Freddie Barnes made eight of nine free throws in the second half last night as Penn State rallied from a 12-point deficit for a 69-65 victory over George Washington in State College, Pa.
Barnes's free throws -- all in the final 9:04 -- kept the Nittany Lions close, and his layup with 50 seconds left gave Penn State a 66-65 lead. The Colonials were outscored, 17-2, in the game's final five minutes.
Penn State (16-9, 9-7) moved into fourth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference; George Washington (15-10, 9-8) fell to seventh.
Dirkk Surles gave the Colonials a 55-43 lead when he scored following the steal of an inbounds pass. With 4:55 left, George Washington had a 63-52 advantage after two jump shots by Sonni Holland.
In the next four minutes, however, Penn State outscored the Colonials 12-0, taking a 64-63 lead on DeRon Hayes's jumper from the right side with 1:35 left.
Surles scored with a minute left, but on their next possession the Colonials knocked the ball out of bounds while going for a rebound. Barnes stole a pass on the Colonials' final possession.
Morgan State 101, N. Carolina A&T 94: Steven Haynes scored 27 points to lead Morgan State (6-9, 6-20 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) at home. Marcus Sheffield had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. North Carolina A&T fell to 16-8, 9-5.
Maryland-Eastern Shore 117, Bethune-Cookman 88: Darrick Purnell's 32 points led the winners (5-20, 3-11 MEAC) in Princess Anne, Md. Reggie Cunningham led Bethune Cookman (4-22, 3-12) with 30 points.