PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Basketball Dances To Victory Against Rutgers On THON Hoops Day

Penn State (15-8, 5-5 Big Ten) defeated Rutgers (12-11, 2-8 Big Ten) 60-43 on Saturday afternoon. In front of an announced crowd of 13,677 for THON Hoops Day, the Nittany Lions limited the Scarlet Knights to 43 points on 31 percent shooting.

Mike Watkins dominated the paint, finishing with 15 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. Tony Carr and Josh Reaves added 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Rutgers star Corey Sanders came in to the game leading the team in points with 14.2 points per game, but was held scoreless the whole game.

How It Happened

The Nittany Lions started off slow against the Scarlet Knights, only making one of their first seven shots. Following a strong defensive half from both teams, Penn State took a 28-23 lead into the locker room at halftime. Tony Carr led all scorers with twelve points in the first half, and Mike Watkins added five points and ten rebounds.

Rutgers failed to score a point in the first five minutes of the second half, and Penn State capitalized by stretching its lead to fourteen points. Penn State’s defense led to many easy fast-break slam dunks on the offensive side. Watkins finished off an alley-oop lob from Carr, and Reaves, Stevens, and Nazeer Bostick all threw down highlight-level dunks in the closing minutes to help hit the nails into the coffin. The Nittany Lions held Scarlet Knights to only 20 points in the second half.

The Nittany Lions had a 42 to 27 advantage in the rebounding column, including a nine to two edge on the offensive glass.

The decision to start Deivis Zemgulis over Reaves for the second straight game seemed to pay off. Reaves brought a lot of energy, scoring in double digits for the second straight game off of the bench. Meanwhile, Zemgulis recorded a plus/minus rating of plus-17 in just 12 minutes of playing time.

Player Of The Game

Mike Watkins | Sophomore | Forward

Watkins battled against a Rutgers lineup that started three players 6-foot-9 or taller. He frustrated his opponents with his defense, and finished with 15 points, 19 rebounds, and three blocks. He also did not commit a single personal foul.

What’s Next?

The Nittany Lions travel to East Lansing on Wednesday to take on No. 6 Michigan State. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be aired on BTN.

About the Author

Nathaniel Pinskey

Nathaniel is only filling this out because he was forced to. He prefers to be called Nathaniel, but it always turns into Nate or Nathan. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow him on Twitter (@nlpinskey3896) even though he doesn't tweet.



Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Sophomore midfielder Shea Moyer scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of a rainy season opener at Jeffrey Field.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Student Life

Student Body President Cody Heaton Welcomes Class of 2022 At Convocation

UPUA President Cody Heaton welcomed the incoming Class of 2022 Saturday evening with an inspiring speech.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Penn State Officially Welcomes Class Of 2022 At Convocation

The Class of 2022 joined the Penn State family Saturday evening at Convocation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend