No. 23 Penn State 87 - Central Connecticut State 58: Lions Dismantle Blue Devils

By John Morgan on December 21, 2019 at 9:00 am
Penn State Forward Lamar Steven
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In the not too distant past, a game against Central Connecticut State could have spelled trouble for Penn State basketball. A buy-game with no hype, this looked like a spot where the Nittany Lions might sleepwalk through a half. That was certainly not the case Friday night as the Lions cruised to an 87-58 win over Donyell Marshall's Blue Devils.

  1st half 2nd half final
Central Conn. 31 27 58
Penn State 51 36 87

Penn State absolutely sizzled hitting their first 12 shots, including 5/5 from three-point range. Central Connecticut would never get closer than 15 points, and Pat Chambers was able to empty his bench with nearly eight minutes remaining in the game. 

Ten players scored for Penn State with Myreon Jones leading all scorers with 21. Izaiah Brockington added 11 off the bench, Lamar Stevens chipped in 10, and Mike Watkins added 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Watkins broke the 1,000 point mark for his career, the 37th Nittany Lion to ever reach the milestone. He is just the third player in school history with 1,000 points and 800 rebounds. Greg Outlaw led the way for the outmatched Blue Devils with 14 points.

Penn State hosts Cornell on Sunday, Dec. 29 at noon (ESPNU) in the season's final non-conference tune-up. The Lions will entertain Iowa and the nation's No. 1 KenPom offense at the Palestra in Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Until then, enjoy these dunks from Stevens:

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