Rutgers Dropped by Penn State

<b>Fresh off their first home victory of the season the Rutgers Scarlet Knights handed in one of their most horrendous defensive first half performances in recent memory. While the defense picked up in the second half, a most familiar plague, free throw shooting, was the culprit for Rutgers' first home loss of the season, 83-80, at the hands of Penn State.</b>

Rutgers (2-1,0-0) failed to capitalize off an impressive first two victories of the 2004-2005 season by losing to the Nittany Lions of Penn State.

Penn State (4-2,0-0) avenged an early season loss to the Scarlet Knights at home last year by shooting an impressive 61% from the field tonight.  The Nittany Lions had finished last three straight years in the Big 10 but showed poise and resiliency in battling the famed RAC of Rutgers.

Quincy Douby scored 20 points and Ricky Shields added 21 points for Rutgers, but it was not enough.  Time after time, defensive breakdowns in the low post led to easy buckets for Penn State and proved to be a big reason for the visitor's high shooting percentage. 

The Nittany Lions were paced by a pair of freshman, Geary Claxton and Danny Mossissey, who scored 17 and 12 points a piece, respectively.

A quick paced first half ensued from lagging defenses resulting in open jumpers from both teams.  Penn State took a first half lead of 40-36.  Juel Wiggan provided a spark off the bench with solid defense and a steal, resulting in a 6-0 Rutgers run.

The hurried pace continued, for the rest of the half with the score deadlocked at 49.

Rutgers shot a dismal 12-20 (60%) from the charity stripe for the game, missing key one-and-ones and front ends with the game still on the line late.

Penn State started but finished without the services of their second leading scorer, Marlon Smith, who missed all but the first two plus minutes of the game.

Rutgers is next in action this upcoming Saturday when they faced their second opponent from the Big 10, the Wisconsin Badgers.  #23 Wisconsin (3-1) defeated #12 Maryland earlier this week, 69-64.

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