D.J. Newbill had 26 points including the driving layup as the buzzer sounded to lift Penn State to a 72-71 victory over Cornell at the Charleston Classic on Friday night.

The Big Red (2-3) were up 71-70 with four seconds left but threw the inbounds pass into the backcourt to beat the five-second clock. Geno Thorpe picked it up and passed to Newbill on the left side. Newbill dribbled the baseline and went up for the winning shot before time ran out.

It was the first lead for Penn State (3-1) since going up 4-2 less than three minutes into the game.

John Johnson had 17 points, including a high arcing 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left that drew the Nittany Lions to 71-70.

Galal Cancer and Robert Hatter had 17 points each for Cornell.

D.J. Newbill had 26 points including the driving layup as the buzzer sounded to lift Penn State to a 72-71 victory over Cornell at the Charleston Classic on Friday night.

The Big Red (2-3) were up 71-70 with four seconds left but threw the inbounds pass into the backcourt to beat the five-second clock. Geno Thorpe picked it up and passed to Newbill on the left side. Newbill dribbled the baseline and went up for the winning shot before time ran out.

It was the first lead for Penn State (3-1) since going up 4-2 less than three minutes into the game.

John Johnson had 17 points, including a high arcing 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left that drew the Nittany Lions to 71-70.

Galal Cancer and Robert Hatter had 17 points each for Cornell, which faces Drexel for seventh place game Sunday.

Penn State takes on Southern Cal for fifth.

It was a dramatic change of fortune for the Nittany Lions in Charleston. They rallied from 17 points down against Charlotte on Thursday night only to fall 106-97 in double overtime.

Cornell had already matched its win total from last season's 2-26 campaign and came out seeking victory No. 3 against the Big Ten Conference opponent.

Things were tight until midway in the opening period when the Big Red broke out for a 14-2 run. Robert Hatter made two 3-pointers while Dave LaMore and Shonn Miller had two baskets apiece.

When Miller hit a jumper with 5:11 left, Cornell led 31-18.

Penn State closed things to 33-26 on Newbill's third 3-pointer of the period. But Devin Cherry had two foul shots and a layup down the stretch to send the Big Red to the locker room ahead 37-28.

TIP INS

Penn State: D.J. Newbill's 35 points in Thursday night's double-overtime loss to Charlotte are the most by a Big Ten player this season.

Cornell: The Big Red have gotten an early boost from the return of Galal Cancer, who took a year away from basketball last year. Cancer is averaging 11 points a game.

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Penn State will play Southern Cal for fifth place at the Charleston Classic on Sunday.

Cornell will play Southern Drexel for seventh place at the Charleston Classic on Sunday.