You think we win this one? I hope so
I really hope so. It’s a must win if we want to make the NIT
Famous last words, but think we cruise here and Mike gets going. Pat just needs to give him some run, let him get into game flow.
This will be a very lightly attended game
Are you speaking for the students or just in general?
Both. It’s a the game after a ■■■■■■ loss, it’s near finals, and the team we’re playing doesn’t move the needle.
Don’t forge to uncheck “auto renew” if you’re signing up for BTN+ just for these two games. And with that, if you’re got a live stats link up while watching, it’ll be 30 seconds ahead of the stream.
Nittany Lions Return to Nonconference Play vs. Colgate
Plethora of Promotions Planned for Saturday’s Game
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s basketball team returns to nonconference play with a Saturday, Dec. 8 game vs. Colgate. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be available on BTN+.
TICKETS: GoPSUSsports.com, call 1-800-NITTANY or visit the Penn State Athletics Ticket Office at the Bryce Jordan Center.
PROMOTIONS: Special Olympics Day, $5 baseline ticket with new, unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots, pictures with Santa, postgame autographs
LISTEN: Penn State Sports Network
Steve Jones (pxp) & Dick Jerardi (analyst)
DIGITAL GAME PROGRAM: Colgate at Penn State
LIVE STATS: Colgate at Penn State
MEDIA GUIDE: Penn State
Coach: Matt Langel (Pennsylvania 2000)
Colgate Record: 97-134 (8th season)
Career Record: 97-134 (8th season)
2018-19 Record: 7-3, 0-0 Patriot League
2018-19 Leading Scorer
#1 Jordan Burns, So., G – 17.0 ppg
2018-19 Leading Rebounder
#25 Rapolas Ivanauskas, So., F – 10.0 rpg
2018-19 Assists Leader
#1 Jordan Burns, So., G – 4.5 apg
Penn State Nittany Lions
Coach: Patrick Chambers (Philadelphia, 1994)
Penn State Record: 117-126 (8th season)
Career Record: 159-154 (10th season)
2018-19 Leading Scorer:
#11 Lamar Stevens, Jr., F - 21.1 ppg
2018-19 Leading Rebounder:
#11 Lamar Stevens, Jr., F - 8.8 rpg
2018-19 Assists Leader:
#23 Josh Reaves, Sr., G - 3.6 apg
PENN STATE STARTERS (LAST GAME)
F – 11 – Lamar Stevens – Jr. | 2018-19 ppg: 21.1 | rpg: 8.8
Note: B1G No. 2 scorer, NCAA No. 36, Needs 15 more rebounds to reach 500 career
F – 21 – John Harrar – So. | 2018-19 ppg: 4.5 | rpg: 4.9
Note: Top FG percentage among starters at 60.9%, Has pulled down at least 5 rebounds in last 3 games
G – 2 – Myles Dread – Fr. | 2018-19 ppg: 9.1 | rpg: 3.3
Note: 8 starts, 29.8 mpg, Added 12 points vs. IU, tied for second on team with 11 steals
G – 13 – Rasir Bolton – Fr. | 2018-19 ppg: 11.9 | rpg: 3.0
Note: First career start vs. IU; Scored game-high 17 points vs. IU, 6 games with double-figure scoring
G – 23 – Josh Reaves – Sr. | 2018-19 ppg: 11.7 | rpg: 5.7
Note: Leads B1G in total steals & steals per game, 7 steals shy of 200 for career
SERIES RECORD vs. COLGATE
Penn State took the 72-59 win in the Bryce Jordan Center the last time these teams met on Nov. 23, 2016, for the first time in nine years. The Nittany Lions and Raiders played regularly from the 1940s through the 1970s with nearly annual home and away series, but the two programs have played only three times since 1981.
Series streak: Penn State, W9
Overall series: Penn State leads 51-24
at University Park: Penn State leads 27-9
Chambers vs. Colgate: 1-0
With 75 games in the Colgate-Penn State series, there are only five opponents the Nittany Lions have faced more often in program history.
Penn State ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in steals per game overall (8.9). The Nittany Lions recorded back-to-back games with 12 steals in conference competition for a 12.0 average in league games, also good for No. 1.
Lamar Stevens needs 15 more rebounds to reach the 500-career rebound milestone. Only 26 other Nittany Lions have achieved that career mark.
Senior guard Josh Reaves leads the Nittany Lions in both assists (25) and steals (23) so far this season. He ranks in the Penn State career top five for steals with 193, seven shy of 200, and in the top 20 for assists (241).
Nittany Lion freshman guard Rasir Bolton, who made his first career start vs. Indiana, has scored in double digits in six games so far with a career best 25 points vs. Jacksonville State.
Penn State held Indiana without a field goal for the final 3:58 of the game, but couldn’t pull off the comeback in the Big Ten Conference opener, falling 64-62. Freshman guard Rasir Bolton scored 17 points to lead Penn State while junior forward Lamar Stevens had his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Down 11 points in the second half, Penn State (4-4, 0-2) battled back behind nine points from Bolton with 3:58 remaining in the game, but a missed layup and turnover secured the win for Indiana in the final seconds.
Freshman guard Myles Dread also contributed 12 points while senior guard Josh Reaves had seven rebounds and a game-high five steals.
The two teams matched in total field goals and free throws, but Indiana had seven 3-pointers to five for the Penn State. The Nittany Lions struggled from the free throw line in the first half, going 4-14 from the line and finished the game 11-26.
Indiana held the lead throughout the second half after taking a 34-30 score into the locker room. The lead was trimmed to four again with 1:23 left in the game as Bolton hit a triple, then added two free throws before getting a basket off a Jamari Wheeler steal. Bolton’s final layup with 22 seconds left put the Nittany Lions down by only two, 64-62.
Penn State ran out to a 9-0 lead, holding the Hoosiers without any points for the first four minutes and a half of the contest. Indiana pulled out to a six-point lead as freshman Romeo Langford accounted for 10 of the Hoosier’s 13 points over a four-minute stretch before halftime. He finished with a share of the scoring lead with 15 of his 17 points coming in the first half.
BY THE NUMBERS
3 – Millions of dollars raised (net) by Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State since the organization was launched in 1995.
4 – With five steals vs. the Hoosiers, Josh Reaves moved up to No. 4 nationally,
averaging 2.88 steals per game.
8.9 – Penn State leads the Big Ten in steals per game for all games played and tops the chart for conference contests after recording back-to-back 12-steal games at Maryland and vs. Indiana.
63.8 – Career field goal percentage for Mike Watkins, which ranks eighth on the NCAA active career list.
75 – The Penn State-Colgate series spans 75 games. PSU has played only five NCAA Division I opponents more times in its 123-year program history.
117 – Number of wins by coach Patrick Chambers, in his eighth year at Penn State, tied with Jerry Dunn (8 years) for sixth on the Nittany Lions’ list.
485 – Career rebounds for Lamar Stevens as he needs 15 more to become only the 27th player in Penn State history with 500 career rebounds.
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Here’s hoping that while mom’s are Christmas shopping, dad’s will be taking the kids to the game today with a toy so they can buy $5 tickets and take the kids to see Santa too.