UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
- The Nittany Lion basketball team played nine games in 30 days to open the
2012-13 season. Standing at 5-4 heading
into Saturday's clash with Delaware State inside the Bryce Jordan Center (2
p.m.), GoPSUsports.com sat down with assistant coach Keith Urgo earlier this
week for an update on the season and development of the Nittany Lions. Take a look.
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By Kelsey Detweiler, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions made it two-straight wins in the
Bryce Jordan Center after defeating Army, 78-70, on Saturday night.
Behind two halves of hard-fought basketball, Penn State out-shot, out-rebounded
and out-hustled the Black Knights. And even when Army pulled within two to make
it 52-50 with less than 12 minutes to play, the Lions persevered and went on a
10-0 run to extend their lead.
In the first half of the contest, Penn State shot 56 percent from the floor as
a team and pulled down 22 rebounds to Army's seven. The Lions were able to
spread the offense against a tough full-court press, and got six players on the
board in the opening 20 minutes.
At the end of the evening, Army head coach Zach Spiker tipped his hat to Lions'
head coach Patrick Chambers and the fight his players brought from tip-off on.
"Penn State plays hard," said Spiker. "They're a direct reflection of their
head coach and they play hard. In the first half, they shoot 56 - it doesn't
matter if you're at home, on the road, non-league or league, we cannot win when
a team shoots 56 and you shoot 37."
After putting up 40 in the first, Penn State continued to charge and added
another 38 before the night ended. But none of those came uncontested.
Leading by just five with 10 minutes left to play, sophomores D.J. Newbill and
Ross Travis and freshman Brandon Taylor combined for a 10-0 run in less than
five minutes. Taylor tallied five, Newbill added four and Travis added one
behind the foul line.
The Lions' ability to surge on offense and play 40 solid minutes of gritty
defense kept them on top. Four players ended the game in double-figures.
Travis, who had nabbed 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, said that his
team's constant work ethic is what made the difference.
"I think it just starts at practice when we're playing five-on-no one or
five-on-five just going hard all of the time," said Travis. "We don't lose any
conditioning or anything like that so it just transfers over to the game. Our
training coach always says that if you go hard in practice you're going to go
hard in game so that's what we're doing."
Penn State ended the day shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, 36.8 percent
beyond the arc and 13-of-20 at the line. As the team continues to bear a few
growing pains together, Newbill said that it was important for multiple people
to have their hands on the ball from start to finish.
"It's big," said Newbill. "That's one thing that we try to do is share the ball
and play with confidence. I think guys are finding their flow."
With the win, the Lions improve to 5-4 overall and have just three games left
until the start of their Big Ten season. And according to Coach Chambers, Penn
State is going to have to keep the positive juices flowing and find some
consistency in order to succeed down the road.
"You've got to do the little things that make great programs great teams," said
Chambers. "When you play hard you get a little bit lucky and success finds you.
It goes back to attitude."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live in-game coverage of the Nittany
Lion basketball team.
Take a look back at Penn State's 78-70 victory over Army inside the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday afternoon.
Penn State - G -
Marshall, G - Newbill, F - Travis, F - Taylor, F - Borovnjak Army - G - Toth, G - Cox, F - Ellis,
F - Toomey, F - Springer 15:38 1st Half - Penn State 7, Army 2 Like he did at La
Salle on Wednesday night, forward Ross Travis came out of the gate red
hot. Travis knocked down a baseline
jumper on the right side of the floor to give the Lions a 4-0 lead before
drilling a 3-pointer on the left wing. Travis
is a dangerous player when he makes jump shots. 11:11 1st Half - Penn State 18, Army 10 The Nittany Lions are
off to a superb shooting start this afternoon in the BJC. Fueled by good ball movement, the Lions are
shooting 62 percent from the field in the opening minutes en route to an 18-10
lead over the Black Knights. Five
different Nittany Lions have scored in the early minutes, led by seven from
Travis. 7:59 1st Half - Penn State 25, Army 13 Following Wednesday's
trip to La Salle, Coach Chambers stressed the importance of playing hard every
second the Lions are on the floor. Penn
State has been terrific thus far against Army.
