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Penn State 81, Fairleigh Dickinson 57
November 12, 2017
Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, Pa.)
Penn State Scoring Leader: Tony Carr (20)
Penn State Rebounding Leader: Josh Reaves (9)
Penn State Assist Leader: Tony Carr (7)
- Last time Penn State’s men's basketball played Fairleigh Dickinson was on January 26, 1980.
- Penn State starting lineup: Tony Carr, Shep Garner, Josh Reaves, Lamar Stevens, Mike Watkins (First Time)
- Senior guard Darian Anderson on FDU is Penn State’s Assistant Coach Dewayne Anderson’s brother. Anderson did not play in today’s game due to injury.
- This is Mike Watkins' first season appearance.
- The Nittany Lions moved to 35-4 against the Northeast Conference.
- The last time the Nittany Lions scored back-to-back games with over 80 points was last season against St. Johns and Morgan State (12/18/16-12/23/16).
Penn State Team Notes
- Penn State came out cold, shooting only 1-7 from the field to start the game, but ended the half shooting 13-22.
- Penn State’s first lead of the game at came at the 11-minute mark in the first half and maintained their lead for the remainder of the game.
- The Nittany Lions largest lead was 28 in the second half at the 7-minute mark.
- The Nittany Lions forced the Knights into the bonus only 11 minutes into the first half.
- The Nittany Lions press defense was able to force 15 turnovers in the first half and 31 total.
- Penn State dominated the low post, out-rebounding the Knights, 42-26, including 18 offensive rebounds, and outscoring the opponents, 46-30, in the paint.
- Penn State broke one of the BJC records with most steals in a game (18), and forced Fairleigh Dickinson with 31 turnovers, beating the previous record at the BJC with 27.
Nittany Lions Individual Notes
- Josh Reaves and Tony Carr led the Nittany Lion charge as they both scored in double digits in the first half. Reaves ended the game with 17 points, nine rebounds, and four steals, while Carr finished with 20 points, four rebounds, seven assists while shooting 9-9 from the free throw line.
- Mike Watkins had a notable season debut with contributing 15 points, five rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
- Tony Carr set a personal-high with three steals while leading the team in assists (7) and points (20).
- Sophomore Nazeer Bostick scored 12 points in today’s game, setting a personal best.
- Five players on Penn State finished the game scoring in double digits; Carr (20), Stevens (12), Watkins (15), Reaves (17), and Bostick (12).
- Freshman Trent Buttrick made his first collegiate basketball game appearance.
- Freshman John Harrar made his second collegiate basketball appearance and scored his first point of his career.