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Penn State Basketball: Stevens Has A Shot At Unofficial History Wednesday Night

by on November 21, 2018 11:45 AM

Penn State basketball will look to improve to 4-1 on the year and win the Cancun Challenge in the process as it takes on Bradley tonight at 8:30. The 4-1 Braves defeated SMU to advance to the Wednesday night showdown against the Nittany Lions.

While winning will almost certainly be enough for junior forward Lamar Stevens, he has a chance to grab a piece of very unofficial history in the process.

So far this season Stevens has scored 20 or more points in all four games. Wrapping around to last season's final game, Stevens has scored 20 or more points in five games after pouring in 28 points against Utah in the NIT Championship. 

And adding to that streak would be historic, or in the very least quite rare in the recent history of Penn State basketball. Rolling back through 10 years worth of game logs back to the 2007-08 season only DJ Newbill can match Stevens' streak of five games of 20 or more points when he did the same during in 2014-15. Stevens has been more efficient as well, going 46-of-82 from the field at a 56% clip while Newbill was 48-of-95 at 50% even.

Talor Battle? He never did it.

Tony Carr? Nope.

Shep Garner? Nah.

Tim Frazier? Close, but never pulled it off.

All of Penn State's biggest scorers in the past decade have run streaks of two or three games at that level, but aside from Newbill, none of them have hit the five game mark. And six straight games? That would be a mark for Stevens and Stevens alone.

To be sure this isn't definitively the only time this has happened at Penn State, but limited access to old (I'm so very glad the early 2000s has already turned into old) box scores and game logs has hampered the scope of looking much farther back than 2001. Although as a point of necessity I did manage to dig up Geary Claxton's stats from 2004 up until his knee injury two years later and he didn't pull off the feat either.

There is a chance Joe Crispin or Titus Ivory pulled it off in 2000-01 but based on limited information I could find, my tentative guess is that they didn't. Meanwhile I'm still getting over the difficultly of finding box scores from games that happened in my lifetime. Nevertheless...

[As it turns out, Crispin had an eight game stretch in 2000-01, so Stevens will have to keep it going. Thanks to the fine folks at PennStateHoops.com for digging it up.]

So yea, it's not an exact science, but if Stevens hits the 20 mark yet again on Wednesday night, you'll be seeing -if nothing else- something very rare in Penn State basketball's long history.



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