PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Hoops Tames Purdue, Wins Third in a Row

Penn State looked a bit sleepy to begin its 11:30 a.m. tip against Purdue on Sunday. But it didn’t take them too long to wake up.

After eight minutes of idle, turnover-ridden basketball, the Lions used a mid-first half 17-2 run to seize control and never trailed again, en route to a 79-68 victory. It’s the first time the men’s basketball team has won three consecutive Big Ten games since 2008-09, and the first under Patrick Chambers.

“We’re definitely on a high right now,” said junior guard D.J. Newbill. “We’re playing some great basketball. We’re helping each other out.”

Donovon Jack, who didn’t score last week at Ohio State, took the first three shots of the game for the Nittany Lions — all three point attempts — and made one. Early turnovers by Newbill and Brandon Taylor found the Lions quickly down 14-7, six minutes into the game.

But that’s when Penn State began a six minute, 17-2 run sparked by a Tim Frazier layup with 14:03 to play in the half. Four minutes later, 7-0 center Jordan Dickerson corralled an offensive rebound, dished it to Frazier under the hoop, who then passed it back to Dickerson for a two-handed dunk. The play gave Penn State its first lead since the opening minutes, 16-14.

On the ensuing possession, Graham Woodward hit a three pointer for the Lions. Three minutes later, Penn State was ahead by ten, 28-18, with 7:16 in the half.

Purdue battled back to some degree, thanks in large part to 9 first half points from 7-0 center A.J. Hammons. Penn State took a 34-29 lead into the halftime break. Ronnie Johnson and Sterling Carter both added six points for the Boilermakers in the half.

Overall, however, the Lions stifled the big center.

“[Penn State] didn’t have anybody to guard him,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter. “We didn’t make them pay.”

Newbill, who had 25 points against Ohio State last week, led the Lions with 11 points in the first twenty minutes.

Penn State came out of the locker room with as much energy as they entered with. For the first seven minutes, the teams primarily traded baskets. But with 13:05 remaining in the game, the Lions already found themselves in the bonus.

Then, on the next possession, Brandon Taylor flew into the second row for a loose ball and hit a three pointer moments later. Tim Frazier blew past the entire Purdue defense for a nifty layup the next time up the court. Suddenly, Penn State was ahead 51-41 with 11:31 to play.

Purdue responded with an 8-0 run, capped by a Errick Peck three pointer, in only 1:53 of game time to claw right back, 51-49 with 9:53 to play.

But the Lions, who have crumbled under pressure multiple times this season, didn’t let Purdue within a basket again. Penn State made 22 free throws in the second half to Purdue’s 6.

“We’ve been through a lot,” said Frazier. “A lot of losses at the end of games. This was good for us.”

Newbill led the Lions with 19 points. Frazier added 18, and Taylor contributed 15 points and 8 rebounds. Hammons paced Purdue with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

“We were 0-6 a couple weeks ago,” said Chambers. “What these kids have done to turn this around is just kept working, kept digging. And it looks like they are really playing for each other. We have a good bunch, we have good heads and we have uncharted waters right now because we haven’t won three games in a long time.”

Penn State travels to Michigan State on Thursday to battle the Spartans at 9:00 p.m.

About the Author

Ben Berkman

State College, PA


State College Links
More by Ben

Nassib Healthy To ‘Kick Some Ass,’ Johnson And Hackenberg Seek Pro Evaluations

James Franklin made two things clear before the Lions travel South: Carl Nassib is 100 percent healthy for a game for the first time in more than a month, and Christian Hackenberg and Austin Johnson have both applied for draft evaluations from the NFL.

Gameday Observations: Return To Rec

Penn State Stomps Canisius, 81-67, In First Of Two Rec Hall Showdowns


Big Ten Announces 2018-2019 In-Conference Hoops Matchups

The 2018-2019 season will feature a 20-game in conference schedule for the first time.

From Manager To Walk On: Penn State Softball’s Ashton Mensinger Enjoying Unexpected Opportunity

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To Maryland 13-8

Penn State Men’s Lacrosse’s Ryan Keenan Selected In MLL Draft

Penn State Baseball Snaps Eleven-Game Losing Streak Against Mount St. Mary’s

Student Life

Homecoming 2018 Logo Revealed

The Homecoming Executive Committee revealed the Homecoming 2018 logo at halftime of the Blue-White game.

Miniature Penn State Tailgate Bus Up For Sale, Tailgate Never Has To End

Creamery ‘Brew And White’ Iced Coffee Now Available

Saquon Barkley Shows Some Skin On SI Cover

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick, and he and his most vehement supporters say there’s no reason he won’t go No. 1 overall.

Blue-White 2018 Prop Bets

Step right up and place some bets, folks!

Dry Weather Expected For Blue-White Weekend

Predicted temperatures in the mid-50s and mostly cloudy skies should make for a pleasant (but more importantly, dry) Blue-White Weekend.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Miniature Penn State Tailgate Bus Up For Sale, Tailgate Never Has To End

The bus was purchased at a church and designed to carry 22 children. Now it carries about 30 cases of beer.

Send this to a friend