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Notebook (1-5): PSU hoops postponed again

Update: 5:24 p.m.

**Penn State’s game scheduled for Wednesday night at Ohio State has been postponed because of COVID, the school announced today. This comes on the heels of PSU’s home game against Wisconsin on Sunday having been postponed.

The Lions’ next game is set for Saturday at home against Michigan at 2:15 p.m.

This is PSU’s release:

Penn State men’s basketball’s road game against Ohio State scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 results.

The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the broader community are of the utmost importance. Therefore, as part of the protocols established by the Big Ten Conference and Penn State Athletics medical staff, and in consultation with University, local and national officials and guidelines, individuals with a positive test have been put into isolation. In addition to isolation, contact tracing procedures have been implemented, which includes quarantine and testing for those individuals who might have been exposed, even if asymptomatic.

The institutions will work with the Big Ten Conference to identify rescheduling options.

The release does not specifically say the positive COVID results are at Penn State, but the report below indicates that.

Update: 11 a.m.

**Penn State offered 4-star defensive end Tyrese Fearbry out of Pittsburgh’s Perry Traditional Academy today. He’s rated the No. 11 recruit in Pennsylvania. Check out our sister site Pittsburgh Sports Now for its story on Fearbry.

**Former Penn State running back Miles Sanders has been added to the Pro Bowl, winning a fan vote sponsored by Madden 21.

Sanders rushed for 867 yards and six TDs in 12 games for the Philadelphia Eagles. He also caught 28 passes for 197 yards.

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**Former Penn State cornberback Trevor Williams worked out for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. See the Pittsburgh Sports Now story on him.

**The Penn State women’s basketball team lost at No. 16 Ohio State on Monday night, 82-69. Makenna Marissa led the Lady Lions with 21 points and nine rebounds. Kelly Jekot added 19 points and Niya Beverly 14.

Penn State is 3-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten.

From PSU’s press release:

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Ohio State got out to a quick 10-4 lead before sophomore Anna Camden drilled a three-pointer that put the score at 10-7 midway through the first quarter. An and-one from Beverley had the Lady Lions within 16-12 with 2:09 left on the clock, but the Buckeyes closed the term on a 6-0 run to take a 22-12 lead through one.
  • OSU carried its momentum into the second term as the Buckeyes stretched their lead to as much as 21 at 43-22 with 3:04 left on the first-half clock. A layup from Beverley was then followed by seven points from Jekot as Penn State closed the half on a 9-4 run to pull within 47-31 heading into the break.
  • The Buckeyes scored the first basket of the third quarter, but 10 points from Marisa helped Penn State respond with a 20-9 run over the next five minutes as the Lady Lions trimmed the deficit down to seven at 58-51 with 3:12 left on the third-quarter clock. OSU answered with eight of the quarter’s final 10 points, however, as the Buckeyes took a 66-53 advantage into the fourth term.
  • Baskets from Beverley and freshman Tova Sabel kick-started the fourth quarter as Penn State pulled back within single digits at 66-57 to force an OSU timeout less than two minutes into the final stanza.
  • OSU had an answer once again though, as the Buckeyes rattled off the next eight points to give them the separation they would need to continue on to the 82-69 win.

**Penn State’s men’s hockey team had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 5-1 loss at Michigan State on Monday. The Nittany Lions’ lone goal came from Alex Limoges. The Lions fell to 4-6 overall and 2-6 in the Big Ten.

Penn State plays at Ohio State on Friday and Saturday.

From PSU’s press release:

HOW IT HAPPENED

  •   Michigan State opened the scoring as Jagger Joshua was left all alone coming down the right slot and he received the puck on his backhand and lifted it over the glove of PSU freshman net-minder Liam Souliere (Brampton, Ontario) for the 1-0 lead at 2:26 of the frame.
  •   The Spartans extended their lead to 2-0 as Gianluca Esteves blasted a one-timer from the left circle over the glove of Souliere at 5:03 of the first period.
  •   Penn State cut the deficit in half in the second period as Limoges finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play during the man-advantage for the 2-1 score at 6:20. Sophomore Connor MacEachern (Brooklin, Ontario) and senior Tim Doherty (Portsmouth, R.I.) picked up the assists on the play.
  •   Just 38 seconds later senior Clayton Phillips (Edina, Minn.) took a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind and on the ensuing powerplay Joshua redirected a point shot past Souliere to regain the two-goal margin, 3-1, at 10:20 of the stanza.
  •   Penn State received a five-minute major of their own later in the second period but were unable to capitalize as Michigan State killed it off.
  •   MSU put the game on ice after winning a battle for a loose puck off an offensive zone faceoff and Nicolas Muller found Brody Stevens to the left of the net and he fired it home for the 4-1 score at 14:15 of the third period.
  •   Mitchell Lewandowski then hit the empty net at 17:45 for the 5-1 final.

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