In previous seasons, 9 points from Tim Frazier would be a harbinger of a poor offensive day at best, and perhaps a bad loss at worst. Instead, five games into the 2013-14 season, it would seem that Pat Chambers is not going to be forced to rely on his All Big 10 point guard to do everything. Instead, it was sophomore forward Brandon Taylor’s (25 points, , and junior guard D.J. Newbill (23 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) that lit up the Jordan Center scoreboard. Frazier was hardly invisible, however, contributing 8 of Penn State’s 25 assists.
Things did not get off to a quick start, with sloppy play all around leading to just a 20-18 lead for Penn State at the under 8 media timeout. The pace did pick up leading into halftime, where PSU would lead by 10, 37-27. Coming out of the locker room, the Lions were much sharper, scoring the first 8 points of the half, and opening up the margin to 18 points. The Lancers would rally one last time to cut the deficit to 10, but PSU was never threatened, pulling away for the big win.
PSU shot a blistering 57% from the floor, and assisted on an astounding 25 of the 32 field goals.
The Lions host Monmouth at 6:00 on Tuesday in their first game of the Barclays Center Classic, before heading to Brooklyn on Friday for a date with St. John’s, and then a Saturday matchup with either Georgia Tech or Ole Miss.
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