2008–09 Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team

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2008–09 Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball
Conference Big Ten Conference
2008–09 record 27–11 (10–8 Big Ten)
Head coach Ed DeChellis
Assistant coach Kurt Kanaskie
Assistant coach Lewis Preston
Assistant coach Dan Earl
Home arena Bryce Jordan Center
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Michigan State 15 3   .833     31 7   .816
#17 Purdue 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
Illinois 11 7   .611     24 10   .706
Penn State 10 8   .556     27 11   .711
Ohio State 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Wisconsin 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Minnesota 9 9   .500     22 11   .667
Michigan 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northwestern 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Iowa 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Indiana 1 17   .056     6 25   .194
2009 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team represented Pennsylvania State University and completed the season by winning the 2009 National Invitation Tournament over the Baylor Bears at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Head Coach, Ed DeChellis, coached his sixth season with the team.[1] The team played its home games in University Park, Pennsylvania at the Bryce Jordan Center, which has a capacity of 15,261, for the twelfth consecutive season.[2] The season marked the team's sixteenth consecutive season as a member of the Big Ten Conference.


Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Year Alma mater
Head coach
Ed DeChellis
2003
Penn State (1982)
Assistant coach
Kurt Kanaskie
2003
La Salle (1980)
Assistant coach
Lewis Preston
2008
VMI (1993)
Assistant coach
Dan Earl
2005
Penn State (1997)
Director of basketball operations
Jon Perry
2004
ETSU (2002)
Video coordinator

Roster[edit]

Name [3] # Position Height Weight Year Home Town
Chris Babb 10 Guard 6–5 210 Freshman Arlington, TX
Talor Battle 12 Guard 5–11 165 Sophomore Albany, NY
Jeff Brooks 25 Forward 6–8 200 Sophomore Louisville, KY
Jamelle Cornley 2 Forward 6–5 240 Senior Columbus, OH
Adam Highberger 14 Guard 6–2 170 Sophomore Blairsville, PA
David Jackson 15 Forward 6–6 205 Sophomore Farrell, PA
Andrew Jones III 22 Forward 6–9 245 Sophomore Philadelphia
Steve Kirkpatrick 41 Forward 6–5 225 Sophomore Carlisle, PA
Will Leiner 13 Guard 6–1 170 Senior Coplay, PA
Danny Morrissey 33 Guard 6–3 190 Senior Cleveland, OH
Billy Oliver 42 Forward 6–8 205 Freshman Chatham, NJ
Andrew Ott 54 Forward 6–10 235 Sophomore Abington, PA
Stanley Pringle 11 Guard 6–1 180 Senior Virginia Beach, VA
Joonas Suotamo 21 Forward 6–10 230 Senior Espoo, Finland
Cammeron Woodyard 24 Guard 6–5 205 Freshman Westminster, MD

Schedule and Results[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site


Result Record
Aug 30* 12:00 p.m. vs. Waterloo Sheridan College Athletic Centre - Davis Campus • Brampton, ON W 83–52  1–0
Aug 30* 7:00 p.m. at Sheridan Sheridan College Athletic Centre - Davis Campus • Brampton, ON W 83–65  2–0
Aug 31* 7:00 p.m. at Ryerson Kerr Hall Gynasium • Toronto, ON W 102–68  3–0
Sep 1* 12:00 p.m. at York Tait McKenzie CentreToronto, ON W 83–45  4–0
Nov 9* 2:00 p.m. Bloomsburg Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA W 77–51  5–0
*Non-conference game.

