After a very slow first half (the score was 17-17 at the break), the offenses for Penn State and South Florida picked up their game a little bit. The result wasn't pretty, but the Nittany Lions overcame a six-point margin second-half to beat the Bulls 53-49 on Nov. 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The win gave Penn State third place in the Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament.
Penn State's Tim Frazier was the star of the contest with 27 points on 8-14 shooting. Jermaine Marshall added 14 points to the Nittany Lions' effort. South Florida was held to just 34.1% shooting from the floor. Blake Nash and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick paced the Bulls with 14 points and 11 points, respectively.
Penn State took the lead with about four minutes remaining and held onto it the rest of the way.
The Nittany Lions improve to 4-1 on the season and bounced back from the 85-47 loss they absorbed from Kentucky in the first round of the tournament. Penn State's next game is on Nov. 23 at home against Youngstown State.