Penn State Basketball Downs Radford
Maybe we’re not so bad after all.
Penn State (2-0) defeated the Radford Highlanders (2-1) last night at the BJC, winning 62-46. After giving up two initial 3-pointers, Penn State never looked back and dominated the rest of the game, forcing 16 turnovers in a gritty defensive performance that Nittany Nation should start to expect from a Patrick Chambers coached basketball team.
The starting lineup was similar to Saturday with the exception of Cammeron Woodyard, who started in place of Ross Travis. This is a good indication that Cam is over the minor injury he suffered during preseason practice, which is a big relief for the only senior on the roster.
It appears that Coach Chambers has found his front five, although the pattern of consistent substitution continued, which is something Penn State hasn’t seen in recent years with Ed Dechellis’s infamous 6 or 7-man rotations. Nine different players saw significant playing time, and the substitution stat sheet is actually very entertaining to attempt to decipher.
Tim Frazier made it perfectly clear that this is his team by putting up 20 points and 10 assists on the way to his second career double-double. This type of performance is going to be essential without Talor Battle if Penn State wants to have a respectable season.
The 4-guard offense that Pat Chambers brings to Penn State was evident, as the Nittany Lions put up 25-treys, only making 7 of them. Even coach Chambers admits that this is an alarming statistic, and Penn State will need to improve their game in the paint if they want to have any type of success against Big 10 forwards.
Another relief for Penn State fans is the return of Jermaine Marshall. Marshall was suspended early in preseason practice, but was recently allowed back on the team and logged 10 minutes while also hitting a nice 3-pointer last night. Marshall is one of the few Penn State players to have any game experience from last year and will be integral if they plan on competing this season.
As important as the game, Penn State basketball fans also celebrated the first “Dollar Dog Night” of the season. Revered amongst basketball and food fans alike, “Dollar Dog Night” has gone down through the years as something of a legend. Fans will have to wait until Sunday, December 4th when the Nittany Lions take on Mississippi for the next “Dollar Dog Night.”
Penn State continues its quest for an undefeated season on Wednesday night when the Lions take on Long Island at 7 pm here at the BJC.