Regular Season and Postseason[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Nov 14* 6:30 p.m. William & Mary Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN W 65–51  8,026 1–0
Nov 17* 7:00 p.m. NJIT Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA
(Philly Hoop Group Classic[4])
BTN W 74–47  5,293 2–0
Nov 20* 7:00 p.m. Hartford Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA
(Philly Hoop Group Classic[4])
BTN.com W 89–64  5,142 3–0
Nov 23* 2:00 p.m. New Hampshire Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN W 70–50  4,546 4–0
Nov 25* 7:30 p.m. vs. Penn PalestraPhiladelphia, PA CN8 W 85–73  4,581 5–0
Nov 28* 6:30 p.m. vs. Rhode Island Palestra • Philadelphia, PA
(Philly Hoop Group Classic semifinal)
CN8 L 72–77  5,000 5–1
Nov 29* 6:30 p.m. vs. Towson Palestra • Philadelphia, PA
(Philly Hoop Group Classic consolation game)
CN8 W 78–54  4,195 6–1
Dec 3* 7:30 p.m. at Georgia Tech Alexander Memorial ColiseumAtlanta, GA
(ACC–Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN2 W 85–83  7,900 7–1
Dec 6* 6:00 p.m. Temple Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN L 59–65  9,833 7–2
Dec 10* 7:00 p.m. Army Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA ESPNU W 60–45  5,720 8–2
Dec 13* 4:00 p.m. Mount St. Mary's Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN.com W 61–56  4,676 9–2
Dec 21* 4:00 p.m. Lafayette Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA ESPNU W 83–55  4,462 10–2
Dec 23* 7:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN.com W 73–65  4,407 11–2
Dec 31 12:00 p.m. Northwestern Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA ESPN2 W 61–57  5,525 12–2 (1–0)
Jan 3 2:00 p.m. at Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN L 61–65  17,230 12–3 (1–1)
Jan 6 9:00 p.m. #14 Purdue Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN W 67–64  4,404 13–3 (2–1)
Jan 11 3:30 p.m. at #22 Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN BTN L 59–79  13,757 13–4 (2–2)
Jan 14 6:30 p.m. #10 Michigan State Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN L 73–78  10,270 13–5 (2–3)
Jan 17 6:00 p.m. at Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN W 65–55  15,626 14–5 (3–3)
Jan 20 9:00 p.m. Michigan Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN W 73–58  8,730 15–5 (4–3)
Jan 24 6:00 p.m. Iowa Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN W 63–59  12,210 16–5 (5–3)
Feb 1 12:00 p.m. at #9 Michigan State Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI BTN W 72–68  14,759 17–5 (6–3)
Feb 5 7:00 p.m. at Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 51–71  10,134 17–6 (6–4)
Feb 8 3:00 p.m. Wisconsin Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN L 44–54  14,686 17–7 (6–5)
Feb 11 6:30 p.m. at #23 Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN BTN L 47–61  14,013 17–8 (6–6)
Feb 14 1:30 p.m. Minnesota Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN W 68–63  12,148 18–8 (7–6)
Feb 18 7:00 p.m. at #16 Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 38–33  16,200 19–8 (8–6)
Feb 24 7:00 p.m. at Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, OH ESPN L 59–73  18,170 19–9 (8–7)
Feb 28 6:00 p.m. Indiana Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA BTN W 61–58  15,035 20–9 (9–7)
Mar 5 9:00 p.m. #23 Illinois Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA ESPN W 64–63  13,091 21–9 (10–7)
Mar 7 2:00 p.m. at Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN L 69–75 2OT 14,094 21–10 (10–8)
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 12 5:00 p.m. vs. Indiana Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(First round)
ESPN2 W 66–51  12,174 22–10
Mar 13 9:00 p.m. vs. #24 Purdue Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Quarterfinal)
BTN L 65–79  14,647 22–11
National Invitation Tournament
Mar 17* 8:00 p.m. George Mason Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA
(First round)
ESPNU W 77–73 OT 5,549 23–11
Mar 19* 7:00 p.m. Rhode Island Bryce Jordan Center • University Park, PA
(Second round)
CN8 W 83–72  6,646 24–11
Mar 24* 9:00 p.m. at Florida O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL
(Quarterfinal)
ESPN W 71–62  6,525 25–11
Mar 31* 9:00 p.m. vs. Notre Dame Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(Semifinal)
ESPN2 W 67–59  11,352 26–11
Apr 2* 7:00 p.m. vs. Baylor Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Championship game)
ESPN W 69–63  10,254 27–11
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Awards[edit]

Players[edit]

  • Talor Battle
    • Big Ten Player of the Week (Nov. 23)[5]
    • All Big Ten first team point guard[6]
  • Jamelle Cornley
    • Big Ten Player of the Week (Jan. 26)[7]
    • All Big Ten second team forward[6]
    • 2009 NIT MVP

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ed Dechellis". Pennsylvania State University. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Bryce Jordan Center". Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  3. ^ "2008–09 Penn State Men's Basketball Roster". pennlive.com. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  4. ^ a b "PHGC – 2008 Results". Philly Hoop Group. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  5. ^ "Battle Earns Conference Player Of The Week Honor". The Pennsylvania State University. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  6. ^ a b c Ross, Sam. "PSU coach, players honored by Big Ten". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 14 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Cornley Earns First Career Big Ten Player Of The Week Award". The Pennsylvania State University. 2009-01-26. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-26.