The Lions are shooting 58 percent from the field, but the defensive
effort has been very good, as well.
Marshall and Newbill each have seven points to propel the Nittany Lions to
a 12-point edge on the scoreboard. 3:53 1st Half - Penn State 33, Army 21 Penn State's flow on
offense has been the big key to the Lions' hot shooting in the first half. We talked about good ball movement during the
last timeout. That trend has continued
deep into the half, and the Lions are 15-for-26 from the field during the first
half. Army's five 3-pointers are the
only thing keeping the Black Knights anywhere close in the first half of
play. Nonetheless, Penn State has played
the type of offensive half it needed today. Halftime - Penn State 40, Army 28 The Lions head into the locker room after a big offensive board and put-back from Sasa Borovnjak sent the crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center roaring. Penn State is shooting 56 percent from the floor and has spread the offense between six different players. Jermaine Marshall went 5-of-8 from the floor with a team high 11 points and has been controlling the offense alongside D.J. Newbill. The Penn State ATTITUDE is in the house today, too, as the team has out-rebounded the Black Knights 22-7.
14:48 2nd Half - Penn State 46, Army 38 The Black Knights and the Nittany Lions have looked like different teams out of the locker room. Army answered a Newbill lay-in with five unanswered points to trim the Penn State lead down to nine. The Black Knights got as close as eight, but a big basket from Newbill pushed the lead back to double figures heading into the timeout. Penn State will be addressing consistency on the defensive end of the floor during the first media timeout of the half.
10:48 2nd Half - Penn State 55, Army 50 An 8-2 spurt from
Army sliced Penn State's double-digit lead down to just four (59-46) with 13:37
to play in the contest. The Black
Knights have done a nice job in the second half of disrupting Penn State's
offensive flow by forcing the Lions to work through a full court press. Army got as close as two, but a Colella 3-pointer set the score at five heading into the timeout. The Lions need to find more consistency on both ends of the floor down the
stretch. 3:58 2nd Half - Penn State 70, Army 60 Army closed to within
four at the 9:52 mark, but Brandon Taylor and D.J. Newbill had seen
enough. The duo combined for nine of
Penn State's 10 points on a 10-0 scoring spurt, which put the Lions up by 14
before an Army 3-pointer. Newbill,
Taylor, Travis and Marshall are all in double figures for the Nittany
Lions. Penn State did a nice job
weathering the Army rally before doing what it needed to when the game was on
the line. FINAL - Penn State 78, Army 70 The Nittany Lions
needed 40 minutes of hard-fought basketball to win on Saturday afternoon. Army had the score at 52-50 with just under
10 minutes to play. From there, the Lions
used a pivotal 10-0 scoring run to stretch the lead. Penn State shot a season-high 51 percent from
the field and had four players in double figures. Newbill led the way with 19 points and six
assists. Marshall tallied 16 points and
six rebounds. Travis notched his
second-career double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor also finished with 14 points. Give the Nittany Lions a great deal of credit
for battling through some adversity in the second half when Army mounted a
charge. For the Nittany Lions to win,
like we have said before, they need to play hard for the duration of basketball
games to win. On Saturday, they did that
and the result speaks for itself.
Additionally, the balanced attack was huge for the Nittany Lions on
Saturday, and it will lead to a lot more confidence on the offensive end of the
Coach Chambers said
after the game that he wants to go a little deeper on the bench moving forward
to give the rotation some rest. He also
said that he was pleased with how the team dug deep in the second half after
Army mounted its run.
The Nittany Lions will have a week before returning to the BJC for a matchup
against Delaware State.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion basketball team (4-4) will look
to make it two-straight victories in the Bryce Jordan Center when the Lions
take on Army (4-3) Saturday at 4 p.m.
Penn State defeated Penn last Saturday in the BJC before falling on the road in
The Palestra against La Salle on Wednesday.
Get ready for Saturday's clash with Army here:
Defending the Arc Penn State fell victim to a red-hot perimeter shooting night against La
Salle on Wednesday night. The Explorers
drained 16 of their 31 3-point attempts en route to a 48-9 edge over the
Nittany Lions from beyond the arc. It
goes without saying that Penn State must do a better job closing out on the perimeter
shooters against Army. Give La Salle
credit for making 16 threes, but the Lions need to play better defense on the
outside against an Army team that went 15-for-30 from 3-point range in its win
over Marist on Wednesday night.
