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Penn State 91, Wagner 64: On To Georgetown

At least one of the Penn State sports teams came through today!

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Media Day
That feeling when you’re undefeated heading into Georgetown.
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If you’re willing to take your mind of today’s football loss for just a brief moment and enjoy a Penn State team that won, I present to you, the men’s basketball team. Unfortunately, since the BTN Plus feed was hot garbage (the video was choppy, and the audio was at least 30 seconds ahead of the video), I can’t really offer much of a half-by-half recap that you typically would be reading right now. It was a tight game for most of the first half, with Wagner leading at times, but PSU began to pull away a tad right before heading to the locker room, up 37-30.

The Lions would then use a 21-6 run in the second half to pull away and the rout was on, ultimately leading to a 91-64 beatdown. Myreon Jones, Lamar Stevens, Izaiah Brockington, and Jamari Wheeler would all finish with double digits in scoring to lead the way for the Nittany Lions. With both warmup games out of the way, PSU will now face their first test of the season against Georgetown next week as part of the Gavitt Games.

Four Factors Analysis

In a win as lopsided as today’s, it’s quite expected that the four factors would be heavily skewed in favor of PSU. The Lions utilized their size advantage to out-rebound and make more frequent trips to the free throw line, although they could’ve done a better job converting the FT’s, going only 20 of 33 (60.6%) as a team.

Random Observations

  • Fix. Your. Goddamn. Feed. BTN Plus. Hard to make any real observations when your video is choppy.
  • Izaiah Brockington brings some athleticism off the bench, as he demonstrated with his 12 points, which included a lovely reverse layup (at least the way the broadcasters described it).
  • I see you, Jamari Wheeler, and your jack-of-all trades performance. More of that, please!
  • I also see you, Seth Lundy, and your near double-double! There’s a reason fans were excited to see this guy in a blue and white uniform.

Up Next

Penn State (2-0) travels to our nation’s capital next Thursday to take on Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas, in what will be the first real test for either team. Georgetown is also 2-0, with wins over Mount St. Mary’s and Central Arkansas.