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Frontcourt carries Penn State past Herd 90-77

By Staff, wire reports

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Ross Travis scored 20 points and Donovan Jack's 18 points, seven blocked shots and seven rebounds enabled Penn State to race past Marshall 90-77 on Saturday.

D.J. Newbill scored 17 points while Brandon Taylor and Tim Frazier each added 10 as the Nittany Lions rebounded after back-to-back losses to Mississippi and Pittsburgh.

The Nittany Lions (7-3) have scored 70 points in all but one of their games this season and their transition offense built as much as a 26-point lead before Marshall closed the gap late.

Jack's seven blocks were the most in a game by a Penn State player since 1999, and his team-high seven rebounds allowed Penn State to win that battle as well against the Thundering Herd (4-5) 47-40.

Penn State shot 48.5 percent overall, as its 53 percent effort in the first half enabled the Lions to race out to a 47-32 halftime edge.

The Nittany Lions were able to work under the baskets with numerous slam-dunks off fast breaks or their 13 offensive rebounds, and their frontcourt of Travis, Jack and Taylor scored 48 points.

The Thundering Herd entered the game scoring 85.8 points per game, good for 20th among NCAA statistical leaders, but couldn't generate a consistent offensive pace against Penn State, shooting 39.4 percent overall.

Kareem Canty scored 28 points for Marshall, which was slowed by eight first-half turnovers and a 7-for-13 effort from the foul line.

Canty's successful 40-foot heave at the first-half buzzer brought Marshall to within 47-32 but the Thundering Herd was unable to push any momentum forward.

Elijah Pittman added 10 points for Marshall, well under his 23-point scoring average. He had converted 27 3-pointers in eight games for the Herd but connected on just one against the Lions.

Marshall opened with 1 for 11 shooting before an 11-2 run to pull to within 13-11 early but Penn State ran off seven straight points and the Herd never recovered.

PENN STATE 90, MARSHALL 77

  FG FT Reb 

MARSHALL Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Canty 39 10-19 3-5 0-2 5 2 28

Thomas 20 2-9 2-5 2-6 2 4 6

Sane 20 1-4 2-2 5-8 0 0 4

Goard 32 2-4 5-8 3-7 0 3 9

Pittman 22 4-13 1-6 0-2 1 0 10

Smith 25 3-9 2-2 0-5 2 2 10

Boykins 12 2-3 1-2 2-3 0 1 5

Manning 26 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 1 5

Mbao 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Loop 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 26-66 16-30 15-40 11 13 77

Percentages: FG .394, FT .533. 3-point goals: 9-20, .450 (Canty 5-8, Smith 2-2, Manning 1-1, Pittman 1-5, Loop 0-1, Thomas 0-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 6 (Pittman 2, Thomas 2, Sane, Mbao). Turnovers: 12 (Canty 3, Boykins 2, Sane 2, Goard, Smith, Manning, Pittman, Mbao). Steals: 7 (Smith 3, Manning 2, Sane, Canty). Technical fouls: None.

  FG FT Reb 

PENN ST. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Newbill 30 6-13 3-4 3-7 2 1 17

Jack 27 8-12 1-2 2-7 2 4 18

Taylor 19 4-10 0-0 0-5 1 4 10

Frazier 33 5-9 0-0 0-4 9 0 11

Travis 31 5-9 9-11 2-6 2 2 20

Woodward 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0

Roberts 25 2-7 2-2 2-6 1 1 6

Thorpe 17 2-5 2-2 1-4 2 2 6

Montminy 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Wisniewski 5 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 2 2

Moore 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Totals 200 33-68 17-21 13-47 20 19 90

Percentages: FG .485, FT .810. 3-point goals: 7-24, .292 (Newbill 2-4, Taylor 2-7, Frazier 1-1, Jack 1-2, Travis 1-3, Thorpe 0-1, Woodward 0-2, Roberts 0-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 10 (Jack 7, Taylor 2, Newbill). Turnovers: 12 (Travis 5, Woodward 2, Frazier, Thorpe, Jack, Roberts).

Steals: 6 (Frazier 4, Thorpe, Travis). Technical fouls: None.

Halftime score: Penn State 43, Marshall 32

Attendance: 5,633

 

 


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