The Penn State men’s basketball team will take on Drexel at the soon-to-open PPL Center in Allentown on Dec. 20, the first of a two-game series announced Thursday.
It is a home game for the Nittany Lions at the 8,500-seat arena, which is set to open this fall and will serve as home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, an NHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Nittany Lions and Dragons are set to complete the series in 2015 in the Philadelphia area.
“We are excited to play at the new PPL Center in Allentown,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in a release. “With so many Penn State fans and alumni spread throughout the state, anytime we have a chance to play a game in front of them is something we will explore. We hope they will take advantage of this opportunity to come out as we take on a talented and well-coached team in Drexel.”
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Penn State returns four starters after going 16-18 and falling in the College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals last season.
Drexel is coming off a 16-14 season and must replace its top two scorers. Chris Fouch averaged 18.3 points per game and Frantz Massenat averaged 17.5, and they were the lone Dragons’ players to start all 30 games.
Damion Lee, who averaged 17.1 points during the 2012-13 season, will lead Drexel after playing just five games last season due to a knee injury.
Penn State is 4-0 against Drexel all-time. The teams last played in 1992.
“We look forward to playing at the brand new PPL Center,” Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said. “Our players are excited to have the opportunity to play at the state-of-the-art facility. We believe this game will be an exciting showcase for college basketball fans in the state of Pennsylvania.”