STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) D.J. Newbill scored a career-high 23 points and added 12 rebounds as Penn State was able to hang on throughout a foul-plagued second half to defeat Duquesne 84-74 Saturday.
The Nittany Lions won their fourth straight game by opening a 22-point second-half lead that was enough to offset a Dukes comeback.
Duquesne (7-7) pulled to within five with 56 seconds left as Penn State's Nick Colella and Jermaine Marshall fouled out and the Dukes were consistently successful from the foul line.
The Nittany Lions had pulled away about halfway through the second half with an 11-0 scoring stretch.
Colella scored a career-high 15 points and Sasa Borovnjak added 14. Sean Johnson led Duquesne with 19 points.
Penn State built a 39-28 halftime lead on the strength of runs of 11-0 and 9-0. The second run was enabled by two technical fouls called on the Duquesne bench late in the half.
It's never too late for a beautiful strike.
In the national semifinals between Virginia and Wake Forest, Hoos' leading scorer Daryl Dike, scored a goal for the ages.
Dike tracked this ball perfectly and buried it past Andrew Pannenberg on his first touch.
Dike wasn't done there, stretching the lead to 2-0 with this beauty of a header:
Next up for UVA is the national championship title game Sunday, December 15th at 6 p.m., where they'll face off with Georgetown in Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday.
Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58.
In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."
Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement:
"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily
Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star:
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