Penn State took on Cornell Sunday afternoon in their final non-conference game of the regular season. The Nittany Lions imposed their will from the beginning, dominating the Big Red 90-59.
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The Nittany Lions jumped out to a quick 19-9 lead, on their way to taking a 45-29 lead into halftime behind strong play from Mike Watkins and Lamar Stevens. Watkins was a perfect 8-8 shooting in the first half and had nine rebounds to go with his 16 points. Stevens chipped in with 14 points of his own. In classic Bryce Jordan Center fashion, The ESPNU broadcast had some technical difficulties and the folks at home were subjected to a still camera of the BJC's scoreboard.
Actually happening right now: ESPNU having technical difficulties with Cornell-Penn State so theyre showing a stationary camera feed of the video board pic.twitter.com/Sf8JvqHw7m— Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) December 29, 2019
The second half proved to be no different as Penn State never looked back thanks to sharp shooting and their normal stellar defense. As a team, they shot 52.2% on 35 of 67 shooting. The Nittany Lions outrebounded the smaller Big Red by a 45 to 31 margin.
Watkins and Stevens led all Penn State scores with 19 points each on a combined 16 of 19 shooting. Big Mike finished with a double-double after pulling down 10 rebounds. Myreon Jones also added 18 points and Izaiah Brockington had 11 points to round out the double-digit scorers. Cornell was led by Jimmy Boeheim, son of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who finished with 17 points.
It wasn't all good news however for Penn State as Jamari Wheeler took an inadvertent elbow to the head and did not return to the game. He did return to the bench, but there was no update provided on his status.
The Nittany Lions finish the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 9-1 record and improve to 9-0 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State faces the No. 25 Iowa Hawkeyes on January 4 at the Palestra. The Nittany Lions have put themselves in a good spot heading into the new year, but the real test is about to begin.