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Penn State runs over Mount St. Mary's

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Junior guard Tim Frazier led Penn State with 15 points and eight assists as the Nittany Lions routed Mount St. Mary’s 72-43 at the Bryce Jordan Center Sunday evening.

The win improved Penn State to 7-5 while Mt. St. Mary’s lost their eighth straight and fell to 1-9.

Penn State utilized a mix of 3-2 zone and man defense to confuse the Mountaineers, leading to 28 points off 18 turnovers for the Lions. Three of the five players in Penn States starting lineup had two steals and the offensive contributions were widely spread as well, with five Penn State players scoring in the double digits. Notable contributions came from forward Billy Oliver and guard Jermaine Marshall, with 13 and 10 points respectively. Adding to the Penn State total off the bench were Cammeron Woodyard, who posted 14 points and 4 offensive rebounds, and Sasa Barovnjak with 10 points and 5 total rebounds.

In addition to being Penn State's leading scorer, Frazier's aggressive dribble penetration lead to a high number of open shots on the perimeter for the Lions in the second half. He showed outstandingly creative passing ability on the way to his eight assists. Frazier is one of only three Big Ten players to be leading their team in three offensive categories so far this season. He is also the fourth leading scorer in the Big Ten.

The first half was close as both teams battled back and fourth to get comfortable in their offense. At the half, Penn State held a three-point lead over the Mountaineers 28-25.

The second half was an entirely different story, as Penn State made adjustments to their game plan, pushing the ball quickly up the court after defensive rebounds and pulling down multiple offensive rebounds for second change buckets. The Lions ended with nine offensive rebounds, a number that was a large part of their domination in the second half.

Mount. St. Mary’s struggled to get the ball inside to their forwards Danny Thompson and Kelvin Parker as Penn State held them to 2 and 4 points respectively. Forward Raven Barber was able to do some damage inside off the bench, with 11 points and 5 rebounds, but Penn State’s zone was able to keep the ball in Mount St. Mary’s weaker front court, holding them to only 18 points in the second half.

With nine minutes left in the game, Penn State took on their largest lead of 20 points as they went on a nine point run, forcing turnovers under Mount St. Mary’s bucket, pushing the ball down court and hitting 3-point shots before the Mountaineers had time to set up.

The Nittany Lions play their next game at 7:30 on December 21 when Cornell comes to the Bryce Jordan Center.

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