Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Waltz Past George Washington 74-54
The back half of Penn State's out-of-conference slate will do little to help the Nittany Lions' resume, but as is so often the case across the country the "easy" games can turn into the ones that catch teams on an off day. A win is a win, and Penn State avoided picking up a bad loss on Saturday afternoon with an emphatic 74-54 victory over George Washington.
How It Happened:
Penn State scored, George Washington didn't and that was the bulk of the first half as the Nittany Lions rolled out to a 29-point first half lead. Penn State found itself ahead 36-9 with just over five minutes to play in the half, with little resistance or response from George Washington along the way.
By the time the buzzer sound Penn State was ahead 48-19 and there wasn't much else to be said.
The second half was more of the same. George Washington put together a few stretches of scoring, but Penn State was too fast, too talented and too confident to let this one slip away.
It Was Over When:
Penn State has jumped out to larger early leads before, so it wasn't until midway through the first half that it became apparent the Nittany Lions weren't going to lose this one. A 48-19 halftime margin is about all you need to know.
Stat Of The Game:
Penn State managed seven points off the bench in this one. That's six more points than the previous two games combined. Even so all five of Penn State's starters hit double-figures. Carr managed 19 on 50 percent shooting, Josh Reaves an effective 11, while Lamar Stevens and Shep Garner added 10 and 12 points of their own, respectively.
Player Of The Game:
It's becoming less a question of "will he" and more of "when?" for Mike Watkins recording a triple-double in points, rebounds and blocks. Watkins had 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks on the afternoon and for all the style and skill Tony Carr brings to the table, is quickly becoming a must-see in the Big Ten, if not the nation.
Penn State gets the week off for finals before heading to face George Mason next Sunday at 4 p.m.. After that it's three more non- conference games before the Big Ten slate fully gets underway.