Feb 27, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions forward Ross Travis (43) drives to the basket around Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) during the first half at the Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Win Second Straight 79-72 Over La Salle

Through four games, one thing is becoming clear for the Penn State basketball team. Well, two actually.  One, there is quite a bit of offense in this group.  Secondly, and probably a big reason for the scoring depth, is how crucial Tim Frazier is.  All 5 Nittany Lions starters finished in double figures, lead by sophomore big man Donovon Jack’s 18.  Tim Frazier finished with a rather ordinary 13, but his 11 assists may have been the story of the night behind Jack’s career evening.

The game got off to a quick start, lead by two of Jack’s four 3 pointers on the evening, and both teams shooting at a blistering pace.  The visiting Explorers were above 60% from the field about halfway through the half, and were lead by 10 first half points from center Steve Zack.  Jack and guard D.J. Newbill were each at 10 points as well in the first 20 minutes.  After the hot start from each team, each was below 50% by the break (45% for PSU, 47% for La Salle).  PSU assisted on 9 of those 13 field goals, lead by 7 from Frazier.

The Explorers again got off to a hot start from the field in the second half, but the Lions quickly settled down on the defensive end, pulling away in the final 10 minutes.  Perhaps most impressive was how it was not Frazier scoring the points for PSU in that run, as Jack, Ross Travis, and Brandon Taylor all hit key shots during the run.  Travis finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while the sophomore Taylor had 15 and 8, as well as 4 blocks, in what was almost certainly his best all around game as a Nittany Lion.

Next up for Pat Chambers’ squad is a Sunday afternoon home date with Longwood.

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