Live Blog: Penn State-South Carolina

Ah yes, “the sweet music of college hoops” as the ESPN2 announcers just called it. And I’ve got the live blog running so if any of you are actually watching and have the internet on handy with you, keep refreshing my page from time to time. I must warn you though, this is my first time doing something like this so forgive me if I’m not exactly Bill Simmons’ running NBA diary or any of the numerous live blogs done on Awful Announcing.

FIRST HALF

12:01 PM – Announcers for today: Len Elmore and some unknown ginger kid to his right. Attendance at the “Milk House” in Walt Disney World’s Wide World Of Sports Complex is around a couple hundred people, including two folks dressed like the Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers…Okay, I was making that last part up.

In retrospect, perhaps Chip and Dale could’ve rescued our dismal shooting display

12:03 PM – PSU opens up in the MAN-TA-MAN! (homage to Bill Raftery) . How many times could you say that last year? On another note, I had no idea the dad from “ALF” was coaching South Carolina.

Starting lineup for PSU: Battle, Morrissey, Claxton, Brooks, and Hassell

12:07 PM – Devan Downey is South Carolina’s own Talor Battle. He’s 5’9″ but super-quick and he’s got all 4 of SC’s points, he had a sweet spin move for a jump shot at the foul line and then picked a PSU player’s pocket (which the ESPN2 cameras conveniently did not show who until it was too late) for a layup. Right now, the game is deadlocked at 4 with about 16 and a half minutes to play in the first half.

12:13 – And Devan Downey continues to be a one-man show for the Gamecocks, hitting a three pointer. 9-5 SC with 7 of those 9 points belonging to Downey

12:14 – And the good ol’ perimeter defense from last year is coming back for PSU. Another quick 3 for SC. 12-7 ‘Cocks after a quick Brandon Hassell layup to answer.

12:16 – And Ed DeChellis finally sends in reinforcements: Mike Walker enters the game, as does DJ Jackson

12:20 – Currently on the floor for PSU: Pringle, Walker, Claxton, Jackson, and Jones. 12-11 SC as we go to the commercial break.

12:21 – Has it become a little too cliche to show clips of bombs, guns, and destruction while playing “What A Wonderful World” as the background music? Just wondering…

12:25 – The game as officially become the “Devan Downey Show” 13 points for him. 22-16 SC. Andrew Jones has been a surprising positive for PSU as he’s been grabbing his share of offensive boards, including one that got him a nice putback and foul to complete a three-point play.

12:28 – BLOCK PARTY AT THE JONES RESIDENCE! That’s right Jones is getting it done on the defensive end now. The next couple offensive series for us include a trey from Battle and a dunk in transition by DJ. Only down by one going into the TV timeout.

12:30 – So, is this what Seth MacFarlane has been doing during the Writer Guild of America’s strike? Using his Family Guy characters in Subway commercials? Can we PLEASE a settlement soon?

12:36 – *Gasp* It’s a Thanksgiving miracle! Jamelle Cornley is in the game, his first game action since injuring himself in the Blue-White scrimmage. And he just showcased a prime example of how much this newfound depth is helping us, getting double teamed and instead of trying to force up a shot, dishes it to a wide-open Jones for the dunk. It’s 27-24 SC at the moment.

12:44 – The “Please God, Take Me Now” stat of the game thus far: 13 points off turnovers for SC, 1 for PSU. And the score is 30-26 SC. If we could just cut down on the turnovers, we could very much be winning this.

12:46 – And just as Len Elmore is singing Jamelle Cornley’s praises: Cornley air-balls a three. Unintentional humor at it’s finest…Cornley is still having a pretty good game though considering it’s his first true game action of the season.

12:51 – Whoa, what just happened? A second ago, it was only 32-30 SC but when I looked back up from my laptop, it was 37-30 and SC had stolen the in-bounds pass before handing it right back to Hassell who outlet passed it to Talor Battle, who was rejected for bringing some “weak tot action.” on his layup attempt.

And on that note: It’s halftime and the score remains 37-30 Cocks. Walker and Morrissey have also been non-existent from three point land. I don’t have a Game-tracker up at the moment so I can’t tell you just how bad the perimeter shooting has been for us, but let’s put it this way: if anyone gets hot from outside for us in the 2nd half, we can definitely come back and win this thing. Claxton also needs to step up in a big way, he’s been MIA. Devan Downey needs to be contained as well, along with our turnovers.

SECOND HALF

1:07 – Has anyone noticed that ESPN’s Gametracker abbreviates Andrew Jones’ name as A III? That is just flat-out badass…And I believe the nickname search is over for this guy.

1:10 – And Danny Morrissey has awoken from his 3-point shooting slump…couldn’t have picked a better time to do so either. He also had beautiful cut to the basket for a layup prior to hitting the three. 41-35 SC.

1:11 – And the perimeter showers are starting to pick up for us, as Claxton knocks down one from behind the arc. PSU only down by three once again.

1:17 – There’s nothing more embarrassing than air-balling a free throw on national TV with 100 fans watching you.

1:21 – Mis-timed pass by PSU leads to another turnover, superb rebounding is the one thing keeping us from getting killed. And Downey now has 25 points after a desperation three falls in. 47-42 SC.

1:24 – PSU turnover count: 14. And there’s still about 13 minutes to play. They should have some dude in the stands taping paper T’s along the railings like someone putting up K’s at a baseball game to signify all the turnovers we’ve had thus far.

1:31 – Back-to-back steals by Claxton and Pringle cut the defecit to 53-50. Still no signs of Cornley here in the 2nd half.

1:38 – Well, here’s the situation: SC is up 59-50 w/7:42 to play and we’ve suddenly gone ice-cold shooting the ball. There is some good news though…Jamelle Cornley is back in the game.

1:39 – Where are we at in society today? Are kids too wimpy to go Christmas carolling in the cold that they now resort to recording themselves with a digital camera and uploading it onto an ipod which they put on their neighbor’s doorstep?

1:47 – Well, the relatives showed up a bit earlier than expected so I had to help them bring suitcases out from the car and missed the last several minutes of action. I did get back in time though to see Battle miss his 20th three point attempt, and see a couple other putbacks rim out, only to have the ball knocked back to Pringle who gets called for a phantom backcourt violation. Seriously, who’s reffing this game? Cruella DeVille?

2:01 – So, after mingling with the relatives for a bit and letting my uncle check his email on the laptop, I’m back on…and this one is over. 70-63 SC with 32 seconds left. We had the defecit cut down to 3 and then started trapping with Pringle and Battle with less than 2 minutes to go and while we didn’t get a turnover out of it, we still forced them into some near-mistakes…why didn’t ED decide to do this sooner? It may have helped get us over the hump and perhaps tie or take the lead for once. But anyway, I’m cutting this thing off now, have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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