Multiple Lions Are Making Their Mark in the PSU Record Books

By Craig Fritz on March 8, 2018 at 9:30 am
Penn State Basketball Coach Pat Chambers

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With games still to be played, the Nittany Lions are on pace rewrite portions of the Penn State basketball record books. The varying eras of college hoops from which current record-holders hail, shows how talented the current team is, and how awesome it would be to get the gang back together for another season in 2018-19. Here's a breakdown of some notable records that have already been broken or are close to falling.

tony carr

Records set this year:

  • Most points as a sophomore - 638. Carr passed Talor Battle (635) in Penn State's last game in the Big Ten Tournament and will extend his record in the NCAA or NIT tournament.
  • Most FGs as a sophomore - 218. The previous sophomore record was held by DeRon Hayes (200).
  • Most FG attempted as a sophomore - 524. Battle held the old mark of 493.
  • Carr became the fourth Lion to have 600 points/150 assists in a season, joining Battle, Joe Crispin, and Tim Frazier.
  • Four 30+ point games is more than Crispin, Battle, or Newbill ever had in a single season. It is second only to Jesse Arnelle's 11 back in 1955.

Records that could fall:

  • Most FG attempted in a single season. Battle owns the mark at 532, so Carr should get this one in the next game.
  • Free throws made as a sophomore. Battle owns the record of 147, and Carr needs 26 to tie. A deep NIT run could knock this one out too. 
  • Single-season scoring record. Tone (638 points) would absolutely have to go off and the Lions would need at least four more games, but Jesse Arnelle's 731 points in 1955 is within reach. Currently, Carr is seventh on the single-season scoring list. Crispin's 2001 (642 points) and 2000 (649 points) season marks are up next.

Career watch:

  • The first sophomore to crack the 1,000 point mark, Carr's 1,074 career points already place him 26th on the career-scoring list. Battle's 2,213 points are the school record. 

mike watkins

Records set this year:

  • Career FG percentage - 63.7 percent. Already the owner of Penn State's career record at 59 percent, Watkins significantly increased his own mark.
  • Season FG percentage - 68.5 percent. Just an unreal number here. The previous season-best was 64 percent by Jarrett Stephens in 2000. This is obviously the record for a sophomore as well (previously 57.9 percent by Andrew Jones in 2009).

Career watch: 

  • Watkins' 12 double-doubles in 2017-18 and 20 double-doubles for his career are both fourth all-time. He needs 19 double-doubles to pass John Amaechi's career record (38).
  • Watkins is basically the second elite shot-blocker in Penn State history. It's unlikely that anyone will ever touch Calvin Booth's ungodly mark of 428 career blocks or 140 blocks in a season. But Watkins is no slouch with 158 career blocks placing him already third on the career list, and his seasons of 90 and 68 blocks rank fifth and tied-for-sixth behind Booth.

shep garner

Records that could fall:

  • Single-season three-pointers made. Garner has drilled 101 threes this year and sits just eight made threes from breaking Crispin's record of 108 in 2001. 
  • Career three-pointers made. Garner's big year has vaulted him up Penn State's three-point shooting list. He's now tied for second with Battle with 317 career threes made. A few big (really big) games could give him a shot at Pete Lisicky's career mark of 332 made threes.

Career watch:

  • Garner opened the season 21st on Penn State's career scoring list with 1,183 points. Thanks to the most prolific season of his career, he now owns eighth place with 1,561 points. He could realistically end the season as high as sixth. DeRon Hayes (1,570 points) and Jamelle Cornley (1,579) points are next on the list.

Josh Reaves

Career watch:

  • Reaves has 164 career steals including 68 this season. That is currently the 10th most in a single season in program history, but depending on the number of postseason games the Lions play, he could jump up to sixth. He's also on pace to take a swing at Ron Brown's 252 career record next season as a senior. 

Lamar Stevens

Career watch:

  • While he may not be the alpha dog on this team, Stevens is still putting up points and grabbing rebounds. Through two seasons, Stevens has scored 927 points and corralled 395 rebounds. After his sophomore year, Nittany Lion great Geary Claxton had 837 points and 414 rebounds. Claxton is currently the program's ninth all-time leading scorer and fifth all-time leading rebounder, so Stevens is on a great pace to finish safely among the top-10 of both categories. 
  • Stevens is set to become the 35th 1,000-point scorer in program history, but he'll likely have to wait until November unless PSU plays deep into March in the NIT. 

team records

Records set this year:

  • Most FG made in a season - 925. The previous mark was 904 by the 2009 NIT Championship team, which played 38 games. This team can seriously score.
  • Six individual 30+ point performances is second only to Jesse Arnelle's 11 back in 1955.

Records that could fall:

  • Points in a season. Carr's crew is just 36 points away from topping Crispin's 2000 team, which scored 2,572 points on the year in 35 games.
  • FG attempted in a season. With 2,009 shots attempted thus far, the Lions should eclipse the 2009 teams' record of 2,040 FG attempted in a season in its next game.
  • Blocked shots in a season. This version of the Nittany Lions (176) is just six blocks away from tying its own program record from a year ago (182).
  • Rebounds in a season. The Lions (1,213) are 77 boards away from the team record of 1,290 set by the 2009 squad.
  • Three-pointers made in a season. A few more games will be needed to catch Battle and company's 282 made three-pointers from 2009, but if Garner and Carr are locked in, they could get close (252 made three pointers).
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