Penn State men’s basketball opens season with big win over Maryland Eastern Shore

Written by on November 6, 2019

On Tuesday night, Penn State opened the game on a 9-0 run in the first minute and 40 seconds of play and never looked back, leading from the opening tip through the final buzzer.

The Nittany Lions hosted Maryland Eastern Shore in their 2019-20 season opener at the Bryce Jordan Center, defeating the Hawks 84-46 behind a strong offensive showing to start the young season 1-0.

At the half, Penn State led UMES 37-17. The Nittany Lions shot 13-for 31-from the field and 4-for-16 from beyond the arc in the first half.

Following some halftime adjustments, Penn State went on a 19-2 run to begin the second half, emphasized by a highlight-reel dunk from forward Lamar Stevens. The run forced UMES coach Jason Crafton to call a timeout.

Penn State kept rolling in the second half, outscoring UMES 47-29.

The leading scorers were Penn State’s two seniors — Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins — as Stevens finished with 17 points, six rebounds and was 2-for-5 from three-point land. Watkins had 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks.

Following the game, Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said Stevens has free range when shooting threes, as long as they are quality opportunities.

“If they’re open, if they’re good shots,” Chambers said. “If his feet are right and everything is in rhythm.”

Sophomore guard Myles Dread chipped in with 15 points in just over 16 minutes of action, while Myreon Jones recorded 10 points and six assists. Junior Jamari Wheeler did not have any points in the contest, but was a force to be reckon with defensively with four steals.

The Nittany Lions’ next game is at 4 p.m. on Saturday as they welcome Wagner to the Bryce Jordan Center.

Feature Image By Matt Hartman

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