The Nittany Lions returned to action yesterday in their second game at the Summer of Thunder event in the Bahamas. While their first game featured the NPBA All-Stars (a collection of the best players from the native professional league), yesterday's opponent, the Providence Storm, was significantly worse in quality.
It didn't take long for the Nittany Lions to take the upper hand. Just four minutes into the game, PSU had three dunks and a 13-4 lead. They finished the first period up 25-11 and the game only unraveled from there. The Storm resorted to launching bombs off the dribble, while PSU displayed much better ball movement that yielded quality looks. The Lions won all four periods on their way to a 112-63 whooping.
There isn't much to takeaway from such an ugly blowout, especially when the box score is unreliable. Keeping score ain't easy, but there were numerous errors that were obvious throughout, including a few mistakes that affected the actual team scores in the game. But it's all we got to reference, so let's roll with it.
Shep Garner had another strong shooting game, as he was credited with 28 points on 7-15 shooting from beyond the arc. This was the second straight game he came off the bench in favor of Nazeer Bostick, but he's now 15-29 from the perimeter in that role. Maybe this lineup won't just be a temporary experiment overseas?
Tony Carr was also stroking the ball well and finished with 21 points on 9-12 shooting from the floor. Lamar Stevens and Josh Reaves chipped in 16 and 14 points respectively. Jamari Wheeler was credited with 13 points, but that doesn't jive with my memory while watching. I thought he missed more shots than the 6-10 line he was given. John Harrar contributed five points, four rebounds, and drew three fouls in 12 minutes, but he had a nightmare day from the foul line (1-6).
Penn State wraps up their week with one more game tomorrow against the Bahamas All-Stars. This team actually beat another D-I program in Colorado State on Monday by a score of 100-98. However, Eugene Bain switched teams to help the Bahamas All-Stars after he dropped 32 points on PSU with the NPBA All-Stars on Sunday. If Bain plays for the Bahamas again, this could be a tougher challenge for PSU as they finish off their foreign tour.