January 25, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions forward Sasa Borovnjak (21) wears black tape in honor of former head football coach Joe Paterno during their game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Value City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State-New Hampshire Hoops Preview

After over a week off while Penn State held finals, the Lions return to the court Sunday at 11:00 (yes, A.M.) for the first of their final two non-conference games.  The New Hampship Wildcats (4-6) provide the opposition as PSU looks for their third straight win. The game airs on BTN.

THE LAST TIME OUT

Things were going so well for Penn State last Saturday against Delaware State.  The Lions raced out to a 21-3 lead, and appeared to have things in hand late in the second half, until a late DSU run forced overtime.  PSU would trail by 3 in the extra session, before scoring the final 4 points to escape.  Sophomore D.J. Newbill lead the way with 22 points, while Sasa Borovjnak started his second game of the year and added 14 points and 8 boards.  Freshman forward Donovan Jack was strong off the bench with 8 second half points.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS

UNH went overtime their last time out, falling 61-59 to Boston College last Sunday.  The Eagles of course came into the BJC and knocked off PSU 73-61 last month.  The Wildcats are lead by senior forward, and all-name team member Ferg Myrick, who averages nearly 16 points, and over 7 rebounds per game.  The Philly native missed time last year with a knee injury. The Wildcats are very much a team dominated by their front court, as the 2nd and 3rd leading scorers are 6’10” center Chris Pelcher (12.4 ppg) and 6’6″ forward Patrick Konan (12.2 pgg).  Myrick stretches the floor, shooting nearly 38% from three. As a team, the Wildcats are just 31.3% from beyond the arc.

THE MATCHUP

Penn State’s front court will be tested on the defensive end, as New Hampshire will feed the post heavily with Myrick, Pelcher, and Konan.  On the other end, PSU will rely heavily on their backcourt, as they have all season, to score.  However, sophomore forward Ross Travis has shown a willingness to attack the basket and find his own shot.  Brandon Taylor, when he stays out of foul trouble, has been an offensive threat as well.  That needs to continue, and PSU’s forwards must stay out of foul trouble.  If they do that, expect PSU to be in a position to win down the stretch.

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