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Penn State 88, Coppin State 43 : On To The Rest of the B1G Slate

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The final non-conference game is in the books, and now it’s on to Maryland and the rest of the Big Ten schedule.

NCAA Basketball: Rider at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State and a winless Coppin State team engaged in a game of basketball today. To nobody’s surprise, Penn State won handily. Riding on solid shooting (PSU would finish the game 14-of-28 from 3-point range), defense, and great care of the ball (PSU only had two turnovers at halftime), the Nittany Lions pushed their lead to as high as 22 points in the first half before taking a 43-23 lead to the locker room.

The second half saw PSU pick up where they left off, as Josh Reaves, Tony Carr, Shep Garner, and Lamar Stevens launched a barrage of three-pointers and Mike Watkins threw down a sick alley-oop dunk to push PSU’s lead into the 30’s as the Nittany Lions enjoyed a comfortable afternoon at the BJC, which saw guys like Davis Zemgulis, John Harrar, and Trent Buttrick, amongst other bench players get extended playing time. ultimately prevailing before settling in to watch the football team play in the Fiesta Bowl.

PPP and Four Factors

Team Total Possessions PPP eFG% OReb% TO% FT Rate
Team Total Possessions PPP eFG% OReb% TO% FT Rate
Penn State 67 1.32 61.4% 35.5% 15.0% 40.4%
Coppin State 0.64 36.4% 11.8% 27.0% 30.4%

That stats sure as hell didn’t lie: Penn State was the superior in each and every way today (woof on that PPP, Coppin State).

Player Of The Game - Tony Carr (21 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3-for-4 3-point shooting)

Tone was on fire early and often, hitting on all but two of his nine attempts from the field, and also added 4-for-5 from the free throw line. This is the type of performance that will be needed from him on a night-in, night-out, basis if the Lions are going to truly make noise in conference play.

Random Observations

We aren’t going to learn anything about how this team will fare against the Michigan States, Purdues, or even the middle and lower tier teams of the Big Ten for that matter, based on today’s game. Let’s just say that it was nice to see a PSU team coming off a tough, inexcusable, loss to Rider come out of the gates strong and never falter throughout, even if it’s possible that you could assemble a crew from Gym 1 of the IM Building and give this Coppin State team a run for its money.

Up Next

Penn State (11-4) takes its talents to College Park, Maryland next Tuesday (Jan. 2nd) when they take on the Maryland Terrapins. Tip-off is at 7:00 PM ET on BTN.