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Penn State Basketball: Lamar Stevens Scores 26 In Closed Door Scrimmage Against West Virginia

by on October 21, 2019 2:50 PM

Penn State played West Virginia in a (not so) secret scrimmage on Saturday afternoon and star Nittany Lion forward Lamar Stevens scored 26 points according to coach Patrick Chambers.

While the scrimmages are not in fact secret, the rules surrounding them as it pertains to the release of information both before and after the event are different than a standard exhibition game, although those rules have changed slightly over the past few seasons. 

Nevertheless, Penn State made the trip to Morgantown for the second-straight year, the Nittany Lions upending West Virginia last season 84-82 during a publicly held exhibition. This time the hosts came a bit more prepared for the outing, as Penn State mixed in a handful of new faces for the first time against a completely different team than fellow players wearing Blue and White.

Chambers didn't elaborate on the final score, but did mention his overall satisfaction with the information gathered during the game, especially what he described as a well played second half.

"Because it was a week earlier (than last year's scrimmage) it was exactly where we're supposed to be. We've got to toughen up a little bit on the defensive end. There's something we've got to clean up there's something we've got to work on. Versus pressure, our pressure needs to be a little bit better. It was a great barometer to say, this is where we are and this is what we need to work on."

As for Stevens, his 26 points came following a strong second-half performance according to Chambers.

"I thought his second 20 minutes was probably the best second 20 minutes I've seen anybody play. I don't think he scored very much in the first 20 and had 26 because he showed a lot of perseverance. He was getting mauled, and that's good for him because he's going to get mauled in the Big Ten."

According to Chambers the Nittany Lions started Jamari Wheeler, Myreon Jones, Izaiah Brockington, Lamar Stevens and big man John Harrar with center Mike Watkins coming in off the bench to avoid early foul trouble. Chambers noted that both Wheeler and Watkins fouled out, joking that "nearly everyone did" in a physical contest behind closed doors.

Stevens was equally optimistic about the Nittany Lions' progress following Saturday.

"We aren't where we want to be [at the end of the year]," Stevens said on Monday. "But we're on the right path."

Penn State faces Delaware at Noon this Sunday for a public exhibition game and opens the regular season on November 5th against Maryland Eastern Shore.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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