Nov. 25, 2013
|Monmouth (1-3) at Penn State (4-1)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men’s basketball team looks to win its fourth-consecutive game when it hosts Monmouth at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Bryce Jordan Center in the second of two on-campus contests of the Barclays Center Classic presented by Continental Tire. The Nittany Lions (4-1) defeated Longwood, 93-67, Sunday in the Jordan Center, while the while the Hawks sit at 1-3 after dropping a Friday night game to St. John’s, 64-54.
AT A GLANCE
- The Nittany Lions have four players averaging in double figures after four games, led by D.J. Newbill (18.6) and Tim Frazier (18.2). Both are ranked in the Top 5 in the Big Ten, making Penn State the only school with two players ranked that highly.
- The team is averaging 81.8 ppg, the fifth-highest scoring clip among conference teams and over 16 points more than the average in non-conference games last season (65.5).
- Tim Frazier needs five assists to become fourth PSU player in history to eclipse 1,000-point, 500-assist plateaus ... He currently is the only Big Ten player in the Top 10 of scoring (18.2, 5th), assists (7.4, 1st) and steals (1.6, 8th).
- Brandon Taylor, who leads the team in shooting percentage overall and from 3-point range, had a 25-point performance vs. Longwood Sunday with five treys. He is fourth in the Big Ten in made 3s.
- Ross Travis has led the team in rebounds in each of the last four games and is fourth in the Big Ten with 8.0 rpg.
- PSU players have combined to take 128 free throws (25.6 per game), led by Newbill’s 38 attempts. Four PSU players are shooting 75 percent or better from the FT line.
LIMITED BAG POLICY
Penn State has implemented a limited bag policy at all home athletic events this season. One clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag per person will be permitted for medical needs, child care needs and general items as needed. Items that can fit in a pocket should remain in patrons' pockets (i.e. keys, cell phone, wallet, glasses, camera, sunscreen, lip balm, make-up). General items of this nature, including those that don't fit in patrons' pocket, can also be placed in a clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag. All clear bags will be inspected through the bag and article check stations as in prior years.
KIDS EAT FREE
All children 12 and younger eat for free at midweek games during the 2013-14 season. They have the choice of three items from a six-food menu.
LAST TIME OUT: PSU TRIO LEADS LIONS OVER LONGWOOD, 93-67
Sophomore Brandon Taylor
and juniors D.J. Newbill
and Ross Travis
each turned in career performances to lead the Penn State men’s basketball team to a 93-67 victory over Longwood Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center. The 93-point effort is the most for the Nittany Lions since they put up 104 vs. Gardner Webb on Dec. 19, 2009.Taylor led the team in scoring, posting a career-high 25 points, while Newbill flirted with a double-double, registering 23 points and nine boards. Travis registered the sixth double-double of his career, tallying 11 points and a career-high matching 13 rebounds. [MORE: Page 28]
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A different PSU player has led the team in scoring in each of the last four games with the last two outings serving as career highs. Donovon Jack put up 18 against La Salle and Brandon Taylor had 25 vs. Longwood, both with a hot hand at 3-point shooting. Although Tim Frazier has led the team in assists in all five games, he had just eight of the Lions’ 25 Sunday vs. Longwood. Over 78 percent (25-32) field goals were assisted by seven players.
The Hawks are 1-3 on the season after dropping a closely-contested game with St. John’s last Friday in Queens, N.Y. Monmouth led midway through the second half and played through six ties and seven lead changes before the Red Storm gave a late push in the final three minutes. Justin Robinson had a career-high 15 points in the loss and Tyrone O’Garro grabbed 12 of the team’s 44 rebounds. The Hawks outrebounded the Red Storm 44-35 and had a 32-16 advantage in points in the paint. For the season, Deon Jones leads the team with 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, though he was limited to nine points against St. John’s. The Hawks are coached by King Rice, who is in his third season in the program.
Penn State owns a win in the lone meeting with Monmouth, a 73-42 victory Nov. 21, 1997 in the 1997-98 season opener at the Bryce Jordan Center. Jarrett Stephens had a team-high 17 points on 7-9 shooting. For the game, the Lions shot 55 percent with a 74 percent showing (17-23) in the second half.
Penn State is 70-85 in early-season tournaments, including the win Sunday vs. Longwood. The Lions have participated in at least one each season since 1981 and have captured 10 tourney championships, 11 second-place and 26 third-place finishes.
Penn State takes on New York for the Barclays Center Classic presented by Continental Tire Friday and Saturday in Brooklyn. The Lions will face St. John’s at approximately 7 p.m. Friday following the Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss game at 4:30 p.m. The losers and winners of each game will face off in the consolation and championship games at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, respectively.