Nov. 19, 2013
Box Score |
Penn State 79, La Salle 72
Nov. 19, 2013
Bryce Jordan Center
The all-time series with La Salle moves to 2-3 overall. This was the first meeting in the series held on either team's campus.
Penn State is 2-0 against teams in Philadelphia's "Big 5" this season after besting Penn, 83-71, last Saturday.
These are the first back-to-back wins for Penn State since winning four in a row Dec. 8-29 last season.
This is head coach Patrick Chambers' first career win over La Salle. He now is 1-2 after taking a loss last season and in the lone meeting at Boston University.
All five starters scored in double figures - Donovon Jack (18), Tim Frazier (15), D.J. Newbill (15), Brandon Taylor (15) and Ross Travis (13).
Penn State has not had five players reach double figures in scoring since Dec. 18, 2011 when the Lions defeated Mount St. Mary's, 72-43.
The game featured six ties and 11 lead changes, with the Lions taking over for good at the 10:34 mark of the second half (58-56). They would lead by as many as 11 (75-64, 2:53) down the stretch after trailing by as much as 7 (28-21, 9:01).
Penn State has posted at least 40 points in the first half of each of the last two games (47 at Penn).
Sophomore Donovon Jack posted a career-high 18 points in the win, besting his previous high of eight points from Dec. 15, 2012 vs. Delaware State. He was 6-9 from the field with four 3-pointers.
Graduate guard Tim Frazier notched his eighth career double-double and second this season, recording 15 points and 11 assists.
The 11 helpers ties Frazer's career-best from Nov. 23, 2011 vs. Youngstown State.
With the 11 assists, Frazier moves up to fourth place on Penn State's career assists ledger with 488, bumping Joe Crispin (1998-2001) and Tom Wilkinson (1977-80), who each posted 485.
With 1,117 career points, Frazier remains in 20th place all-time at Penn State, but inches closer to Mark DuMars' 1,139 points (1959-61).
Sophomore Brandon Taylor shared the team lead in rebounds (8) with Ross Travis and came up with a career-high four blocks. He is the first PSU player to tally at least four blocks since Jeff Brooks put up five vs. Lehigh Nov. 12, 2010.
Junior D.J. Newbill turned in his 19th-consecutive double-figure scoring effort
Junior Ross Travis had eight rebounds in the win, tied with Brandon Taylor for the team lead. Travis has led the Lions in rebounding in each of the last three games.