Game matters to Newbill

Saturday’s Coaches vs. Cancer game loss to Ohio State on Saturday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center had a little added meaning to Penn State sophomore guard D.J. Newbill.

Newbill lost his mother, Tawanda Roach, to the disease in mid-September, not long after she was diagnosed.

“I’m just happy I could be a part of something like this,” said Newbill, who scored 15 points and handed out six assists with just one turnover in the 65-51 setback. “At the end of the day, it’s not about the win or the loss. It’s about something more important than that: fighting cancer. I hope we were able to raise a lot of money, and I wish the best of luck to all the families that are going through these times right now.”

Three dollars of every single-game ticket was donated to Coaches vs. Cancer. Attendance for the game was 11,212, Penn State’s best home crowd of the season by nearly 1,500.

“This day, overall, was great. The crowd was great. It says 11,212 people. Awesome. I hope we raised a lot of money for cancer,” Lion coach Patrick Chambers said.

– Philip Cmor