Rebounding Coach Chambers knows his team needs to rebound and defend to put itself in
a position to win every night. Those two
items will be direct correlations to the Nittany Lions winning or losing basketball
games throughout the 2012-13 season. In
Penn State's four wins, the Lions are a combined +27 in rebounding. In the four losses, the Nittany Lions are -2
in rebounding. Jon Graham, Sasa
Borovnjak and Ross Travis are the three big keys for Penn State's rebounding
Early Shooting Arguably, Penn State played its best offensive half of the season on
Wednesday night at The Palestra, shooting 57 percent from the field and scoring
34 points against a talented La Salle squad.
Penn State is a completely different team when it knocks down jump shots. Jermaine Marshall played very well in Philly,
scoring 13 of his 19 points in the first half.
Travis tallied 10 points, including a trio of jump shots in the opening
20 minutes at La Salle. Travis is very
difficult player to defend when he makes jump shots. All that being said, Penn State needs to
continue its trend of quick shooting starts in the first half. The Lions can ill afford to dig themselves
out of an early shooting slump.
Playing 40 Minutes While a quick shooting start is a big boost, the Nittany Lions can use
Wednesday night's game as a prime example of what happens when they don't put
40 minutes of basketball together.
Maximum effort on both ends of the floor is essential for two halves
every single time the Nittany Lions step onto the floor. Penn State played very well for 25 minutes in
The Palestra. The Lions were in a
two-point game with 15 minutes to play before falling by 25. The final score was not indicative of how
well Penn State played early on. The
game was decided in the second half when the Lions did not sustain their effort
on the defensive end of the floor. It's
tough to expect a rotation of seven or eight players to leave everything on the
floor for 40 minutes every single night, but that is how the Nittany Lions will
compete to win games.
Scouting the Black Knights Army enters Saturday's game with a 4-3 record following an impressive
91-point scoring outburst against Marist (91-57) on Wednesday. Army has victories over VMI (80-74),
Binghamton (85-76), St. Francis (N.Y.) (67-59) and Marist. The three losses came at the hands of Air
Force (76-65), Yale (86-83 in 2OT) and Bryant (70-59). Army started three freshmen and two seniors
against Marist. Freshman guard Kyle Toth
scored 20 points in the victory over Marist.
Forward Ella Ellis (6-7) is Army's leading scorer at 19.7 points per
game and rebounder at 5.3 boards per contest.
Keep an eye on freshman Kyle Wilson, who averages 11.7 points off the
bench. Saturday marks the 41st meeting
between the Black Knights and Penn State (23-17 PSU), and it is the first game
in the series since Dec. 10, 2008.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Penn State's clash with La Salle on Wednesday night in The Palestra had a feel
every college basketball game should have.
Playing an intra-state foe in a historic structure with close-to-the-court
seating like The Palestra lends itself to a great atmosphere, alone, but
Wednesday's trip to Philadelphia fits the mold of head coach Patrick Chambers'
vision of Nittany Lion basketball to a T.
"I want to be a part of this. I want to
play Philadelphia teams," Chambers said.
"It can only help us. My big
thing is that we have to get prepared for the Big Ten. Win or lose, it doesn't matter - prepare
yourself for the Big Ten. And these are
On the surface, it's great for the Nittany Lions to play intra-state teams for
rivalries and fan interest. Wednesday
night's crowd was roughly 4,500 people inside The Palestra, but it was loud,
often hard to hear the person next to you, from start to finish. And it was fairly well balanced between La
Salle fans and Penn State supporters.
"It was a great atmosphere for basketball - even on both sides," Philadelphia
native D.J. Newbill said. "You couldn't
hear anything. It felt like a packed
house, just like we expected."
Chambers wants to play in places Penn State fans can watch the Nittany Lions. That's why the men's hoops team will play in
several Pennsylvania locations on a regular basis, including Pittsburgh next year, not to mention a return to Philadelphia annually.
A Philadelphia native with roots of attending Big 5 games in The Palestra,
Chambers bleeds Philly basketball. Wednesday
was his first time as a head coach in The Palestra. Despite the outcome on Wednesday night, he
loved every minute of the experience. He
took the team around the building to show them the rich history of great
players and teams who have competed in The Palestra since it opened in 1927.
"We have to be here," Chambers said after the game on Wednesday. "That's why I took my team around to show
them the corridors to show them the history of the Big 5 and what Philadelphia
basketball is all about."
In addition to the general local interest, playing games in Philadelphia will
pay huge dividends for the Nittany Lions in recruiting. Penn State has a trio of players already on
the roster with Philadelphia ties, and many more will follow. Having a recruiting base in Philly is
essential Chambers' eyes, and playing in town regularly only helps the process.
Penn State's setback to La Salle was one of what will be many trips Nittany
Lion basketball will make to Philadelphia during the tenure of Coach Chambers
in Happy Valley. And anyone in the
building on Wednesday night would tell you, get tickets for next season's trip
to Chambers' home turf to be a part of a great road atmosphere for Nittany Lion
"I love it. I can't wait to play back here next year - a lot of fun," Chambers
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Welcome to live in-game coverage of the Nittany Lion
Take a look back at
Penn State's 82-57 setback to La Salle in The Palestra on Wednesday night.
Starting Lineups: Penn State - G - Marshall, G - Newbill, F - Travis, F - Taylor, F -
Graham La Salle - G - Dyren, G - Mills, G -
Galloway, F - Wright, C - Zack
14:03 1st Half - La Salle 14, Penn State 13 Both teams are off to
a red-hot start shooting the basketball in what has been an up-tempo opening
5:57 of basketball in The Palestra. Ross
Travis has been superb, scoring eight points on 4-for-5 shooting to open the
game. Travis is scoring from all over
the floor, including a step-back jumper from 19 feet that set the score at
14-13 heading into the first media timeout.
The Explorers are 4-for-8 from beyond the arc in the early minutes.
11:49 1st Half - La Salle 20, Penn State 18 Penn State is
8-for-12 to start the game from the floor and 1-for-1 from beyond the arc. The frenetic pace on both ends of the floor
has led to a high-scoring first half.
The Nittany Lions would like to see a bit slower tempo on the defensive
end of the floor, but the red-hot offense has equalized the quick-firing La
Salle offense. Tyreek Duran, La Salle's
leading scorer, has 10 tallies already to lead all scorers.
7:59 1st Half - La Salle 25, Penn State 23 Both teams are still
shooting north of 50 percent with under eight minutes to play in the first
half. Penn State needs a strong finish
to the half on the defensive end of the floor.
The Nittany Lions are moving the ball well on offense, which is leading
to good shots. However, La Salle is
finding easy looks on offense. 3:51 1st Half - La Salle 36, Penn State 28 Thanks to a trio of
3-pointers, La Salle took its biggest lead of the night at 10. The Explorers tallied a 13-3 scoring run before
a pair of Sasa Borovnjak free throws trimmed the Penn State deficit down to
eight. Nonetheless, La Salle's 3-point
shooting has been the big key in the first half. As a team, the Explorers are 8-for-14 from
beyond the arc in the first half. Halftime - La Salle 38, Penn State 34 A very entertaining
first half drew to a close with two-straight baskets from Borovnjak and a big
dive from Jermaine Marshall, which thwarted La Salle's last offensive
possession. Marshall played a superb
half, finishing with 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting. As a team, the Lions shot 57 percent from the
field (13-for-23). As we mentioned
earlier, the big key for La Salle was the perimeter shooting. The Explorers made eight 3-pointers in the
opening half (8-for-17). Duren tallied
15 points to lead La Salle in scoring.
The Nittany Lions improved defensively late, holding the Explorers
without a basket for more than four minutes late before a driving floater from
Duren. The Nittany Lions committed just
six turnovers in a fast-paced half, which is a very good number for a team
still learning the ropes of the point guard position. Penn State should feel good about the first
half, but the Lions need to guard the perimeter better to walk out of the gym
with a victory later tonight.
15:33 2nd Half - La Salle 43, Penn State 40 Marshall picked up
right where he left off to start the second half with a runner in the lane, but
La Salle answered with its ninth 3-pointer of the evening and a basket from
Jerrell Wright to put the Explorers up by seven (43-36). The Nittany Lions answered with a step-back
jumper from Travis, who has 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Following a defensive stop, Newbill cut the
lead to just three with a hard dribble drive into the lane. The Philly native will be at the foul line
looking to make it a two-point game after the media timeout.
11:49 2nd Half - La Salle 50, Penn State 43 The Nittany Lions got
as close as two (43-41), but La Salle answered with four-straight tallies to
make it a six-point game. The margin is
currently seven at the second media timeout of the half, despite Penn State
still shooting 51 percent from the game.
The difference has been at the 3-point line, with 30 of La Salle's 50
points coming from beyond the arc.
Nevertheless, the Lions are within striking distance if they can get a
couple stops on the defensive end of the floor.
7:52 2nd Half - La Salle 63, Penn State 46 Since it was 43-41 at
the 15:33 mark, La Salle has mounted a furious charge to build its largest lead
of the night. Nine-straight points from
Duren triggered the 20-5 scoring spurt.
Duren has been superb all night, leading all scorers with 27 points on
9-for-13 shooting and 4-for-7 beyond on the arc. Penn State needs stops on defense to get back
into the ballgame.
3:56 2nd Half - La Salle 70, Penn State 51 The Nittany Lions
have cooled off on the offensive end of the floor in the second half. Penn State is shooting 7-for-21 from the
field this half. We have talked about it
all night, but the big difference in the game has been 3-point shooting. La Salle has 39 points beyond the arc,
compared to just nine from the Nittany Lions.
FINAL: La Salle 82, Penn State 57 The Nittany Lions
started fast on the offensive end of the floor, but cooled off late in
Wednesday's clash inside The Palestra.
Penn State shot 57 percent from the field in the first half, but trailed
38-34 at the break. La Salle killed the
Nittany Lions at the 3-point arc throughout the night. The Explorers shot 16-for-29 from 3-point
range for 48 tallies of their 82 total points.
It's tough to beat anyone who shoots north of 50 percent from beyond the
arc on 28 attempts. The Nittany Lions
looked very good for much of the first half on offense, but the perimeter
shooting was just too much to overcome.
Duren led all scorers with 31 points, including four 3-pointers. Marshall led three Nittany Lions in double
figures with 19 points. Newbill and Travis
each score 12 points in the setback.
Penn State will look to build on its strong first half on Saturday when
it returns to the BJC to meet Army.
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Story By Kelsey Detweiler, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions call the Bryce Jordan Center their
'home' court. But for most of the young men on the Penn State roster, the place
that they call home is more than two, three or even four hours away from State
On Wednesday night, the Lions travel to Philadelphia to face the La Salle
Explorers and enter into the hometown city of a few of their own.
Head coach Patrick Chambers grew up in historic city and played basketball
at Philadelphia University from 1990 until 1994. He also spent a lot of time watching
his brother, Paul, as a point-guard for Penn in the same venue that his team
will be traveling to. They call it the Palestra.
"I've never coached in the Palestra as a head coach, only as an assistant
so, there's going to be some major energy and butterflies in my body I'm sure,"
said Chambers. "It's a special place in my heart."
The building was given its Greek name because in the ancient civilization
young men would compete in multiple events in a rectangular area, one that was
attached to a gymnasium where spectators could watch, and it was called a
Palestra. Chambers said that even though it doesn't look overly exciting, the
history of the building and all of the talented basketball players that have
played there makes it one of a kind.
"It actually looks like Rec Hall," said Chambers. "When you grow up, when
you're a young kid and your dad and your brother bring you down to the games
you want to play there and you want to be a part of that history. There's so
much rich tradition down there - when it comes to college basketball it's just
an amazing feeling."
Sophomore guard D.J. Newbill is equally anxious to play inside the
nostalgic building on Wednesday night, but has another reason to be excited
too. Newbill played high school basketball at Strawberry Mansion in the
northeast region of the city.
