Those of you who have been following closely already know that Talor Battle has been struggling to find his game in the World University Games. But today he broke out and showed the world what Penn State and Big Ten fans already know. When the game is on the line, Talor Battle will find a way to get it done.
Late in the fourth period, Team USA found themselves down by five points to the powerful Serbian team in front of their home crowd. Battle had two crucial three point shots to spark the 68-66 comeback victory to keep Team USA's perfect record in tact. Battle led all scorers with 17 points in the game.
"Early in the game, coach talked about coming off the ball screen," said Battle. "I was really trying to take my time and focus on getting that guy on my hip and then attacking. I got some easy baskets, and after a while, they started chasing and I was able to step back and hit some threes. I was just playing with a lot of confidence."
And of course, the world found out something else about Talor that we already know. He's not such a great foul shooter.
After both sides were unable to convert on possessions, Battle drove through a sea of defenders and was fouled going to the basket. With 11.6 seconds to play, Battle missed both of his shots.
Oh well. You know Battle doesn't play his best unless there is some drama involved. Hopefully he can bring home a gold medal. But leave the swine flu in Serbia, please.