Nov 30, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard D.J. Newbill (2) drives up to the net during the first half against the Mississippi Rebels at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss Tops Penn State 79-76 in Barclays Classic Final

Coming off of a thrilling 89-82 overtime win against St. John’s on Friday night in Brooklyn, the Lions were back at it, facing their stiffest test of the young season against Marshall Henderson and the Ole Miss Rebels.  Henderson finished with 19, along with Jarvis Summers, leading the Rebels to a hard fought 79-76 win over PSU.

The Lions trailed for much of the first half, but the high scoring offense displayed throughout the season’s first 7 games kept PSU within striking distance, trailing by just 5 at halftime, 44-39.  If not for an extremely hot shooting Ole Miss squad, the Lions may have held the halftime lead.

PSU came out of the break with a 10-4 run, taking the lead on Ole Miss after a Donovon Jack 3 pointer that made the score 49-48.  Neither team would lead by more than 5 the rest of the way.  The Rebels would take a 75-70 lead with just over 3 minutes left.  Following 2 free throws for Allen Roberts, and a dunk by D.J. Newbill, a more than dubious call on Newbill would cost PSU.  With Marshall Henderson attempting a 3, the junior guard appeared to block Henderson’s shot, but instead was whistled for a foul.  Henderson would drain all 3 shots, essentially ending the game with 1:14 left, giving Ole Miss a 79-74 lead.

Newbill lead all scorers with a big 23 points, on 10/14 shooting.  Ross Travis had 19, along with 13 rebounds.  Senior guard Tim Frazier struggled with his shot, going just 3/13 from the field, but dished out 10 assists running the PSU offense.

The Lions end a tough 3 game stretch Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, as part of the Big 10-ACC Challenge.

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