"It's always good to go back and play in front of my hometown, a lot of my
friends and family will be there," said Newbill. "Playing in the Palestra,
that's one of the most famous venues in Philly so I'm just looking forward to a
Newbill said that he played a few summer league games inside the well-known
building when he was a teenager, but never a big-time competition against a
tough Big Five team.
Freshman guard Brandon Taylor is another Lion that has strong ties to the
City of Brotherly Love. Taylor grew up in the northern parts of Philadelphia
and played AAU ball for Team Philly.
Taylor said that his dad has been telling him stories about big games that
have been played in the Palestra for years, but the freshman has only ever
practiced inside the facility.
The rookie said that he's looking forward to seeing his friends and family
in the stands supporting him. But he said that he's even more excited to
showcase his style of basketball in the place where he learned it. It's that
"It's just being tough, really," said Taylor. "You've got to go out there
and be tough, play as hard as you can."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
- Senior point guard Tim Frazier never had coaching on his list of career
aspirations after his playing days ended, but his experience with head coach
Patrick Chambers this season may end up changing his mind.
Out for the season with an Achilles injury, Frazier is attached at the hip with
Coach Chambers. Seeing the game at a
different angle for the first time in his career, Frazier is in great spirits
and loves to help the Nittany Lions in any manner possible.
Frazier has already played an instrumental role in helping both D.J. Newbill
and Jermaine Marshall develop as point guards.
Speaking from first-hand experience, Frazier said adjustment Newbill is
making from a shooting guard mindset to playing point guard is not an easy
task. But Frazier said Newbill is progressing
tremendously every day at practice. The
Texas native will continue traveling with the team on every trip to provide leadership.
Frazier talked to the media on Monday afternoon to provide an update on how
things are going thus far. Take a look.
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By Kelsey Detweiler, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions improved to 4-1 at home and 4-3
overall on Saturday afternoon with a 58-47 win over Penn.
Coming off a setback to Boston College on Wednesday night, the blue and
white regrouped and played what head coach Patrick Chambers called smart and
gritty Penn State Basketball.
In the first half, the Lions held Penn to just 22 total points and did not
allow a single second-chance basket. Penn State worked hard down low and
out-rebounded the Quakers 18-9, 11 of which were defensive boards, in the first
While Chambers said that the Lions were focusing on generating more
scoring opportunities on opening drives during practice this week, he was
pleasantly surprised with the outcome against Penn.
"For us to have a lead in the first half is huge," said Chambers. "For us to
score 31 points - I felt like they played with some confidence."
Penn State had one of its best shooting halves this season in the
opening period of its game on Saturday, hitting 8-of-17 for a 41.7 percent
shooting clip. Freshman guard Brandon Taylor was nearly flawless when the ball
was in his hands, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor including three beyond the arc
in the first half.
Chambers played Taylor for a total of 31 minutes, which is nine minutes
more than he has played in any game this season. But the head coach said that
his rookie understands that for the Nittany Lions, he is anything but.
"He knows what his role is," said Chambers. "He needs to be an impact
player for us. Unfortunately, he doesn't have time to be a freshman."
On the day, the Lions shot a season-high 42.9 percent as a team.
Jermaine Marshall led with 18 points, and D.J. Newbill followed with 13.
Newbill said that he and Marshall have become a one-two punch on the floor,
and feel more confident in their scoring opportunities when they work side by
"I'm not a pure point guard and neither is Jermaine but when we kind of
tag-team and work together we generate some offense," said Newbill. "It helps
out a lot."
Chambers said that while he has not yet officially announced it, he
plans on naming Marshall as a third captain for the season. The redshirt
junior's hustle, drive and hard work in practice have made him a leader in his
"With Tim [Frazier] being out I have D.J., Jermaine and Nick [Colella]
and their embracing the role. They want to be leaders. Jermaine has been
wanting to be a captain and with me you always have to earn it. He's earning
The head coach said that his Nittany Lion team is, in fact, still a work
in progress. But as his athletes go through a few season-opening growing pains
and learn one another's tendencies on the court, he said that he is encouraged
by their tenacity and positive attitudes.
"I use the term 'persistent intensity'," said Chambers. "That means
every day. You can't have one day off."