Dion Harris came out of the gates hot, scoring seven early points to help the home team gain a 9-8 lead. Despite his early accuracy, he still managed to get his teammates involved. The primary benefactor was freshman Ronald Coleman. The next two times down the court Harris found Coleman wide open for three-point baskets to push the lead to seven with 14:04 remaining in the half.
The Nittany Lions finally responded with an 8-0 run, five of which came from Geary Claxton, to cut the lead back to one, but Harris was there to hold them off. The four minute Maize and Blue drought was finally cut short when the sophomore leader nailed two straight jumpers, including a three pointer, to give the Wolverines a little breathing room. Two more three pointers from Coleman and a few big slams from Brent Petway helped them expand their advantage even further, as they went into the half up 36-26.
Coming out of the locker room the visitors cut the lead to nine on a Ben Luber jumper at the 16:19 mark. That, however, is as close as they would get. The Wolverines went on a 17-7 run over the next nine minutes to grab a 58-39 lead with 6:47 remaining, before cruising on to the 61-48 victory.
"I thought the flow was there for us tonight and we had the defensive energy," Tommy Amaker said after the game. We talked a lot about that going into the game. If we could defend, rebound and run, then we would be successful. I think we executed really well and everybody helped on offense, the flow was there and the rhythm was there. It's nice to see the ball go in the basket."
Dion Harris led the wolverines with 24 points on 10/15 shooting and six assists. They also got 16 points from Ronald Coleman (4/9 from three-point range) and 4 assists and six steals from Dani Wohl. Danny Morrisey paced the Nittany Lions with 14. For more on the contest, click the following links: Boxscore, Notes, Quotes.
Next up for the Wolverines is a road match-up Saturday evening with the Northwestern
Wildcats. Tip-off is set for 7pm CST on ESPN Local.