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Alabama, Bucknell on PSU home slate

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UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team tips off its 2019-20 slate with two home games the first week of the season, with the opener on Tuesday, Nov. 5 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Bryce Jordan Center will play host to eight of the Nittany Lions’ 11 nonconference games with four home games each in November and December.

With the return of All-Big Ten first-team selection Lamar Stevens and Big Ten All-Defensive Team member Mike Watkins, and the nucleus of the Nittany Lion squad that won seven of its last 10 conference games, Penn State recently received a No. 5 preseason Big Ten projection by CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein.

Four starters return for the Nittany Lions as they welcome Wagner for the first weekend game on Saturday, Nov. 9. On the road for its 2019 Gavitt Tipoff game, Penn State will play at Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Two home games, part of the NIT Season Tip-Off, bring Bucknell, co-champion of the Patriot League, and Yale, co-champion of the Ivy League, to the BJC. Bucknell will visit for a Tuesday, Nov. 19 game and Yale for a Saturday, Nov. 23.

The Nittany Lions meet Mississippi on Wednesday, Nov 27, the first night of the Barclays Center games in Brooklyn, to set up a meeting with either Oklahoma State or Syracuse on Friday, Nov. 29.

Penn State opens December at home with its first game against Wake Forest since the 1989-90 season, and the first meeting between the two teams in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The nonconference slate resumes after all Big Ten teams play two early December conference games, with a home and away game to be announced later this summer.

For the first time since 1982, Alabama travels to University Park. The return game of the two-game series will take place in December, either on Saturday, Dec. 14 or Sunday, Dec. 15.

The BJC will play host to a Friday night contest versus Central Connecticut State on Dec. 20. This will be the third meeting between Penn State and CCSU, the last in 2010.

The Nittany Lions close the 2019 calendar year, and their nonconference portion of their schedule, hosting Cornell on Sunday, Dec. 29. Cornell and Penn State have played 11 times overall, with the last three meetings all in the BJC.

Lift for Life raises $50,000

UNIVERSITY PARK — The preliminary fundraising total for the the 17th annual Penn State Uplifting Athletes “Lift for Life” is $50,682.

The money raised will benefit Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient focused programs and rare disease research. The 2018-19 fundraising total for the Penn State chapter currently sits at $56,018. The 17-year total for Penn State Uplifting Athletes is now nearly $1.45 million.

Gillikin nominated

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State senior punter Blake Gillikin is among the 137 candidates for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field.

Mount player signs pro deal

O’FALLON, Mo. — On Tuesday, Matthew McCourt became the first player from Mount Aloysius to sign a contract to play professional baseball, as he signed to play for the River City Rascals of the Frontier League.

“Nobody deserves this opportunity more than Matt,” head coach Kevin Kime said. “He’s a really special player, a hard worker, and a great young man.”

The River City Rascals are a member of the Frontier League, an independent, unaffiliated, minor league based out of Sauget, Ill. The league spans into the midwest.

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