Cornley a Game-Time Decision

Penn State's leading scorer will make the trip to New Jersey. But his status for the Nittany Lions' matchup with Seton Hall at the Meadowlands will not be determined until Saturday.

Penn State may be without its leading scorer when it takes on Seton Hall at the Meadowlands Saturday. Nittany Lion coach Ed DeChellis said sophomore Jamelle Cornley's availability will be a game-time decision.

Cornley sustained what DeChellis called a “mid-foot” sprain in the second half of Wednesday's home win over Hartford. The injury is to his left foot.

“It's a little more tricky than just a regular ankle sprain,” DeChellis said. “They X-rayed him yesterday, but the X-rays were negative.”

Even so, Cornley was on crutches Thursday and he will not practice today when the Lions hit the floor at 1 p.m. But he will make the trip to New Jersey (the team bus is scheduled to leave the BJC between 3:30 and 4 p.m.).

Cornley sustained the injury when he stepped on another player's foot midway through the second half of the Hartford game. He left the floor at the next dead ball and did not return.

The power forward is averaging a team-best 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Nittany Lions, and is tied for the Big Ten lead in double-doubles with three. He was the conference Freshman of the Year last season.

If Cornley can't go, sophomore Milos Bogetic will likely take his place in the starting lineup, with fellow sophomore Joonas Suotamo seeing additional minutes off the bench. Neither player is close to being in Cornley's league, though.

Guard Mooch Jackson sprained an ankle a few seconds after Cornley was injured in the Hartford game, causing him to miss the remainder of the contest, as well. Jackson has been cleared to practice today and will start tomorrow.

In related news, junior forward Geary Claxton will play tomorrow without a brace on his right hand for the first time this season. Claxton, who was wearing the brace to protect a broken bone near his small finger, will simply have his small and ring fingers taped together.

DeChellis has lamented the fact that a rash of injuries have prevented his 6-2 outfit from getting into a flow in practices or games. The issues have ranged from the serious (Claxton's broken hand) to the bizarre (guard Danny Morrissey developed a sore neck while sleeping).

“I've had some different ones this year,” DeChellis said. “Our trainers and team physician have been the most active guys on the staff.”


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