STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Ryan Carpenter Jersey . -- Penn State coach Patrick Chambers didnt think it was the matchup or the fact that it was Senior Night that allowed his Nittany Lions to beat Ohio State again. No, it was something more basic. "I think we were mad," Chambers said, emphasizing that his team had been thumped by Iowa and Nebraska in its previous two games. "It just happened to be Ohio State tonight. We came out and played desperate and with a sense of urgency. And we played angry." D.J. Newbill scored 23 points, Tim Frazier added 16 and Penn State held off a late rally by No. 22 Ohio State for a 65-63 victory Thursday. The Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten) had a chance to win at the end. Coming out of a timeout with 6.8 seconds left, Lenzelle Smith Jr.s 3-pointer rimmed out. The Nittany Lions (14-14, 5-10) grabbed the rebound and time expired. Ohio State was led by LaQuinton Ross, who scored 19 points. Aaron Craft, plagued by foul trouble most of the game, added 10. "It was one of those games where two guys pound the ball off the backboard and it bounces out and they make a 3 on us," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "Little things like that is kind of the way the game went." Penn State swept the season series. The Nittany Lions upset then-No. 23 Ohio State 71-70 in overtime on Jan. 29 in Columbus. Nittany Lions forward Donovan Jack made a turnaround jumper, was fouled and hit the free throw to give Penn State a 60-55 lead with 1:59 to go. Ross and Craft each made a pair of free throws, sandwiched around two by Frazier, to pull the Buckeyes to 62-59 with just more than a minute to go. Frazier pushed Penn States lead to five with 39.4 seconds left with a pair of free throws. After Ross made two more free throws, Shannon Scott stole the inbounds pass and passed to Trey McDonald for a layup that cut it to 64-63. Penn State missed two free throws on the ensuing possession, but Smiths shot caromed off the rim and over the backboard, giving the Nittany Lions the ball back with under 10 seconds left. Frazier was fouled and made one of two at the line, setting up Smiths last-second attempt from 3-point range. "When we executed what we were supposed to do, it was amazing what happened. We didnt have the flow that we normally do," Matta said. "That was the difference. We talked about it and talked about it. We couldnt get it to where we needed it." Frazier, a senior point guard, was recognized before the game as part of Senior Night festivities. He is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, given annually to a student-athlete with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Frazier will leave Penn State as the schools career leader in assists. Frazier acknowledged that his uneven play early was due to the emotions and nerves of the night. "It was very emotional. I was basically trying to hold back tears in the beginning. Obviously you tell at the beginning of the game I had so many emotions running through me. Turnovers left and right. Airballs," he said. Chambers was happy to see a player who has meant so much to the program get a win on such a special night. "Hes an amazing kid. A man now. Hes a man," Chambers said. "Its Senior Night. Youve got family there. Youve got one game left in this building. Youve been here five years. Youve invested time and energy. He puts so much into this program. You cant blame the guy for being jacked up. I was happy to see us get a win for him." Tony Esposito Jersey . I wondered how NHL coaches would feel about a playoff schedule that allowed them to open a best-of-seven series on the road, which many claim to favour, yet still gave them the precious home-ice edge for a seventh game. Steve Larmer Jersey .Y. - The New York Islanders are brimming with confidence these days, thanks to a standout goalie and a newfound winning attitude.TSN football analyst Chris Schultz is back with his Week 16 selections in the CFL. The Big Man finished 3-1 in Week 15, and sits at 39-22 on the season. Now Schultz is ready for more action. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Toronto Argonauts The Argonauts are 5-8 and the Ticats are 6-7. They did play earlier this season on Labour Day and the Ticats won that one 13-12 in a game where neither team played exceptional football. Between the two, this is a bit of a must-win for the Argos because if they lose they lose the season series with only one more game between the two, again in Toronto, on October 25. Both teams are playing their best right now. Even though the Argos defense shut down John White of Edmonton, I think Hamilton is progressing faster toward excellence. Between the two, Hamilton has allowed 68 fewer points. On offence I like Toronto. They have scored 60 more points than Hamilton and the Steele/Slaton rotation at running back is working. In the return game in the battle of hidden yardage between Brandon Banks and Chad Owens I will give a slight advantage to Owens as he can break tackles better than Banks who relies on elusiveness alone. Interesting how the season has evolved as both teams are so similar in many ways that anticipatory logic says it will be a field goal game. Even the kickers, Justin Medlock for Hamilton and Swayze Waters for Toronto are equal in ability. So, Toronto by 3. Ottawa Redblack at BC Lions Great win for Ottawa over Winnipeg 42-20 last Friday night. Tough, very tough loss for BC by two in Hamilton, making it 3 in a row: Toronto, Calgary and then Hamilton. Urgency is on the side of BC as at 7-7 they are two games behind the Roughriders and Eskimos and five games behind first place Calgary. And Winnipeg is only one game behind BC for that final playoff, possible crossover spot. The Lions need Tim Brown and Stefan Logan back this week. Both have that unique level of explosiveness athletically that can change games. How to fit them in the ratio is the problem and if they can it could make a difference. I will be looking forward to watching Johnathan Williams again for Ottawa. If he can have a dominant running game for a second week in a row that will go a long way to an upset win for the Redblacks. Or maybe upset win is the wrong term. Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys. Back on September 5th BC beat 0ttawa but only 7-5. It was a close game where Travis Lulay re-injured his shoulder and there was a lighting delay. Urgency over satisfaction, BC over Ottawa. Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes Strength for Montreal is coming off the bye week here in October. After the Roughriders, every game the Alouettes have is in the East with Toronto twice, and Hamilton and Ottawa once. In October all you can ask for is to control your own destiny and even at 5-8, if the As win all five it would be a 10-8 season and maybe good for first in the East. Jonathan Crompton may have yet to throw for 300 yards in his five starts but he is 4-1 and that has a much higher level of significance than a 300-yard game. With the Riders, Tino Sunseri coming off the bench has done a good job but that also means Montreal has video of him being his best. James Rogers for Montreal is quietly making a major contribution similar to Brandon Banks in Hamilton or Jock Sanders in Calgary. This game is a matchup of the power running of Saskatchewan against the deep ball receivers of Montreal: Duron Carter and SJ Green. In this one, deep ball wins. I’m going with Montreal. Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Edmonton Eskimos The first time these two teams played was July 17 and Edmonton was dominant and won 26-3. This could be a repeat. Coming off a loss in Toronto by one point in a game where Edmonton took 18 penalties for 224 yards you know they won’t be repeating that. And coming off a game where John White was shut down, that is unlikely to repeat as well. The saving grace for the 2014 season in Winnipeg is that no matter how it finishes, with four wins, four losses, or somewhere in between, they have found a quarterback that can be more than just good. Drew Willy has been the nice surprise of the season and will only get better. Not sure about everyone else as the season goes into the fourth quarter. Edmonton will respond after Toronto and Winnipeg had to respond if the Eskimos score first. Not sure they can do it. Fred Stamps is finding his groove, Adarius Bowman has already found his. Winnipeg will need Edmonton to self-destruct like they did in Toronto, not going to happen. I’m taking Edmonton. ' ' '
Jan 14, 2017
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