 3; L. Winegarner 2-3 1-1 6; B. Darden 0-4 1-2 1; A. Dickerson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-47 5-8 46. PENN STATE 2-0 (0-0) -- T. Frazier 9-14 2-3 20; B. Oliver 3-11 0-0 8; C. Woodyard 2-6 0-0 6; T. Lewis 2-5 3-4 9; J. Graham 3-5 1-3 7; R. Travis 2-4 0-0 4; M. Glover 1-3 0-0 2; S. Borovnjak 1-4 0-0 2; N. Colella 0-0 0-0 0; K. Montminy 0-0 0-0 0; P. Ackerman 0-0 0-0 0; J. Marshall 1-1 1-2 4. Totals 24-53 7-12 62.
Three-point goals: RAD 9-26 (D. Mitchell 1-2; J. Smith 4-8; C. Smith 2-5; L. Winegarner 1-1; R. Price 1-7; B. Darden 0-3), PSU 7-25 (C. Woodyard 2-5; B. Oliver 2-10; J. Marshall 1-1; M. Glover 0-2; T. Lewis 2-5; R. Travis 0-2); Rebounds: RAD 17 (C. Smith 4), PSU 35 (C. Woodyard 7); Assists: RAD 9 (R. Price 5), PSU 11 (T. Frazier 10); Total Fouls -- RAD 16, PSU 15; Fouled Out: RAD-None; PSU-None.