Saint Joseph's Defeats Penn State, 79-67
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/01/2007

Dec. 1, 2007

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PHILADELPHIA - Ahmad Nivins had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph's to a 79-67 win over Penn State in front of a crowd of 8,276 at The Palestra. The win improved the Hawks to 4-2 while Penn State dropped to 3-4.

The win ended a nine-game losing streak for SJU against the Nittany Lions, which was the longest streak against a team on this year's schedule.

The Hawks came out flat, possibly showing the side effects of their third game in five days and a tough overtime loss to #19 Gonzaga on Thursday evening. Despite holding a lead for much of the first half, Penn State outscored the Hawks, 7-2, in the final minutes of the half to force a 28-28 tie at intermission.

SJU went on an 18-6 run to open the second half, taking a 45-36 lead at 14:45. The Hawks would shoot 51.5 percent in the second half and led by as many as 22 points. Penn State closed the gap in the final two minutes against the Hawk reserves.

Nivins shot 8-for-12 from the field and 9-for-12 from the foul line, while blocking three shots. Rob Ferguson and Darrin Govens each added 15 points while Pat Calathes scored 14.

Geary Claxton led Penn State with 20 points.

The Hawks close out the stretch of four games in eight days when they host Holy Cross on Tuesday at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.