Penn State (9-3, 1-1 Big Ten) defeated George Mason (5-7) Sunday afternoon by a score of 72-54. The Nittany Lions were without star point guard and Big Ten leading scorer, Tony Carr, who was suspended due to a violations of team rules. Big-men Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins led the team in Carr’s absence with 23 and 14 points respectively.
How It Happened
Without Tony Carr, the Nittany Lions worked the ball down low to their big men. Lamar Stevens led the team in the first half with 13 points and Mike Watkins added 11 points of his own. Penn State was efficient in the first half shooting 59% from the field with most of their points coming from the paint. Jamari Walker, during his extra minutes with Carr sidelined, stole the ball four times in the first half.
Penn State was able to control the ball the second half and keep a consistent twenty-point lead over George Mason. Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins both finished with a double-double, with Lamar Stevens leading the team with 23 points. Josh Reaves finished with 13 points in front of his hometown fans in Fairfax, Virginia.
Player Of The Game
Lamar Stevens | Sophomore | Forward
Lamar Stevens finished the game with a double-double. Stevens scored 23 points and rebounded the ball 12 times. With Tony Carr out of the lineup, Stevens stepped up to lead the team over George Mason.
The Nittany Lions are back in action Tuesday at the Bryce Jordan Center against Binghamton at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on BTN Plus.