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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Crush Wildcats, 72-45

by on December 23, 2012 12:00 PM

Second Half Update: Penn State 72, New Hampshire 45

Penn State started where it left off in the first half, scoring 33 points in the second half en route to a 72-45 victory, the third straight for the Nittany Lions.

New Hampshire shot the ball at a 28 percent clip in the second half, still only good for 7-for-25. The Wildcats shot only 22 percent from the field for the game, scoring 16 of their 45 points from the free throw line.

Junior Jermaine Marshall was one of four Nittany Lions to score in double figures, and one of nine to score, leading the way with 15 points. Marshall also registered five steals, tying his career high. Brandon Taylor and DJ Newbill both added 10 points, while forward Sasa Borovnjak continued his strong play with 11.

Penn State shot 46 percent for the game while scoring 22 points off of New Hampshire turnovers.

The Wildcats never threatened in the second half, and Penn State coach Patrick Chambers substituted liberally during the final five minutes of play. Walk-on sophomore Kevin Montminy nailed a 3 with less than a minute to go, breaking the 70-point barrier.

Sophomore forward Ross Travis left for the locker room late in the game. Travis is nursing a left knee injury he sustained late in the week during practice. Chambers said that it was not serious following the game.

Halftime Update: Penn State 39, New Hampshire 14

With tip slated for 11 a.m. there is always a risk that a team will come out slow and lethargic. For the first four minutes of Penn State's Sunday morning game against New Hampshire, that was the case. However, after a rousing conversation with head coach Patrick Chambers during the timeout, the Nittany Lions responded with a 20-2 run that opened up the game.

Penn State dominated in all facets of the first half, totaling 15 points off of New Hampshire's nine turnovers while shooting 55 percent from the field.

Seven different Nittany Lions scored in the half, led by freshman Brandon Taylor's 10 points, which gave him his fifth career double-digit outing. Junior guard Jermaine Marshall padded his stats with seven points, three rebounds, four steals and three assists.

New Hampshire made only five shots in the opening 20 minutes and struggled to find open looks, as the Nittany Lion defense had an answer to most everything the Wildcats attempted on offense.

Penn State has struggled finding consistency in the paint all season, but the trio of Sasa Borovnjak, freshman Donovon Jack and Jon Graham answered the call going 6-for-6 from the field.

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