For the first time all season, everything was working. The offense was efficient, the shots were falling and the defense was tight and forcing turnovers, and it lead to a big 72-45 win, their third straight.
The 11:00 AM tip might have effected things as both squads got off to a slow start shooting. The Lions, however, would quickly heat up with two first half runs of 10-0 and another at 12-0. The late half relapse that plagued PSU in their previous two games against Army and Delaware State, allowing both teams to come back never happened. By the time it was all said and done, the Lions lead 39-14 at the break, shooting over 55% from the field. Freshman Brandon Taylor lead the way with 10 points on 4/7 shooting. Junior forward Sasa Borovnjak was again strong in the starting role with 6 points on 3/3 shooting. All told, PSU had 7 players score in the first half, with 10 assists on 16 field goals, with only 4 turnovers. Jermaine Marshall asserted himself on the defensive end, collecting 4 steals, while the PSU held the Wildcats to 18% shooting from the field.
The game slowed down in the 2nd half, as the officials made themselves known, pushing both teams into the bonus before the clock showed 11 minutes remaining. The slower pace did nothing to change the outcome of the game, however, as PSU continued to apply pressure on both ends of the floor. Pat Chambers rotated his lineup freely, giving his starters a well earned break. Only D.J. Newbill played more than 30 minutes on the day.
Marshall ended the day as PSU’s leading scorer, with 15 points, to go along with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 total steals. Borovnjak contributed 11, with Newbill and Taylor adding 10. Freshman forward Donovon Jack was again effective off the bench with 6 points, with Jon Graham pitching in with 7, including 3/4 from the foul line. The Nittany Lions defense held UNH to just 22.6% shooting, and forced 15 turnovers.
The Lions will be off for the Christmas holiday until next Saturday, when they wrap up the non-conference schedule with a home date against Duquense.
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