Penn St. Throttles Wildcats
State College, Pa. — Playing for the first time in eight days prompted Penn State coach Patrick Chambers to set one goal yesterday: Play harder than New Hampshire.
“I think we did that,” Chambers said after Penn State limited New Hampshire to 22.6 percent shooting (12 of 53) during a 72-45 victory.
Jermaine Marshall scored 15 points and Sasa Borovnjak 11 for Penn State (7-4), which used a 32-5 first-half run to open a commanding 34-8 lead against the Wildcats (4-7).
“We were just so ready to play,” Chambers said. “We wanted to go out and play harder than them. I hope we played that much better.”
Brandon Taylor and D.J. Newbill added 10 each for the Nittany Lions, who have won three straight games and are 6-1 at home.
New Hampshire, of the America East Conference, shot just 17.9 percent (5-of-28) in the first half, enabling Penn State to open a 39-14 halftime lead with a 16-for-29 (55.2 percent) first-half field goal performance.
“The energy and effort were there,” Chambers said. “We were dialed in for 40 minutes.”
Penn State continued to widen its lead in the second half as Marshall scored eight points and New Hampshire was unable to come back with 28 percent second-half shooting (7 of 25). Marshall finished with a career-high five steals.
New Hampshire was led by Ferg Myrick and Scott Morris with nine points each.
Evanston, Ill. — Dave Sobolewski scored 14 points to lead Northwestern over Brown.
Kale Abrahamson, Alex Marcotullio and Tre Demps each had nine points for the Wildcats (9-4) in their final game before Big Ten play begins.
Sean McGonagill scored 20 points to lead Brown (3-6), which has lost three straight and five of six.
Top 25 Men
No. 18 SDSU 63
Indiana State 55
Honolulu — Jamaal Franklin had a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds and No. 18 San Diego State held off Indiana State in the Diamond Head Classic tournament.
Chase Tapley scored 13 points and the Aztecs (11-1) won despite poor free-throw and 3-point shooting.
San Diego State pulled ahead for good during a seven-point run that included five straight points from Tapley. With less than five minutes to play, Tapley drove to the basket and was stopped by Jake Odum, who was called for an excessive foul. Tapley made two free throws and a quick 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, giving the Aztecs a 51-44 lead.
Top 25 Women
No. 11 Penn St. 82
State College, Pa. — Maggie Lucas scored 21 points and Alex Bentley made eight steals, tying her career high, to lead No. 11 Penn State to a rout of New Jersey Institute of Technology.
The Lady Lions (10-2), in their final game before starting Big Ten Conference play, raced to a 44-9 halftime lead against the Highlanders (6-7) of the Great West Conference.
Bentley had six steals in the first half, when NJIT turned the ball over 15 times and shot 17.4 percent (4 of 23). The Lady Lions, who won their 12th straight home game, closed the half with a 24-2 run.
Lucas scored 13 first-half points and was 5-for-8 from 3-point range overall. She is shooting 52.6 percent behind the arc for the season.
Melanie Griffin led the Highlanders with 10 points. Rayven Johnson, who was averaging 18.4 points per game, made 2 of 16 shots for four points.