Penn State Handles Northwood in Exhibition Matchup

Story/Video posted November 3, 2013 in CommRadio, Sports by Brendan May


Penn State men's basketball unofficially opened its season by beating Northwood University 98-61 on Sunday. Forward Ross Travis led Penn State with 17 points in the exhibition game.

After trailing 11-2, just two minutes into the game, Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers took a timeout to regroup the team on the sidelines. Penn State responded well, as they went on a 13-4 run to take a one-point lead.

Tim Frazier explained that during the timeout, “[Chambers] just told everyone to settle down and take a deep breath and go out and play Penn State basketball.”

The Nittany Lions dominated the rest of the first half. After 20 minutes of action, the score at the break, was Nittany Lions 52, Seahawks 30. Penn State guard and one of the top returning Big Ten scorer, DJ Newbill contributed 11 points to the PSU first half effort.

Just four minutes into the second half, Newbill left the court with an apparent knee injury, but later returned to the bench. He did not play another minute in the game. Head coach Pat Chambers said that Newbill just cramped up and that he should be a go for next week's game.

Pre-season All-Big Ten selection Tim Frazier notched 11 points in his return to the Bryce Jordan Center. He also added six assists in the win. Even with the strong effort, Chambers said the best is yet to come from the point guard.

“[Frazier's] trying to find his pace, find his rhythm,” said Chambers. “He's gonna be a little rusty.”

Northwood was led by Chirs Solomon, who contributed 19 points in the losing effort. Legendary Seahawk coach Rollie Massimino, received a standing ovation from the Penn State crowd before the matchup.

Next week, Penn State hosts Wagner in the BJC on Saturday. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

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Bryan McSorley is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism from Conway, Pennsylvania.  He has gained valuable experience in the broadcast field through his work with ComRadio, Centre County Report and his internship with Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. As a member of ComRadio, McSorley has worked as play-by-play broadcaster, color analyst and board operator for many NCAA sports. He also co-host ComRadio’s Inside the NFL radio show. McSorley was the technical director for the Centre County Report starting in the spring of 2013 and has continued work with them this semester. In the future, McSorley dreams of working for a major sports production company either behind the scenes or in front of the camera.

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Tyler Zulli is a Senior from Bensalem, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism. In his four years as a member of ComRadio, Tyler has established himself as a key contributor at the station in many facets. As a broadcaster, Tyler has called games for Penn State in a wide variety of sports, including football, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s hockey, basketball, soccer and volleyball. He’s also had the ability to call games at the professional level for the State Colleg Spikes, the Short Season A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Tyler is also a contributor to ComRadio’s original NFL Draft Show, in both the radio and television aspect of the show. He’s been the producer for the radio portion of the show for the past two years. Along with these, Tyler has hosted or co-hosted a variety of talk shows throughout his time at ComRadio. Currently, he is the co-host of two shows, known as Philly Sports Talk and Philly’s Finest. Tyler is also the host of his own solo show, The Tyler Zulli Show. Upon graduation, Tyler hopes to take his skills achieved through ComRadio into the professional world as a play-by-play announcer.

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