Men’s Basketball Ends Three Game Skid
Penn State (7-5) put an end to an ugly three game losing streak, predictably downing Mount St. Mary’s (1-9) Sunday night in front of a sparse winter break crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Penn State had a rough first half, shooting only 35% from the floor, including a weak 1-9 performance from Tim Frazier. Luckily for the Nittany Lions, Mt. Saint Mary’s would have an equally poor shooting half, and a couple momentum-swinging 3’s by Jermaine Marshall and Billy Oliver put Penn State up 28-25 at the half.
The second half was a different story. Penn State held Mt. Saint Mary’s only 18 points, and shot just under 67%. Tim Frazier finally showed up, and he would put up 15 points for the game to go along with 8 assists. Penn State would go on to win 72-43.
This was a total team effort for Penn State’s, with 12 different players seeing court time. Five players reached double-digit point totals for Penn State, including Frazier, Billy Oliver (13), Jermaine Marshall (10), Sasa Borovnjak (10), and Cammeron Woodyard (14).
If there’s one thing to be excited about, it’s the fact that Penn State won the turnover battle today. They committed 11 but forced 18 from Mount St. Mary’s and scored 28 points off of those turnovers. Tim Frazier had a season-low 1 turnover, which should come as a welcoming sign for a player who is averaging just under 4 turnovers a game.
Penn State wraps up their non-conference schedule on Wednesday night when they host Cornell (4-4) at 7:30 p.m. To put things into perspective, last year’s March Madness team was 7-4 going into conference play. It took a last second heave from Talor Battle to beat Mt. Saint Mary’s at home. The Big Ten will be difficult, but if everyone comes together like they did last night, it’s not inconceivable for Penn State to put together a few more victories.