One of Talor Battle’s greatest games came during a game no one saw. Jokes about the Jordan Center’s attendance aside with students out of town over break and the game falling on New Years Eve, few people made the trek into town to watch an unproven Nittany Lion’s squad take on Northwestern in the first game of Big Ten play in the 2008-09 season.
On top of the struggling attendance, most of the Penn State roster had come down with the flu in the week leading up to the game. Throughout the contest players were hurried in and out of the locker room to tend to their illness. Talor Battle, who’s lore had yet to grow to it’s current status put the Nittany Lions on his back and scored a then season high 26 points. Battle helped the Lions climb out of a double digit hole early in the game and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 2nd double-double in 3 games.
This performance ranks in the Top 10 if not for Battle’s heroics but for setting the tone in the first game of Big Ten play for what would be a memorable season.
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