The College Report: Billy Oliver of Chatham Scores 21 in Penn State Win

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Penn State's Billy Oliver (Chatham, Jr.) scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Nittany Lions past Purdue, 65-45, in State College, Pa. on Thursday in men's basketball. Oliver, a 6-8 forward out of Chatham High, took all his shots from outside the 3-point perimeter, making seven of those.

"It's about time a couple fell," Oliver said. "It's a testament to [teammate Tim Frazier] driving the wing. He's got four guys on him and somehow he still picks out a pass and puts it in the shooting pocket. All the hard work comes from him and the other guys creating my shots."

"He's got it in him," said Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers of Oliver. "Not to just do it once in a while, either. He's got it in him. He's got to play with great confidence. Tim got him wide-open shots and when Billy plays like that it really opens things up for Tim, too. So now you don't know who to stop, which is a good thing."

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The Nittany Lions boosted their season mark to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten by defeating the Boilermakers, who brought a 12-3 record into the contest.  

Ken Rubenstein (South Orange, Jr.) atoned for an otherwise subpar shooting performance by sinking two free throws that provided the winning points as Montclair State edged William Paterson, 80-79, in a key New Jersey Athletic Conference matchup in Montclair on Wednesday. Rubenstein, a 6-1 guard out of Columbia High, scored 10 points in the game on 3-for-11 shooting from the field, including two of eight from downtown. He hadn't visited the foul line until he stepped into position with 1:27 left on the game clock and sank both his attempts to put the Red Hawks (12-3, 2-1 NJAC) up by three points.

Alex Rosenberg (Short Hills, Fr.) scored 12 points and managed a team-high four assists to help Columbia defeat Colgate, 66-59, in Hamilton, N.Y. on Wednesday. Rosenberg, a 6-7 forward out of Millburn High, buried five of nine field goal attempts, plus both of his free throws. High rebounder in the contest was Colgate guard Mike Venezia (Westfield, Sr.), who came down with nine caroms. The 6-1 guard out of Westfield High contributed eight points to the Red Raiders attack; he landed two of four 3-point tries and both of his free throws. The winning Lions improved to 10-5, while Colgate dropped to 5-9.

Nothing helps fatten up a scoring average like bringing the ball upcourt against Rensselaer Poly, as Stevens Tech and Middlebury proved recently. Stevens dusted off the Engineers, 127-83, in Hoboken on Monday, with Russ Thompson (West Orange, Jr.) chipping in 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the floor (2-for-3 from 3-point range), along with six assists, six rebounds and two steals. The Ducks' output represented a single-game scoring record and their season mark ticked up to 10-2.

Then Middlebury had its turn, and the undefeated Panthers, ranked no. 1 in Division 3, rolled over RPI, 123-111, in Troy, N.Y. on Tuesday.  Middlebury's Joey Kizel (Short Hills, Soph.) scored 10 points and earned credit for eight assists. He shot 4-for-9 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the foul line. Middlebury is now 10-0.

Steve Henderson (West Orange, Soph.) of Bloomfield College hoisted seven tries from 3-point territory and saw five of those skim through the net for 15 points in Tuesday's 93-53 rout of Nyack College in Bloomfield. He also had three assists. Teammate Kevin Udo (West Orange, Soph.) scored eight points on 4-for-9 shooting, blocked eight Nyack shots and grabbed 11 caroms. The Deacons are now 10-5.

Yvon Raymond (Maplewood, Jr.) led St. Peter's in rebounding, with eight boards, in Monday's 71-67 road loss to Marist. He also put seven points on the scoreboard, shooting 3-for-5 from the field and 1-for-2 from the foul line. The Peacocks (3-12) then returned to Jersey City to defeat Canisius, 65-61, on Thursday, as Raymond scored six points and collected five rebounds.

Lafayette's Rob Delaney (Westfield, Sr.) had a game-high five assists as the Leopards lost, 78-73, to visiting Penn on Wednesday. Delaney took only three shots from the field, making one, to go with two successful free throws for a total of four points. The Leopards dropped to 5-10.

Hamilton split a pair of games at the Sig Makofski Invitational in Schenectady, N.Y., defeating Wells, 69-52, on Monday and then losing, 69-54, to host Union on Tuesday. Pat Sullivan (Madison, Sr.) was good for 16 points in the Wells victory, shooting 6-for-11 from the field (1-for-3 from long range) and 3-for-5 from the foul line. The 6-7 forward out of Delbarton then scored a team-high 11 points against Union, depositing just three of 13 shots in the bucket, but making five of seven at the victims' compensation bureau line. The Continentals returned to Clinton, N.Y. with a 10-3 record.

WOMEN’S HOOPS

Lindsay Atchison (Green Village, Jr.) of King's College was named to the All-Tournament team at the Blue and Gold Poet Classic in Whittier, Calif. last Friday. Atchison, a 6-foot forward out of Chatham High, scored 21 points over the two games the Monarchs played, which comprised an 83-61 loss to Illinois Wesleyan, followed by a 60-49 win over Regis. She scored 14 points in the first game, shooting 5-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-5 from long range, and 1-for-1 from the foul line. She then scored seven points in the win over the Philbins, converting all five free throws she took, plus one of four shots from the floor. King's greets 2012 with an 8-3 record.   

Gettysburg’s Caroline Murphy (Chatham, Soph.) garnered a career-high 15 rebounds as the Bullets downed Scranton, 46-41, in the first round of the Days Inn Tournament in Gettysburg, Pa. on Monday. Murphy, a 6-1 center out of Chatham High, also notched eight points. Gettysburg then lost Tuesday’s championship game, 67-58, to Messiah. Murphy scored 13 points here (6-for-10 from the floor, 1-for-1 from downtown) and had four rebounds. Gettysburg then lost, 66-65, in overtime to Centennial Conference foe Haverford at home on Thursday. Murphy came off the bench to put 14 points on the scoreboard, hitting five of 14 field goal attempts and all four free throws. The Bullets are currently 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the Centennial.

Muhlenberg’s Laura Gregory (New Providence, Fr.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and tallied seven points in just 10 minutes of action in the Mules’ 87-38 thrashing of Dickinson in Allentown, Pa. on Wednesday. Gregory, a 5-11 forward out of New Providence High, made three of five shots from the floor, as well as one of two from the foul line. She also had two steals and one rejection as Muhlenberg improved to 10-0.

Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, Jr.) led Middlebury in scoring with eight points in a 78-36 loss to Tufts in Castine, Maine on Monday. The Villa Walsh grad cashed on three of nine shots from the floor, including one of three from Kennebunkport, and her lone free throw. The next day, Borsinger tallied 11 points in the Panthers' 64-46 loss to Salve Regina. She connected on four of 12 field goal attempts and three of four foul shots. Five rebounds came her way and she managed two rejections. Middlebury is now 3-6.

Diana Venezia (Westfield, Soph.) of North Carolina-Wilmington got in long enough to score three points in Monday's 90-63 win over North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. She lofted one field goal attempt and one free throw, with both finding their targets. The Seahawks (8-5) have won six of their last seven games.

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