Albany holds on to beat Penn State 87-81
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Joe Cremo scored 22 points, Dallas Ennema had 20 points and David Nichols added 19 to lead Albany over Penn State 87-81 in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament on Friday night.
Shep Garner made three free throws with 17 seconds left to pull Penn State to 82-79 but Cremo, Ennema and Marqueese Grayson combined to hit five free throws to ice the season opener for both teams.
The Great Danes dominated the first half, leading 41-25 at halftime. They fended off Penn State's late rally by controlling the glass and playing opportunistic offense.
Albany pulled down 43 rebounds to Penn State's 26 and scored 20 points off of fast breaks.
Garner scored 17 of Penn State's final 19 points and finished with 20.