It may be early, and the meat of the schedule surely is to come, but for the first time all season, Penn State put together back to back strong offensive halves en route to a 78-70 victory over Army.
It’s not much of a stretch to say Penn State played their best half of the season in the opening 20 minutes. The Lions scored the first 7 points of the game and shot over 56% from the field in the first half. The strong shooting wasn’t the only story, as an aggressive defense forcing turnovers and holding the Black Knights to just 37.5% from the field, en route to a 40-28 halftime lead.
But since this is Penn State basketball, of course nothing came easy. Suddenly the shots weren’t falling, the turnovers returned, and the Army shots started falling. By the time Patrick Chambers used his third timeout of the half, the lead was down to 2. Army would hang around, but would never get that close before the final horn sounded.
Sophomore guard D.J. Newbill lead the Lions with 19 points, but 3 other PSU starters scored in double figures. Sophomore forward Ross Travis added 14 points and 10 boards for his second career double double. Jermaine Marshall had 16, 11 of which came in the first half. Freshman Brandon Taylor put in 14 as well.
Penn State is off until next Saturday, when they face Delaware State.
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