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Happy Thanksgiving from Penn State Athletics

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - 'Tis the season for giving thanks, and the Penn State Athletics would like to take an opportunity to say thank you to the loyal fans on Thanksgiving.

As you sit down with family and friends to eat your traditional meal while the Lions and Cowboys host their annual Thanksgiving day home games, Penn State Athletics would like to thank you, the fans, for the unwavering support you give every team on campus.  Penn State's teams would not be the same without the greatest fans in college sports.

As a token of their appreciation, several student-athletes from teams on campus would like to say thank you and Happy Thanksgiving for the support you give them throughout the athletic season.

Men's Hoops Gameday 2015-16 - Penn State vs. Radford

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live coverage of the 2015-16 Nittany Lion basketball season. Tonight, Penn State hosts Radford inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

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VIDEO: Lions Focused on Radford Matchup

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11514311.jpegUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -  Head coach Patrick Chambers wants the young Nittany Lions on the roster to learn from their experience at Duquesne on Friday night, but the previous game is an afterthought.

The Lions are focused on what is ahead and how they can continue to grow as the season rolls into its third week on Tuesday when Penn State (2-1) hosts Radford (3-2) inside the Bryce Jordan Center (6 p.m. on BTN). The clash with the Highlanders kicks off two-straight at home for the Blue and White.

"We had a great film session. We had a great day yesterday. Guys competed hard," Chambers said. "Guys were angry. Guys were disappointed. They were mad. And that's what I wanted to see. I wanted to see how they would respond. And hopefully we will respond that way tomorrow."

With the youth in the Penn State rotation, Chambers knows the season will be a process. The team will continue to grow as the rotation gets more experience in game situations. As Chambers said on Monday, the Nittany Lions took a blow for the first time on road at Duquesne on Friday when the Dukes buried 17 3-pointers. Now, it's up to the young players to learn from the experience and grow against Radford.

"We just have to continue to fight and continue to get better," Chambers said. "We need to continue to get these younger guys more significant minutes where they feel more comfortable."

Radford's early schedule was highlighted by an 82-80 double overtime win at Georgetown. The Highlanders also defeated Catawba (68-60) and Prairie View A&M (64-56), with losses coming at the hands of VCU (92-74) and Siena (76-62). Senior guard Rashun Davis is Radford's leading scorer at 14.6 ppg and six assists. The Highlanders have 10 players averaging more than 15 minutes per game.

Hear more about the state of the team and Tuesday's game from Coach Chambers.

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Taylor Thriving in Leadership Role as Lions Head to Duquesne

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11500036.jpegUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Nittany Lion basketball coach Patrick Chambers knew that Brandon Taylor had the personality to be a leader for the team.

But prior to the 2015-16, Taylor didn't need to exude his leadership skills. Instead, he leaned on the likes of Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill to be the main voice in the locker room.

But that changed when the Nittany Lions capped off their three-day run at the Big Ten Tournament. Taylor walked off the floor in Chicago's United Center knowing that from that day forward, he needed to step up and become one of the central figures that the team counted on.

"I think it's always been there for him," Chambers said. "In certain ways, he's been vocal over the past couple years, but he always had that guy to take the torch. This year, he prepared for it."

The driving force behind his mindset on the floor and his role in leading the team with fellow captain Donovon Jack is his confidence. Taylor believes in the hard work that has carried him to this point in his career, both on and off the floor.

His efforts in Tuesday's win over DePaul were living proof of that. Taylor battled foul trouble through much of the first half and didn't have any opportunities to score the basketball.

"There have been times before when I get in foul trouble and don't play long stretches, I tend to wander off and not stay in the game even though I'm not actually in the game," said Taylor. "So I think I did better job of staying focused and my teammates did a great job of finding me and giving me the ball."

Despite limited minutes, Taylor stayed locked in until his opportunity came in the final seconds of the first half. The senior forward drilled a triple from the top of the arc at the buzzer, and he never looked back from there.

"I mean that three is when I told myself that I needed to step my game up, even though I missed most of the first half," said Taylor. "So you know I just tried to be a leader and I thought about a lead in scoring or with rebounding. I just tried to find a way to make an impact on the game."

