The Penn State Nittany Lions men’s basketball team got back into the win column with an impressive 90-77 home victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday. The win is the seventh of the season for the Nittany Lions and breaks a two-game losing streak.
Penn State was in control the entire time against the Herd and never trailed in the contest.
Guards Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill started hot for the Nittany Lions, combining for Penn State’s first nine points. It’s no coincidence that those two are also the leading scorers on the team for the season. Despite the hot start, Frazier actually struggled shooting a bit in this one, finishing with just 11 points. However, he did contribute in other ways, dishing out nine assists and grabbing four rebounds. Newbill finished the game with 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Thundering Herd struggled in this one, shooting just 39.4 percent from the field. They also committed 12 turnovers and were outrebounded 47-40 by the Nittany Lions. Marshall’s leading scoring for the year, Elijah Pittamn, who leads the team with 22.9 points a game, was held to just 10 points in this one. Guard Kareem Canty lead all scorers in the game with 28.
This was a good team victory for the Nittany Lions and a great way to get some positive things going after the two consecutive defeats. Penn State got big contributions from guys other than the usual producers. Forward Ross Travis scored a career-high twenty points. Sophomore forward Donovan Jack easily topped his career and season high by scoring 18 points. He also did well on the glass, grabbing seven boards.
Overall, the Nittany Lions had five players reach double-digits in this one, en route to the easy victory. With the win, the Nittany Lions are now 7-3 on the season. Penn State takes the court again on Wednesday against Duquesne at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The game is set for 7:00 pm.
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