After my trip to Marshall and seeing an exciting game come down to a missed layup at the buzzer, I was excited to have a day off to spend at home. Instead, I took a slow drive back to Pennsylvania, then wound up just sleeping most of the day away at the in-laws. My wife finally got me up, and we decided to load some of our things from storage unit to take back to State College.
We decided to leave Tuesday night and just have a chance to hang out together, something that doesn't happen often in our life. In fact, Wednesday wound up being our first day off together since August 14th. We spent the morning unloading our stuff we brought along from storage, then went to our check-up appointment for our baby that is due in March and finally ate dinner at Maria's in Bellefonte, just a few mile's drive from the Bryce Jordan Center. I highly recommend the chicken parmesan.
Eventually, it was time to head on over to the Bryce Jordan Center for the Cornell-Penn State basketball game, the final mid-majority game of the year at the Jordan Center. We walked in, and the first thing I noticed was that the speakers were turned up to a ridiculous ear-splitting level.
Let's just say I really miss the days of just letting the band play instead of all the piped-in music.
The game started with Penn State coming out in a man defense, switching on every screen. It didn't go well and Cornell opened up to an early 14-8 and 21-14 leads on the basis of making four of their first five three-point shot attempts. Cornell was able to continue to force turnovers from the Nittany Lions, in fact 10 during the first half, and took a 31-30 lead into the locker room.
Unfortunately for Cornell, Penn State came out for the second half and only committed two turnovers and hit key shots when it mattered. With the game tied at 64-64 with 1:27 left, Penn State converted two free throws to take a 66-64 lead. Then a defensive stop and rebound by Billy Oliver led to a Jermaine Marshall layup out of a Penn State timeout to push the lead to four points with just 35 seconds left to play.
At this point it because a fouling contest, pushing the final score to 74-67 in favor of the Nittany Lions over the Red-Line-Upset-minded Cornell Big Red.
Another tight game which was extra enjoyable since I got to spend it with my wife and feel our baby kick for the first time; a truly memorable night for me.
at PENN STATE 74, CORNELL 67 12/21/2011
CORNELL 4-6 (0-0) -- D. Ferry 7-15 0-0 20; S. Miller 4-11 4-4 15; C. Wroblewski 2-6 2-2 8; G. Cancer 3-5 4-5 10; J. Gray 2-8 1-1 5; D. LaMore 1-2 2-2 4; J. Figini 0-1 3-3 3; D. Giddens 1-2 0-0 2; E. Chemerinski 0-0 0-0 0; M. Groebe 0-2 0-0 0; D. Cherry 0-0 0-0 0; D. Tarwater 0-1 0-0 0; D. Scelfo 0-0 0-0 0; P. McMillan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 16-17 67. PENN STATE 8-5 (0-0) -- T. Frazier 4-12 9-13 17; B. Oliver 3-8 0-0 9; J. Marshall 2-9 8-11 12; T. Lewis 4-6 1-2 13; M. Glover 2-7 0-0 4; C. Woodyard 3-5 4-4 13; S. Borovnjak 2-7 0-0 4; R. Travis 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 21-56 22-30 74.
Three-point goals: CORN 11-28 (M. Groebe 0-2; C. Wroblewski 2-4; J. Gray 0-4; D. Tarwater 0-1; D. Ferry 6-11; S. Miller 3-6), PSU 10-24 (C. Woodyard 3-3; B. Oliver 3-6; J. Marshall 0-2; T. Frazier 0-2; M. Glover 0-4; T. Lewis 4-6; R. Travis 0-1); Rebounds: CORN 28 (S. Miller 11), PSU 37 (T. Frazier 11); Assists: CORN 14 (G. Cancer 7), PSU 10 (T. Frazier 6); Total Fouls -- CORN 28, PSU 13; Fouled Out: CORN-S. Miller; PSU-None.