January 3, 2009

Post Penn State: notes and quotes

MADISON, Wis. - Penn State sure did not look anything like a team that had lost by an average of 30.5 points over its past two meetings with Wisconsin. Paced by Stanley Pringle's 26 points and Jamelle Cornley's 20, PSU nearly pulled off the upset. But UW senior Marcus Landry had every shot going for him and UW held on for a 65-61 win.

The following are notes from Saturday's game:

-Landry (23), Jason Bohannon (14), Joe Krabbenhoft (10) and Trevon Hughes (10) all finished as double digit scorers. It was the first time that feat occurred since mid-December against UW-Green Bay.

-Landry's 23 points tied a career high. Earlier this season he matched that total against Long Beach State.

-Krabbenhoft's 10 rebounds helped him log his seventh career double double and second of this season.

-Jon Leuer, who came into Saturday's game averaging just under 10 points per game, only scored four on 2-for-7 shooting. However, his 31 minutes of action is a new career high

-After falling behind 53-52 with under six minutes to play, the Badgers scored on six of its final eight possessions.

-In the end, the Badgers shot 44.4 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from beyond the arc, 80 percent from the charity stripe, all higher totals than PSU.

-Pringle and Cornley were PSU's high scorers for the game. The other five Nittany Lions players that scored only combined for 15 total points.

The following are notable quotes following Saturday's game:

Marcus Landry on defending Cornley:

"He is as strong as ever, so we were just going at it. He got position on me and I got position on him. He was finishing and I was finishing. He is just a good player. He is what-6-foot-5, maybe? He plays like he is seven feet."

Trevon Hughes on UW's final eight possessions:

"On the last six or eight possessions we just tried to get the ball and make the best shot available to us. Every game we just try to get it into the post and he (Landry) draws double teams, so they leave the shooters open, and our shots can fall from three. So he was making tough shots and he and Cornley were going at each other and I think it was a well-battled game."

Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis on the play of Landry:

"I think he's very patient. That's a quality that you try to instill in your guys is patience. He's always in that mode where he's under control. He's not going to get excited. He's going to make a big play. I've seen him on tape make some great passes out of the post. We tried to double down on him. The word I think I would use for him is that he's a competitive kid and he's very very patient. He doesn't force things, he's always under control. That's a great quality to have."

UW head coach Bo Ryan on making offense for defense substitutions with Jordan Taylor and Bohannon:

"There's a pretty smart move, you get a guy that fouls a three-point shooter…no. (Joking) Sometimes you need a different guy looking at you when you're scoring. Do you ever get to the playground and you're killing a guy? He can't stop you and then they bring in another guy and they sub or their guy comes over and says, 'Now let me take him, you go take him, I got him.' All of a sudden the mojo's gone. Well, I guess I didn't see a whole lot of mojo leave there. He (Pringle) was still pretty tough."

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