College Basketball Notebook: Penn State guard roughed up, bloodied ... and appreciative

2012-12-30T00:00:00Z College Basketball Notebook: Penn State guard roughed up, bloodied ... and appreciativeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 30, 2012 12:00 am  • 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Twenty-three points and 12 rebounds didn't come without a price for Penn State point guard D.J. Newbill on Saturday.

Newbill, the sophomore who has replaced injured star Tim Frazier in Penn State's lineup, sported a cut below his eye, a gash on his elbow and also literally blew out one of his size-13 shoes as the Nittany Lions were able to hang on throughout a foul-plagued, physical second half to defeat Duquesne 84-74.

"It was a tough, physical game, and that's what is going to happen in the Big Ten," said Newbill, whose 23 points was a career high. "I appreciate those guys getting me ready for the Big Ten."

"D.J. was awesome, I love it," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "He's a (Philadelphia) guard. If you don't come out with blood on you and scraped-up knees, you haven't played hard. I'm glad we were put in that position because we're going to be in it again."

Newbill was forced to change his uniform shorts because of blood stains. Shortly after that, one of his sneakers rolled under and broke, and he quickly emerged from the bench wearing two shoes of different colors.

UConn extends Ollie's contract through 2017-18

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut has given men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie a new contract that runs through the end of the 2017-18 season.

The deal, signed Saturday, is worth just under $7 million and begins Jan. 1. When Ollie was hired in September, he was signed for just one season.

"As I said in my first press conference, I want to be here a lifetime, and this is a step, hopefully a great step, in the program moving forward," Ollie said.

Ollie, who turned 40 on Thursday, was hired after Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun retired. His original deal had a pro-rated value of just over $465,000, the school said.

Ollie has led UConn to a 10-2 record despite losing five underclassmen from last year's team after it was announced that the Huskies were academically ineligible for the upcoming postseason.

Ollie was greeted with a standing ovation as he walked on the court Saturday night, and the student section chanted his name.

Rutgers coach Rice returns

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice returned to the court Saturday after a three-game, 16-day suspension for inappropriate behavior and language.

"I may not be perfect, but I know I'm going to change and improve," Rice said. "I brought this on myself. For 21 years, I've asked my players to change and improve. Now I have this opportunity to do that myself."

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