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Penn State hoops to host Princeton at Rec Hall

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8:15 p.m.

The Penn State men's basketball team is returning to its roots for one game this season.

The Nittany Lions will host Princeton on Dec. 14 in Rec Hall, a Penn State landmark that served as home to the school's basketball programs until the Bryce Jordan Center opened in 1995.

Penn State announced the game Wednesday afternoon with former men's basketball coach Bruce Parkhill joining current coach Pat Chambers and athletic director Dave Joyner in a news conference at Bryce Jordan Center.

Approximately 6,300 tickets will be sold to the game that has been billed a “Return to Rec.“ A time for the contest has not yet been set.

“It's a grand old lady,” Parkhill said of Rec Hall.

Penn State won almost 74 percent of its games at the gym where it last played in January of 1996.

Chambers regularly went to games at Rec Hall — its smaller dimensions and a student section that is right on top of the floor provided a decided home-court advantage — when he visited older siblings at Penn State.

He attended the greatest game ever at Rec Hall, an 88-84 double-overtime loss to No. 1 Indiana in 1993. A blown call by referee Sam Lickliter allowed the Hoosiers to send the game into overtime and eventually escape with a win.

“I'm still mad about it,” Chambers said of the loss with a laugh. “Let's make this an event the rest of the country is going to be envious of.”

Joyner said no games have been scheduled at Rec Hall beyond the one that will be played as part of a nonconference slate that also includes games at Pitt and Duquesne.

But Joyner said Penn State will “entertain” playing more games at Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions moved to the more spacious Bryce Jordan Center — it seats 15,621 — as part of their agreement to join the Big Ten.

Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at sbrown@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ScottBrown_Trib.

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