Penn State Basketball Overcomes a Slow Start to Defeat Colgate 72-59

By John Morgan on November 24, 2016 at 9:59 am
Penn State forward Peyton Banks

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Penn State didn't convert a two-point basket until there was 8:46 left in the half, but thankfully had made four 3's up until that point. The Lions finished the night 11-26 from three and pulled away from Colgate for a 72-59 win. Payton Banks led the way with 20 points and Terrance Samuel had a career high 16.

After Julian Moore shot a reckless 12 foot left-handed hook shot, Colgate's Jordan Swopshire hit a three to give them a 21-15 lead. Patrick Chambers called timeout. Out of the break, Tony Carr converted a three-point play that sparked a 15-2 run to close the half and give the Nittany Lions a 30-23 at the break.

Penn State fought off a number of Colgate's runs by hitting timely three pointers. Colgate pulled to within three, but Tony Carr answered the call with a three of his own to give Penn State a 39-33 lead. With a little over five minutes in the game, Colgate pulled within five, but Shep Garner hit a three with 5:03 to extend the lead to 59-51 and Penn State would never look back.

In a game that featured 21 made three point baskets, Colgate finished the night shooting 10-21 from behind the arc. Penn State evened it's record at 3-3 and heads to Washington, DC on Saturday to take on George Washington at 4 PM.


  • Payton Banks scored 20 points on 4-9 shooting from behind the arc. Banks kept Penn State in the game early scoring nine of the team's first twelve points.
  • Tony Carr added 14 points, 2 assists and 7 rebounds. Carr was 2-2 from three and is now 10-22 on the season.
  • Terrance Samuel scored a career high 16 points and hit the first three pointer of his college career. Samuel played well all night and Chambers kept him on the floor for 23 minutes.
  • Lamar Stevens had a rough game found himself in foul trouble again and only played 12 minutes and did not score.
  • Julian Moore didn't score in his 18 minutes, but added 5 rebounds.
  • Mike Watkins had 4 points and 7 rebounds and stayed out of foul trouble against an undersized team.