Penn State finished off the non-conference schedule on Wednesday night with a 96-55 blowout victory against Morgan State. The Nittany Lions were paced by a 20-point outing from freshman Lamar Stevens as six Penn State players in total scored in double figures and the Nittany Lions broke the 90-point mark for the second straight game.
How It Happened:
Penn State started hot and never really looked back. Shooting 44 percent from the field, the tandem of Shep Garner and Lamar Stevens each had 10 points in the opening 20 minutes of play. From there Josh Reaves helped on the defensive end chipping in three steals in the half as Penn State scored 11 points off turnovers.
The final 20 minutes of play was more of the same as Stevens continued his effective outing, going 5-of-7 in the half. Mike Watkins picked up three blocks.
All told it was an effective night for a Penn State team finishing off a difficult out-of-conference schedule.
It Was Over When:
Really it was a 7-0 run to open the game that finished off Wednesday night's contest. Morgan State was missing its best player in a game it was unlikely to win in the first place. The Bears answered with a short burst of their own, but by the half the 20-point margin was far too much for a shorthanded team to make up for. More specifically it was a 30-12 run over the middle 12 minute of the first half that did the Bears in.
Stats Of The Game:
Penn State picked up 23 assists for the second straight game, with 27 points on the fast break and 39 points off the bench. In total six Nittany Lions would score in double figures and Tony Carr finished the night two assists shy of a triple-double, the second Penn State player this season to nearly register the often elusive mark.
Player Of The Game:
Carr's near triple-double was impressive but Stevens continues to look beyond his years with a 20-point, eight rebound night in 23 minutes of play. Stevens' physical tools and eye for the rim have made him an early season MVP for Penn State in many contests although Watkins' presence on the defensive end is hard to deny even when it doesn't show up in the box score. Julian Moore's 10-point, eight rebound night was a good outing for the often hot-and-cold junior.
Penn State opens Big Ten play on Tuesday with an afternoon meeting at the Bryce Jordan Center against Northwestern.