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Penn State 60, Rutgers 43
January 27, 2018
Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, Pa.)
Penn State Team Notes
The Nittany Lions closed out the first half on a 7-0 run, going 6-8 from the field while holding Rutgers scoreless for the final 3:03.
Penn State dominated the glass, winning the rebounding battle, 42-27, and limited the Scarlet Knights to only two offensive rebounds while collecting nine of their own.
Rutgers is now Penn State’s eighth opponent in 2017-18 to be held under 60 points in a game and Rutgers’ 43 points match the lowest points total given up this season (vs. Coppin State, 12/30/17).
The Nittany Lions did not allow a single second-chance point for the first time this season and scored 12 of their own.
Penn State capitalized on mistakes scoring 23 points off turnovers and allowing only nine.
The Nittany Lions allowed zero second-chance points while gaining an advantage on second-chance opportunities with 12 points.
Penn State controlled the paint, winning the scoring battle inside, 34-18.
Penn State is now 10-0 this season when holding opponents under 40-percent from the field. The Nittany Lions held Rutgers to 31.4-percent in the contest. Under head coach Patrick Chambers, Penn State is 65-18 when holding opponents under 40-percent.
Nittany Lions Individual Notes
Mike Watkins recorded his 10th double-double of the season and 18th of his career with 15 points along with 19 rebounds, a new career-high. His 19 rebounds ties for the second-most rebounds in a single game by a Big Ten player this season and tied for 12th nationally.
Watkins pulled down 10 first half rebounds, his highest total in the first half of the season and matching his largest total in a half (second half, vs. Northwestern, 1/5/18).
Watkins’ 19 rebounds are the most by a Penn State player since Jan. 22, 2005 (Aaron Johnson, 21 vs. Northwestern).
Josh Reaves ended with four steals to put him in sole possession of 10th-place on the Penn State all-time steals list with 138 in his career passing Jarrett Stevens (1996-2000).
Tony Carr matched his career-high in minutes played in a regulation game with 39. Carr finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
John Harrar recorded his first career rebound in a Big Ten Game.
Julian Moore set a new career-high with three assists.
Deivis Zemgulis recorded one steal, matching his career-high.
The Bryce Jordan Center saw its largest crowd under head coach Patrick Chambers with 13,677 in attendance besting the previous mark of 13,103 (Nebraska, Feb. 11, 2012) and the largest since Jan. 29, 2011 (14,292, vs. Wisconsin).
Penn State is now 41-31 all-time against the Scarlet Knights and 26-9 in University Park, Pa.
Rutgers starting lineup: Geo Baker, Corey Sanders, Mamadou Doucaoure, Deshawn Freeman, and Issa Thiam.
Penn State has now won 15 games or more in each of the last five seasons marking the first time in program history the team has won 15 games or more in five straight seasons.
Rutgers’ leading scorer, entering the game averaging 14.2 ppg, Corey Sanders was held scoreless for the first time this season.