Penn State’s second-half comeback fell short as the Nittany Lions fell 94-88 to St. Jan in a men’s basketball exhibition at Sporthal Arena on Tuesday
Down 21 points midway through the third quarter, the Nittany Lions rallied behind Tim Frazier, who scored 26 points, and Ross Travis, who had 19.
Spanning the third and fourth quarters, Penn State went on a 14-5 run following a Donovon Jack dunk early in the fourth quarter as St Jan held a 69-57 lead. Coupled with a Graham Woodward 3-pointer and two Travis free throws, Penn State cut the lead to 84-76 with 3:55 remaining. Jack finished with 14 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter.
The Penn State run continued with a Frazier 3-point play, a Woodward free throw and a Frazier drive cut the lead to 86-82 with 2:55 to go. St Jan extended the lead back to eight (92-84) with 1:24 remaining before Jack made two free throws and Frazier converted a layup off Travis’ steal at midcourt. Penn State, 1-1 on its three-game trip, never got closer down the stretch..
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Freshman Geno Thorpe had 12 points and Woodward finished with seven. Travis led the rebounding effort with 11 and Jack pulled down eight.
Penn State shot 39 percent from the floor on 30 of 76 shooting, while St Jan shot 31-for-71 (44 percent).
Penn State travels to Paris during its off day Wednesday before playing its final game against Binnenland of the Netherlands on Thursday.