Nov. 25, 2006
STATE COLLEGE, PA - Danny Morrissey banked in a 3-pointer with 25 seconds to play as Penn State (4-1) erased an eight-point Saint Joseph's lead, to beat the Hawks, 65-61, at the Bryce Jordan Center. It was SJU's first loss of the season, dropping the squad to 3-1.
Trailing 62-61, Saint Joseph's last chance came when Ahmad Nivins' shot was blocked by Geary Claxton at :02. Hawks' coach Phil Martelli was assessed a technical foul after the play and Penn State made three free throws to provide the final margin.
SJU had led since the 14:27 mark of the second half, and with 5:07 to play, had a 56-46 advantage. A layup by Rob Ferguson put the Hawks ahead, 60-52 with 1:20 to play, but Penn State would go on to score the next seven points, with Morrissey hitting the first of two consecutive three's to pull the home team within 60-59 at :38. Ahmad Nivins made one of two free throws before Morrissey hit the game winner at :25.
SJU made 11 consecutive free throws before its first miss, but went cold down the stretch, missing three foul shots, including two on the front ends of one-and-one opportunities.
SJU played the last minute without Ferguson, who was whistled for his fifth foul at 1:04.
Penn State led at halftime, 31-28, as the Nittany Lions shot 50 percent from the field.
Saint Joseph's came out strong in the second half, running off the first six points. The Hawks shot 48 percent from the field in that half, but made just 1-of-5 3-point attempts.
SJU has a quick turnaround, returning home to host Boston University on Monday, November 27 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Game time is 7 p.m.