On a night where scoring was hard to come by, the Penn State Nittany Lions did just enough to pick up their eight win of the season and second in a row. The Nittany Lions overcame a poor shooting night to defeat the Duquesne Dukes by a score of 68-59. The game was played in the Console Energy Center, home of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
Penn State trailed by one early in the first half, but then was never behind the rest of the game.
The Nittany Lions shot just over 42 percent from the field. The team’s star player, guard Tim Frazier, entered the contest averaging over 18 points per game, but managed on 11 in this one. Though Frazier wasn’t really scoring, his was very instrumental in the victory by dishing out a career-high 13 assists.
Guard Allen Roberts pitched in a team-high 15 points off the bench to help aid in the victory. Penn State’s second-leading scorer for the season, guard D.J. Newbill, scored 13 points against the Dukes. Forward Donovan Jack, whose main value lies in his ability to rebound and play defense, was sharp in this one. He collected 12 rebounds and had six blocks. He also added nine points.
Duquesne really struggled on offense in this one, getting completely shut down by the Nittany Lions. The Dukes shot a miserable 27 percent from the field en route to their lowest point total of the year. Forward Ovie Soko had the best game for Duquesne, scoring a game-high 19 points and pulling down nine rebound.
With the loss, the Dukes fell to 3-4 on the season.
Penn State improved its record to 8-3 and have now won six of its last eight games. The Nittany Lions get to enjoy a few days off before stepping back on the court. Penn State hosts Princeton at 2 pm EST. on Saturday in historic Rec Hall.
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