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November 10, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State men's basketball team became the first Big Ten team to record a win in the 2017-18 season with a 86-75 victory over Campbell at the Bryce Jordan Center. Sophomore guard Tony Carr scored a career-best 33 points and flirted with a triple-double with nine rebounds and seven assists in the Nittany Lions' first action of the year.
Campbell's Chris Clemons led all scorers with 39 points, 24 coming in the second half The junior guard tied the Bryce Jordan Center facility record for points scored by an individual and shares the mark with Lady Lion Maggie Lucas (12/9/2012). Thirteen of Clemons' points came at the free throw line.
Penn State led the game for 33:51 and opened up a 17-point lead eight minutes into the second half, but Campbell used an 11-2 run to close the gap to single digits points. Carr scored 18 points in the final 5:53 to help fend off the Camels and converted a layup and a free throw after being fouled by Shane Whitfield with 39 seconds left for a 77-70 Penn State lead. He added six more points off free throws.
"He (Tony) made big buckets, and he made some great passes, too, that put us in position to be successful, which is great," said coach Patrick Chambers. "He showed some leadership. You could see he was disappointed they (Campbell) had made a run on us, and he wasn't going to let us lose this game."
In addition to his career best in points, Carr also set career bests in field goals attempted (23), free throws and free throws attempted with 13 and 15, respectively. He tied his career best for field goals made with nine.
Junior forward Josh Reaves scored 15 as the only other Nittany Lion in double figures and added eight rebounds, three steals and a block to his stat line. Carr led Penn State in rebounds with his nine, tying the game-high with Campbell's Andrew Eudy, and Lamar Stevens and Julian Moore each grabbing six apiece. Eudy had 11 as the only other Camel in double-figure scoring.
The Nittany Lions crashed the boards and had a 44-37 advantage after only a two-rebound margin at the half. Foul trouble set in for both teams in the second half, sending Stevens and Wheeler to the bench for Penn State and ending the day for Shane Whitfield and Marcus Burk for Campbell.
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NOTES: Penn State men's basketball debuted a new entrance Friday afternoon with dark blue lighting effects and fog as the Nittany Lions ran out onto the court from their locker room...Senior Shep Garner played in his 100th game as a Nittany Lion and moved into 20th place on Penn State's career scoring list with eight points for 1,191...Guard Jamari Wheeler from Live Oak, Fla., was the first freshman to play in the 2017-18 season, checking in at the 16:07 mark of the first half...Junior Satchel Pierce, who transferred from Virginia Tech, made his first appearance as a Nittany Lion...The Bryce Jordan Center record for points scored by an individual men's player was 37, previously held by Penn State's D.J. Newbill (vs. Purdue, 1/17/2015) and Will Solomon of Clemson (12/1/1999)... Penn State is 90-31 overall and 18-4 in season openers at the Bryce Jordan Center while Coach Patrick Chambers is now 6-1 in openers at Penn State ... Coach Patrick Chambers announced that redshirt sophomore forward Mike Watkins, who missed the game vs. Campbell, would be back in action for Penn State for Sunday's game vs. Fairleigh Dickinson.