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Penn State 66, Cornell 54

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Mike Walker sparked a second-half run
with two 3-pointers and Ben Luber had 17 points and six assists as
Penn State overcame early cold shooting to defeat Cornell, 66-54,
on Saturday.

Down 42-34 early in the second half, Penn State (1-0) rallied
after stepping up its defensive play and finally getting some
buckets after hitting just 34 percent in the first half (11-of-32).
Much of Penn State's run came with their best player, Geary
Claxton, on the bench with foul trouble.

After Cornell's Lenny Collins was whistled for traveling,
Jamelle Cornley muscled in for a layup to give Penn State a 45-44
advantage, their first lead since midway through the first half.

Walker, a reserve, then hit a couple big threes and Luber hit a
wide open 3-pointer with just over four minutes left to give Penn
State an 11-point cushion.

Collins had 14 points but shot just 6-of-22 from the field,
while Adam Gore added 14.

Cornell (1-2) held a lead for much of the first half and early
in the second after the Nittany Lions were cold from the field.

With Penn State center Brandon Hassell on the bench with foul
trouble much of the first half, the Big Red were able to score off
drives in the lane and a couple buckets from forward-center Andrew
Naeve.

Still, Penn State out-rebounded Cornell 49-33, including the
6-foot-5 Claxton's game-high 13 boards and nine from Cornley off
the bench.

The Nittany Lions won their first season opener since 2000.