Phillies fall to the Mets

Phillies fall to the Mets

There were two good things at last nights Phillies v. Mets game and one of them was the free Jimmy Rollins figurine I got.  The game was by far the most crowded I have seen CBP this season.  They reported it as a sell out and the biggest walk up crowd in ball park history.  This was good and bad.  Part of the reason was the great showing of Mets fans.  They are loud and obnoxious much like Philly fans.  I actually saw a number of Phillies fans (I'm presuming, they were wearing Eagles gear and doing.. Eagles chants) get kicked out of the section I was sitting in for.. get this.. "using foul language"?  That was a bit surprising to me.

What else was horrible?  The traffic.  Along with 43,500 people come a lot of cars.  The traffic was so bad it almost wish I had stayed home to watch the game.  The combo of roadwork on 95 and 476 was brutal.

And yes, the Phillies played the Mets and lost 8-5.  Brett Myers never got into his groove.  I think the balk which he was called for early on really got him flustered.  Even after being down early, the Phils got back in it and were only down one when Uggie came in to give up 2 more.  3 runs down is a whole lot harder to dig out of than 1 run down.  The Phils never mounted a final run at the Mets and lost the series opener.

What was the other good thing that came out of the night?  Aaron Fultz doing a Superman dive head first into home plate.  That guy moved up about 6 notches on the like-ability scale.  Cheers to Fultz.

Penn State falls to Pitt as comeback bid comes up short

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Penn State falls to Pitt as comeback bid comes up short

NEWARK, N.J. -- Michael Young had 29 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh held on to defeat Penn State 81-73 on Saturday in the Never Forget Tribute Classic.

Jamel Artis had 16 points and eight rebounds, Cameron Johnson scored 10 and Sheldon Jeter added eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Pitt.

A 3-pointer by Ryan Luther gave the Panthers (8-2) a 50-26 lead with 16:50 to play but Penn State used an 11-2 run to trim its deficit to 15 about four minutes later. Shep Garner scored four points during a 6-0 spurt that pulled the Nittany Lions within five with 1:50 left but Jeter answered with a 3-pointer and they would get no closer.

Mike Watkins had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while Tony Carr and Payton Banks scored 13 points apiece for Penn State (6-5). Garner added 12.

Big Picture
Penn State: After George Mason snapped Penn State's four-game winning streak, the Nittany Lions have lost two in a row for the second time this season. Penn State had lost to No. 1 Duke and No. 24 Cincinnati

Pitt: Young has led the Panthers in scoring in the past nine games, and came in to the contest ranked 17th in the country in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game.

Up Next
Penn State: After a week off, the Nittany Lions will remain on the road when they travel to Madison Square Garden to face St. John's next Sunday before closing out their non-conference schedule at home against Morgan State.

Pitt: The Panthers return to the court next Saturday to face Rice at 7 p.m. to begin a five-game home stand.

Penn falls to hot-shooting George Mason

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Penn falls to hot-shooting George Mason

PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Jenkins scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to help lead George Mason over Penn 79-60 on Saturday.

Jenkins was 9 of 11 from the field and hit all four of his free throws for the Patriots (8-3), who have won seven straight. Marquise Moore added 17 points and led the team with 16 rebounds -- his eighth double-double this season -- along with 10 assists. Otis Livingston II had 13 points.

Jenkins sank two jumpers and a layup and Jaire Grayer hit a 3-pointer as part of a 13-0 run late in the second period that gave the Patriots a 70-55 lead with 3:18 remaining.

George Mason trailed 44-40 early in the second. Livingston and Karmari Newman sank 3-pointers and Moore drained a layup midway that put the Patriots back on top, 55-48, with 10:39 to play.

Matt Howard scored 15 points with seven rebounds for the Quakers (3-5).