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November 23, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State men's basketball team returns to the Bryce Jordan Center for its final home game of the month of November. Tip time is set for 3 p.m. for the Friday, November 24 contest against Oral Roberts.
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Oral Roberts (1-4) at Penn State (5-1)
Friday, November 24
Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa.
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ORAL ROBERTS GOLDEN EAGLES
Record: 1-4, 0-0 Summit
Coach: Paul Mills (1st year at Oral Roberts)
Starters Returning/Lost: 2/3
2017-18 Leading Scorer:
#44 Albert Owens, Sr., C -- 14.0 ppg
2017-18 Leading Rebounder:
#23 Emmanuel Nzekwesi, So., F - 9.7
PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
Record: 5-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Coach: Patrick Chambers (7th year at Penn State)
Starters Returning/Lost: 5/0
2017-18 Leading Playmaker:
#10 Tony Carr, So., G - 20.0 ppg / 5.3
2017-18 Leading Rebounder:
#11 Lamar Stevens, So. F -- 6.8
Penn State is 35-13 (72.9) in the month of November under coach Patrick Chambers.
This is the first meeting between Oral Roberts and Penn State on the basketball court.
The Nittany Lions are 2-1 against institutions currently in the Summit League.
ABOUT ORAL ROBERTS
Oral Roberts (1-4) travels to Penn State after back-to-back close losses to Montana (69-64) and Pepperdine (80-76) November 20-21 in its two games of the Progressive Legends Classic.
First-year Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills was on the staff of the Baylor team that lost to Penn State in the NIT championship in 2009. He spent the last eight years as an assistant coach with the Bears and 14 years overall in Waco, Texas.
- Five Nittany Lions are currently averaging in double-figure scoring with Tony Carr (21.4), Lamar Stevens (15.7), Josh Reaves (12.2) and Shep Garner and Mike Watkins both at 10.8 points per game.
- In the November 21 kenpom.com rankings, Penn State is 40th overall and 19th in defensive efficiency.
- Penn State is ranked third in the nation in total steals with 63 with 14 from junior Josh Reaves, who leads the Big Ten and is third nationally in the individual rankings. Behind Reaves, Nazeer Bostic, Tony Carr and Jamari Wheeler have nine apiece.
- Carr averaged 23.5 ppg and Stevens 17.5 ppg in the Legends Classic championship-round games at the Barclays Center with Carr the Nittany Lions' scoring leader in both games and Stevens the top rebounder. They were both selected to the Legends Classic All-Tournament team.
- Tony Carr (31) and Lamar Stevens (25) replicated their efforts of November 2016 against 16th-ranked Texas A&M on Tuesday night when they both scored 20-plus points in a game. The tandem accomplished the feat last against Duquesne.
- The last time a Nittany Lion scored 20 or more points in a half was Shep Garner in the second half of the 2016-17 season opener with 23. Carr's 21-point total in the first half against the Aggies was the first time a Nittany Lion scored 20 or more points in the opening period since Talor Battle had 20 vs. Sacred Heart on December 22, 2008.
- Redshirt sophomore forward Mike Watkins continues to move up Penn State's career list for blocked shots, now owning the No. 5 spot with 108 total. He entered the 2017-18 season tied for 10th on the career list with 90 in his rookie season. Jan Jagla (2002-04) is ahead of him with 110 for fourth.
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"The Penn State Coaches Show -- Featuring Pat Chambers and Presented by Pepsi" with Steve Jones and Roger Corey, airs live from Primanti Brothers in State College Thursday nights from 6:05-7:00 pm beginning November 30, 2017, and ending in early March. "The Penn State Coaches Show" and game broadcasts can also be heard for free via www.GoPSUsports.com/lionvision. The Penn State Sports Network is syndicated by Penn State Sports Properties, a property of Learfield.