Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Schuylkill 16 shot of the year?

Penn State's Talor Battle beats Illinois with 0.3 seconds left.

The Schuylkill 16 shot of the year?

A Talor-made win. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
A Talor-made win. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

This post was originally going to be about the great display of Fran Dunphy offense that Temple put on against St. Joe's tonight at the Liacouras Center: 16 assists on 21 made field goals, only nine turnovers and 1.03 points per possession.

But at the very end of a big night of local hoops, Penn State's Talor Battle stole the show.

It was on ESPN, so you probably saw it: a missed free throw by Mike Davis led to a rebound by Jamelle Cornley, who only moments before had come back from the trainr's table after suffering what looked like an arm injury.

Cornley handed the ball to Battle, who ran the length of the court, drove the baseline through a batch of Illinois defenders, threw up a prayer of a shot...

... and watched it bounce off the backboard, off the rim twice, off the backboard again, and off the rim once more before dropping through the net with 0.3 seconds left.

Nittany Lions 64, Illini 63.

You have to think that did it for Penn State. Yes, the strength of schedule and RPI aren't the best, but there are too many quality wins on that résumé to ignore - as long as they win at Iowa this weekend, of course.

(Hey, wait a minute. Penn State is on the verge of a big national postseason game and has to travel to Iowa to seal the deal? Haven't we heard this before somewhere?)

Okay, I kid... somewhat. The Nittany Lions are a lot closer to the Big Dance than the football team was to the Rose Bowl when it traveled to Kinnick Stadium last fall. Still, no game can be overlooked at this time of  year.

(Unless you're Villanova, and you can overlook two whole days of the Big East tournament after beating Providence tonight and securing a double-bye.)

Video of Battle's game-winner is below, as is tonight's Line of the Game. It goes to a Villanova senior on the Wildcats' Senior Night, but it might not be who you expect.

Temple 68, Saint Joseph's 59: Inquirer recap | Box score | Enhanced box scorePhoto gallery

Penn State 64, Illinois 63: AP recap | Box score | Enhanced box score

Villanova 97, Providence 80: Inquirer recap | Box scoreEnhanced box score

D. Anderson

Staff Writer
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