Taylor stormed out of the locker room with two more long balls and a turnaround jumper. In all, he scored 11 straight tallies for the Nittany Lions en route to 22 points in a span of 20:02 of game time.

"I was really impressed with his second half and his communication throughout," said Chambers. "It's easier when you're making shots but I felt like he was doing it in the second half as well."

When he plays with confidence, Taylor is a matchup nightmare for opponents. He can stretch a defender to the perimeter with his outside shooting ability, but he's also been very effective with his back to the basket and when he's put the ball on the floor during the first two games. Taylor believes the ball is going into the basket every time it releases from his hand.

"I think those habits start in practice and Coach [Chambers] giving us the confidence to take those shots. I've never, in my four years of being here, heard Coach yell at me or yell at Shep [Garner], or anybody for taking a shot," said Taylor. "Even if it is a bad contested one, he wants us to take those shots and he wants us to be confident."

With a 2-0 mark, Taylor and the Nittany Lions head to Pittsburgh on Friday for a matchup against Duquesne at CONSOL Energy Center (7 p.m.). Chambers wants to see the team continue to take a step forward.

"We are focused on us trying to get better from the last two games," said Chambers. "We have been watching things very closely to see how we can get better on both ends of the floor and on special teams. We got some shots up. We have some end of game situations in."

Led by head coach Jim Ferry, Duquesne enters the game with a 2-0 record after two high-scoring games to open the season. The Dukes are averaging 95.5 points per game after wins over Seton Hill (96-71) and New Orleans (95-75). Duquesne has made 20 3-pointers in two games and is shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. Guard Micah Mason is averaging 21.5 points per game and has made eight triples this season.

"They have a lot of weapons, and it creates a different challenge," said Chambers. "It's going to create a very difficult matchup for us. We have to be really disciplined. We have to be able to get to shooters and somehow get them out of rhythm. They are going over 90 points and playing with a ton of confidence."

Penn State returns home for a pair of games in the Bryce Jordan Center next week beginning on Tuesday when the Lions meet Radford at 6 p.m.

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Men's Hoops Gameday 2015-16 - Penn State vs. DePaul

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live coverage of the 2015-16 Nittany Lion basketball season. Tonight, Penn State hosts DePaul inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

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Nittany Lions Eager to Get Back to Work vs. DePaul

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Thanks to a balanced attack and consistent defensive effort, the Nittany Lion basketball team christened the 2015-16 with a victory on Saturday afternoon.

The season-opening win over VMI kick-started a span of four games in 11 days for the Lions. Penn State returns home on Tuesday at 5 p.m. (ESPNU) for a matchup against DePaul as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Big Ten and BIG EAST announced a series of eight games between the two conferences stretching between Nov. 17-20. The first Penn State-DePaul matchup since 1984-85 will also be part of Tuesday's College Basketball Tip-Off Marathon.

"We have to continue to get better," head coach Patrick Chambers said. "We have to commit to whatever defense we are playing. We have to do a better job of rebounding. DePaul is a very good rebounding team. That's going to challenge us."

The Nittany Lions turned up the wick defensively in the early stages of the second half of Saturday's season-opener. Penn State held VMI to just four points in the first 11 minutes of game time in the second half, something Coach Chambers was pleased to see.

On offense, the Lions had three players reach double-figures - Shep Garner, Payton Banks and Brandon Taylor - on a day where Penn State tallied 30 of its 62 points in the paint. The next step for the Nittany Lions on the offensive end of the floor is finding a way to produce more assists. Chambers wants to see more guys make the "extra" pass to get great looks on a consistent basis.

"On offense, I thought we could have shared the ball a little more," Chambers said. "We passed up some great looks. We had good looks, but passed up on some better ones. We are going to continue to work on those things to better prepare us for the Big Ten."

