Hoop Preview: Long Island

The Nittany Lions look to improve to 3-0 with afternoon home game vs. the Blackbirds.


Tipoff: 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Bryce Jordan Center.

Records: Penn State (2-0); Long Island (0-1).

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 18-42 in three seasons at Penn State and 123-125 in 10 seasons overall. Jim Ferry is 32-53 in four seasons at Long Island and 135-72 in eight seasons overall.

Series: Penn State leads, 1-0.

Last Meeting: The Lions hammered the Blackbirds 80-56 in the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, Ariz., last season.

TV: None.

Radio: Penn State Radio Network (Steve Jones play by play, Dick Jerardi color).

Next Up: Penn State plays host to Clemson Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Probable starters: Penn State -- G Ben Luber, 6-0 Jr. (13.0); G David Jackson, 6-1 Jr. (8.0); F Geary Claxton, 6-5 So. (10.5); F Travis Parker, 6-5 Sr. (6.5); C Brandon Hassell, 6-10 So. (3.0). Long Island -- G James Williams, 5-10 Jr. (13.0); G Aubin Scott, 6-2 Sr. (3.0); G Randy Jones, 5-10 So. (13.0); F Esa Maki-Tuloka, 6-7 Jr. (0.0); F Kellen Allen, 6-7 So. (8.0).

Notes: The two teams began talking about playing a game this season following their tournament meeting in Tempe last December. ... Freshman power forward Jamelle Cornley leads the Lions in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game off the bench. Another rookie -- 6-10 Milos Bogetic -- paces the team in rebounds off the pine with 10.5 per. ... PSU reserve guard Mike Walker missed the second half of the Nicholls State game Wednesday with a twisted left ankle. He is expected to play today. ... The Blackbirds opened their season with an 80-63 home loss to Columbia.

FOS prediction: Penn State 85, Long Island 65.

Comment: The Blackbirds have speed, but not enough size or depth to match up with a major-conference opponent.

FOS Prediction Record: 2-0.


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