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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The cheers reverberating from George Masons locker room came from players experiencing their hottest streak in years. The quiet from Penn States mirrored the whimper of the Nittany Lions in the second half as their run was snapped.Marquise Moore scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Otis Livingston added 18 points and the Patriots beat Penn State 85-66 for their sixth straight win and best stretch since 2011-12 on Wednesday.It was a great win for our team, really proud of our guys, George Mason coach Dave Paulsen said. We really, really competed with toughness in the second half, especially I think our second-half defense was really good.Jalen Jenkins added 15 points for the Patriots (7-3) who snapped Penn States four-game winning streak.Penn State led 38-37 after a wild first half that featured 12 lead changes. But the Raiders took control starting with Livingstons 3-pointer that made it 42-40 early in the second. They dominated from there, leading for the remaining 18:58 and outrebounded the Nittany Lions 44-29, outscored them 44-16 in the paint and held a speedy Penn State team to just two fastbreak points.We looked young tonight for whatever reason, Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. We have to figure that out. We have to play much harder.Payton Banks led Penn State (6-4) with 21 points. Shep Garner and Lamar Stevens chipped in 13 apiece for the Nittany Lions.THE BIG PICTUREGeorge Mason: The Patriots are on a roll and keeping pace in a competitive Atlantic 10 conference that had five teams with six wins entering the night. They seem to have flipped a switch following a 93-65 loss to Houston on Nov. 21 and havent lost since.Penn State: The Nittany Lions had been winning despite deficiencies in a few areas while making up for them in others over the last four games. They werent able to make up for their lack of production in the paint, however.GUARDS ON THE GLASSPaulsen was wary of the size advantage Penn States forwards had heading in. The Patriots didnt start anyone over 6-foot-7 while Penn State boasted a trio of forwards at or taller than that. Paulsen was particularly concerned about 6-foot-9 Mike Watkins who was fresh off his best game where he blocked 12 shots against Wright State.But the George Mason coach had faith in his guards ability to attack the net and win those rebounds. Moore entered the game as the countrys top rebounding guard with 10 per game and posted his sixth double-double of the season.We have some pretty good rebounding guards, Paulsen said. So you cant do it unless you have really active, rebounding guards.VETERAN RESPONSIBILITYPenn States gotten big time contributions from a handful of freshmen and started three as usual. But it was one of the veterans who shouldered blame afterward.Banks was dejected after the game and pointed the finger at himself. Despite leading the team in points, he wasnt able to help on the glass.A lot of it just starts with me right here, Banks said. I had zero rebounds. We cant rely on Lamar (Miller) and Mike for the scoring load and Julian (Moore). Our guards have to rebound and thats what we lacked this game and it definitely showed on the scoreboard.UP NEXTGeorge Mason plays at Penn on Saturday and has three of their final five games in 2016 at home.Penn State plays Pittsburgh in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday and has another on the road before closing out 2016 with a pair of games at home, including the Big Ten opener on Dec. 27. [url=]NFL Jerseys Free Shipping[/url] . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. [url=]Nike NFL Jerseys China[/url] . Kuznetsov, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing for his hometown team Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL. [url=][/url] . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. [url=]Wholesale NFL Jerseys Gear[/url] . -- Bobby Ryan helped the U. [url=]Cheap NFL Jerseys China[/url] .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February and out of a job six months later.Jonathan Toews says the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks were "oblivious" to how well they were playing on the way to capturing the Stanley Cup. The 2013 Cup took some more thought. "This time around we know definitely how much work it takes and how much sacrifice it takes to get back here," the Blackhawks captain said after the Blackhawks beat Boston in six games to claim their fifth NHL title. It also took more work for general manager Stan Bowman to rebuild from scratch. Salary-cap constraints meant saying goodbye to goaltender Antti Niemi, left-wingers Andrew Ladd and Kris Versteeg, forward/defenceman Dustin Byfuglien and others. Bowman simply changed his roster on the fly, watching draft picks like goalie Corey Crawford, forwards Bryan Bickell, Brandon Saad and Dave Bolland blossom, signing defenceman Michal Rozsival and trading for centre Michal Handzus and defenceman Johnny Oduya. The result was a championship that he has his fingerprints on. "Its hard to win and you have to make some changes, sort of retool a little bit," Bowman said. "Im proud of everybody. Its been a long road to get here and this is sort of the culmination of a lot of hard work for a lot of people." Bowman, named for the Cup by his legendary father, Scotty, was around the trophy plenty throughout his life. Even though Scotty won it nine times, that never devalued the long road of getting there. "Hes a calm guy. I think he realizes how tough it is," Scotty Bowman said. "Thats the thing about the Stanley Cup is its so tough to win that when you do win it, youre delirious." Perhaps not delirious, but coach Joel Quenneville was more candid than usual as he stood on the ice at TD Garden while his players posed for pictures with the trophy that already has his name on it once. "Its always the greatest feeling in the world," Quenneville said. "Once you do it, you cant wait to do it again. The stories, the ups and downs and the process of trying to win a Cup, thats what makes it so special." The Blackhawks only had eight players back from that 2010 Cup team: Toews, Conn Smythe-winner Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa, Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson. The core group, led by Toews, Kane, Sharp and Keith, lost in the first round in 2011 and 2012. Chicago ran into a Vancouver Canucks team that was one win away from the Cup and then a hot goaltender in Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes.dddddddddddd "I thought we had two good lessons to learn," Quenneville said of those playoff exits. "The core put it all into place. Those guys that were there before, their guidance, their leadership at critical times made the difference." It wouldve been easy for Bowman to be reactionary and fidget with his core after not winning a playoff series in the two years following a championship. But the hockey lifer wisely chose to maintain the course. "I knew we had a very good team here," he said. "We do an analysis and break it down and there were so many good things that happened that you dont want to throw everything out the window." Instead, Bowman tweaked around the edges. Draft picks like Crawford, Bolland and Bickell from the previous regime under Dale Tallon turned out, mixing well with Saad, Andrew Shaw and those Bowman and his scouting staff selected. "The fact that Stan had to make so many decisions right after we won makes this one even sweeter," Sharp said. "He decided (to keep) myself and a couple of other guys around. I feel proud to be part of this organization and to win it again." Even after watching as the Blackhawks started the season with an NHL-record 24-game point streak, Bowman wasnt satisfied. His final move was to get Handzus from the San Jose Sharks before the trade deadline, and the 36-year-old was the second-line centre and the first player to get the Cup from Toews on Monday night. Handzus could immediately appreciate what it all meant. "It shows its great core here, a lot of leaders," he said. "The guys they brought in, they play great. I was the last guy, but I was just trying to fill in. The whole year, they play great." This championship was all about a changing roster and consistent performance this season. The Blackhawks became the first Presidents Trophy winners to also capture the Stanley Cup since the 2008 Detroit Red Wings. Kane said before the Cup final that he and his teammates wanted to thank Bowman for not blowing up the core. Even with the increased pressure that came with the streak and the most points in the NHL, the Blackhawks got it done. "I think its pretty much the same group as last year with maybe a couple differences," he said. "We wanted to prove ourselves all year, especially to maybe our own organization that kept us together, that were here, we can do some special things." ' ' ' 

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