In the offseason, Chambers talked at great length about Penn State's ability to play inside-out this season. Saturday's opener was living proof of the type of balance and post play the Nittany Lions hope to achieve moving forward. However, Tuesday's matchup against DePaul will be an early challenge for the Lions in the paint. DePaul's front line stands at 6-foot-6, 6-foot-9 and 6-foot-11.

"They had a come-from-behind win against (Western Michigan)," Chambers said. "They battled. They are tough. They are just as big as us, which is going to be interesting to see. VMI was a little bit smaller than us. I'll be interested to see if we can get all of those paint points we got in our post ups."

Following the DePaul game, Penn State will head to Pittsburgh on Friday for a 7 p.m. tip against Duquesne.


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Men's Hoops Gameday 2015-16 - Penn State vs. VMI

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live coverage of the 2015-16 Nittany Lion basketball season. Today, Penn State opens the season against former Nittany Lion great Dan Earl and VMI.

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Season Opener to Cap Off Big Week for Men's Hoops

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11475371.jpegUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion basketball team will open its 2015-16 with a great deal of momentum following a tremendous week for the future of the program.

After tireless efforts, head coach Patrick Chambers and the Nittany Lion staff inked the program's best recruiting class in its history on Wednesday with the announced signings of Nazeer Bostick, Tony Carr, Joe Hampton and Lamar Stevens. The 2015 signing class caps back-to-back recruiting classes that rank as the best two groups of incoming players in program history.

Enough cannot be said about the work Chambers and his staff put in to reach this point. The group has done a superb job laying the foundation of his vision for the program's future on and off the floor. Simply put, Chambers expects the Nittany Lions field a roster of high character student-athletes who play an entertaining brand of basketball with great effort and a positive attitude. And his vision is coming into focus as the Lions continue to build towards bright days ahead.

With a signing class that includes three of the top 10 players in Pennsylvania and ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation by major recruiting outlets, the Nittany Lions are assembling the pieces to supplement the foundation already in place for consistent success well into the future.

"It's a historical day for us," Chambers said. "We worked extremely hard to get to this point. It's been a long process, but we committed to the process. I'm so proud of our staff and how they stayed committed."

Hear more from Coach Chambers on an exciting signing day for Nittany Lion basketball following the team's reception inside the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday.

Season Opener Primer
While the news of the signing day is incredibly important for the program's future, attention now shifts towards the start of the 2015-16 season. The Nittany Lions welcome VMI to the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday at 1 p.m. for the season-opener. Led by former Nittany Lion great Dan Earl, VMI will be making its fourth trip to Happy Valley and first since a high-scoring contest in 2006. Penn State defeated the Keydets, 129-111, in the highest scoring game in BJC history.

The Lions made good progress during the pre-season, and Chambers is eager to see how the group performs when the lights come on. Penn State hosts DePaul on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the second non-conference game.

"We are competing at a high level right now," said Chambers. "We still have a long way to go. It's still a process. They have to embrace that process. And we have to just continue to get better every single day because you are playing with some seniors and some young guys. We've just got to get them meshed."

Saturday's game will be the first for Penn State under the new shot clock rules. The NCAA passed 25 new rules heading into the season, most of which centering on a reduction in physical play to enable more free movement. Additionally, the new rules include a 30-second shot clock.

GoPSUsports.com has you covered with pre-season coverage leading up to Saturday's season opener. Take a look through a host of video interviews to get primed for the 2015-16 season.

Coach Chambers Media Day Interview

Pre-Season Player Interviews:
Brandon Taylor
Donovon Jack
Jordan Dickerson
Shep Garner
Josh Reaves

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VIDEO: Men's Hoops Pre-Season Update - Patrick Chambers (10/29/15)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach Patrick Chambers spent time with the media on Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the Nittany Lion basketball team's pre-season preparations. The Nittany Lions host VMI on Nov. 14 to open the 2015-16 season.

Take a look through some pre-season comments and a look at practice.

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VIDEO: Men's Hoops Preseason - Josh Reaves

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - True freshman guard Josh Reaves sits down with GoPSUsports.com to talk about the 2015-'16 season in this one-on-one interview from media day. The Nittany Lions open the season on Nov. 14 against VMI in the BJC.

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