The Penn State Nittany Lions recently wrapped up the 2013-14 season with a 54-52 loss to Siena in the College Basketball Invitational. It was a disappointing campaign for the Nittany Lions, who finished with a mediocre record of 16-18, including going 6-12 in the Big Ten Conference. There were some bright moments, but inconsistency and mistakes doomed the team in several games.
Through there were not many wins over the course of the season, there were some notable victories. Penn State swept the season series with Ohio State and defeated Nebraska on the road.
Head coach Patrick Chambers completed his third season with Penn State and has recorded an overall record of 38-58, showing improvement over the three years. The 16 total wins and six conference wins this year marked his best as head coach of the Nittany Lions. Penn State managed just two conference wins a year ago.
Senior point guard Tim Frazier ended his Penn State career as the school’s all-time assist leader. He averaged 14.9 points a game this season and led the conference with 5.5 assists per game. His efforts earned him a spot on the All-Big Ten Third Team. He’s only the second player ever in the Big Ten to put up 1,000 points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds in a career.
Fellow guard D.J. Newbill was the best source of production for the Nittany Lions, especially at the end of the year. His 17.8 points a game was second in the conference and was named to the All Big-Ten Second Team. With Frazier gone next year, Newbill will be looked at as the leader of the team.
Junior forward Ross Travis led the team in rebounding with seven boards a game.
Looking ahead to next season, the Nittany Lions could be set up for some success. Though Frazier will leave a big void, he’s the only starter who is leaving. There will be a lot of experience returning, including Newbill, Donovon Jack, Ross Travis, Jordan Dickerson, Brandon Taylor, Geno Thorpe and John Johnson.
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