December 2, 2010

Penn State Struggles on Offense, Falls to Maryland 62-39

Penn State shot 20 percent... yeah, seriously.
Twenty percent.
The Penn State offense struggled from the very beginning of the game.

Even with Maryland's sloppy and slow start where Maryland traveled four times, Penn State could only score 7 points. The entire game Penn State could not hit a shot from anywhere on the court. At one point Taran Buie took two consecutive three point attempts and both were rushed and completely off target. At halftime Penn State had on 20 points but more importantly, zero bench points. Even the final shot before half was a 3-pointer by Time Frazier that was blocked right back into his face that left a terrible taste for the entire crowd.

The second half was the same story, Penn State was just missing open shots. Maryland took 20 fewer shots than Penn State but definitely made more and coasted to a 62-39 win. In the end Battle scored 21 out of the 39 points, but he was only 7-21 on from the court. Brooks' hot streak also ended as he only scored 6 points (which was disappointingly good enough for second on the Penn State squad).

To look at the positives, Jeff Brooks did have a great dunk early in the game completely posterizing Maryland's Sean Mosley. The Penn State squad did seem to have control of the pace in the first half, but there is no excuse for missing open shots and the team's morale only got worse as they kept missing shots.

In the end, the team shot 20% from the field and 11% beyond the arc. Hopefully a game that bad was only a fluke. Penn State's next game is this Saturday against Duquesne.


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