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Penn State Basketball Defeats Penn Behind Frazier’s 29 Points

Penn State basketball won its second game of the season on Saturday afternoon, upending the Penn Quakers in Philadelphia, 83-71.

The Nittany Lions never trailed in the game, and were led by their two star guards. Tim Frazier had an impressive game even for his standards, scoring 29 points on 9-for-13 shooting and dishing out seven assists. D.J. Newbill also had a big game, scoring 19 points and pulling down six rebounds.

The team got off to a hot start, jumping out to an early 16-5 lead behind Donovon Jack, who scored all seven of his points in the game’s first three minutes. While he didn’t score again, the seven points were a season high for the sophomore big man.

The Nittany Lions continued to pull away from the Quakers, leading by as many as 25 points during the first half. The team went into the half leading 47-24 behind 19-for-32 (59 percent) shooting from the field and 6-15 (40 percent) shooting from three. Frazier paced the Lions with 12 points, while Newbill and Allen Roberts each had nine.

Penn State came out of the half slowly, and Penn went on a 10-2 run. Despite this, the Quakers never cut Penn State’s lead to single-digits. The Quakers outscored Penn State during the second half, 47-36, despite a monster second half performance from Frazier. The senior guard was dominant during the second half, scoring 17 of his 29 points during the frame behind 3-for-4 shooting from the field and 11-for-12 shooting from the free throw line.

Four Nittany Lions scored during the second half — Frazier, D.J. Newbill, Brandon Taylor, and Ross Travis. Newbill scored ten points, Taylor scored five, and Travis scored four.

The 83 points scored by Penn State was the second highest scoring output since Pat Chambers became head coach two years ago. This was also the first time that the Nittany Lions eclipsed 50 percent shooting from the field this season, shooting 29-54 (53.7 percent) during the game.

Penn State returns to the hardwood on Tuesday, when the Nittany Lions host the LaSalle Explorers at 7 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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