When No. 13 Penn State takes the floor against Purdue on Tuesday night in West Lafayette, it will do so without second-leading scorer Myreon Jones.
Per spokesperson, Myreon Jones will not play tonight due to illness.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) February 11, 2020
This will mark the second missed game in a row for the sophomore guard, as he also sat out the huge win over Minnesota.
The Lions were able to survive without Jones against the Golden Gophers, but they may find themselves missing him a bit more against the Boilermakers. Jones is second on the team in points per game with 14.1 (Lamar Stevens leads with 17.6) and is tied with fellow guard Jamari Wheeler for most assists per game with 3.0.
In the Minnesota win, Stevens took it upon himself to fill the void left by Jones' absence, racking up a career-high 33 points. Myles Dread stepped back into the starting lineup and was able to accumulate 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists in his classmate's place.
Winning at home without your second-leading scorer is one thing, doing on the road against a surging Purdue squad is another. If Penn State is to grab its seventh-straight win, it will need someone other than Stevens to step up and replace Jones on offense.
Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. Check back to Roar Lions Roar after the game for our recap.