Penn State vs. Radford: Nittany Lions Move To 2-0 With 62-46 Win

Penn State is back in action after beating Hartford on Saturday.

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Penn State Basketball: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Radford Edition

A quick look back at the Nittany Lions' win against the Highlanders on Monday.


Penn State vs. Radford: Balanced Attack Leads Lions Over Highlanders

Many times last season, Penn State was lucky to get nine players into a game, let alone have nine register points, but Monday night against Radford, the Nittany Lions' continued their balanced early-season scoring attack as nine players scored in the team's 62-46 win against Radford.

Junior guard Tim Frazier stole the show with 20 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, but unlike last year's featured scorer, Talor Battle, Frazier didn't have to do it all himself. Freshman Trey Lewis added nine points and Billy Oliver and Jonathan Graham added seven and eight points respectively. Sasa Borovnjak, Billy Oliver, Matt Glover, Jermaine Marshall and Ross Travis all got in on the scoring as well.

Coach Patrick Chambers kept all nine players rotating throughout the evening, a stark departure from last season when former coach Ed DeChellis relied primarily on his starters for most of the game.

After the game, however, Radford coach Mike Jones still had a lot of praise for Frazier.

"He's fast as lighting," Jones said. "We wanted to get back in transition and wall him off. He did a good job of taking advantage of our post guys. He just went by those guys left and right."

Chambers said he wants to see even more from Frazier, especially in the leadership department. He joked that as an old point guard, he'll probably always expect more of Frazier.

Monday night also marked the return of sophomore guard Marshall to the Lions' lineup. He was suspended in the preseason by Chambers for violating team rules, and was forced to miss both Penn State's exhibition win against Slippery Rock and its season opener against Hartford on Saturday afternoon.

In limited minutes, Marshall scored four points.Chambers said Marshall had a good week of practice and has been doing better in the classroom, which led him to bring the Etters native back. Frazier was thrilled to have him out on the floor, too.

"It's great to have Jermaine back," Frazier said. "He came in right away and it felt like he didn't miss a step. He did everything that we wanted him to do."

The win was Penn State's second on the season and first in the Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament which will bring Long Island to the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday night and take the Lions to Connecticut this weekend, where they'll take on No. 2 ranked Kentucky and either Old Dominion or South Florida at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.


Penn State vs. Radford: Nittany Lions Take Big Lead

Billy Oliver hits a 3-pointer to open the second half. Law of averages was on his side after going 0-4 in the first half.Trey Lewis and Cammeron Woodyard follow him with triples, and all of a sudden, Penn State opens up a 38-22 advantage on the Highlanders.

Tim Frazier just passed Mike Walker for 15th all-time on Penn State's assist leaderboard, and he still has most of two years left. Record book under assault?

Game has really stagnated here in the middle of the second half. Neither team is really getting anything going.The seem content to trade buckets and stops. Radford is going to have to pick up the pace soon, though, if it's going to make a game of this.

Penn State has had a lot of trouble stepping on the sideline tonight. Matt Glover just got called for at least the Lions' third out of bounds infraction tonight. That's certainly not something they're going to want to keep up.

With 11:41 to play, Penn State leads Radford, 44-32


Penn State vs. Radford: Lions Take 29-20 Lead To Half

So far, Jareal Smith has been Radford's only threat offensively. He leads Highlander scorers with 11 of their points. If the Nittany Lions can do a better job on him, it looks like they'll be in good position to win in the second half.

Penn State is once again forcing the issue on defense. The Highlanders have racked up 11 turnovers already after the Lions forced Hartford into 26 on Saturday.

Tim Frazier is having a very Tim Frazier night so far with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists at the half. He can do it all.

Jermaine Marshall checks in with 2:09 left in the half. That marks his first action this year after being suspended by coach Pat Chambers during the preseason. He missed both the exhibition win against Slippery Rock and the season opener against Hartford. It'll be interesting to see what his role is here tonight.

There's the half. Penn State leads 29-20. Lions are shooting 39.3% and lead the rebounding margin 19-16. They're on pace to win this one comfortably.


Penn State vs. Radford: Jonathan Graham Leads Scoring

Jonathan Graham is already on the scoresheet with seven points after failing to score from the field in the opener against Hartford. He's coming off the bench tonight, once again as Pat Chambers' first forward off the bench.

Billy Oliver has been chucking from the perimeter here in the early going, but he has yet to hit. He's 0-4 thus far, but the 3-ball is part of his game, so expect him to keep shooting.

One thing we're not seeing a lot of tonight that we saw on Saturday and in Penn State's exhibition win against Slippery Rock is a large volume of offensive rebounds. Penn State has grabbed just four to this point in the game after racking up 14 against the Hawks on Saturday.

A 14-0 run has Penn State in command now, however. The Nittany Lions lead 19-11 with 7:26 to play in the first half. We'll see if they can keep the momentum going.


Penn State vs. Radford: Cammeron Woodyard Gets The Start

Good evening from the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park.

Senior guard Cammeron Woodyard is in Penn State's starting lineup against Radford this evening after scoring 14 points off the bench in the opener against Hartford. It's his fourth career start. Trey Lewis, Tim Frazier, Sasa Borovnjak and Billy Oliver join him in the starting lineup.

Coach Pat Chambers continues the frequent substitutions, as Jonathan Graham and Matt Glover have already checked in ahead of the first media timeout. Clearly, Chambers is still trying to get a feel for this squad as it prepares to take on No. 2 Kentucky in Connecticut this weekend.

According to sports information director Brian Siegrist, Penn State players are wearing blue sneakers to honor victims of child abuse.

Radford has jumped out to a bit of an early lead here after a pair of triples from Jareal Smith. With 15:54 to play in the first half, the Highlanders lead 6-3.


Penn State vs. Radford: Nittany Lions Look To Improve To 2-0

Coach Pat Chambers and Penn State will look to move to 2-0 on the season Monday night when Radford visits Happy Valley for a 7:00 p.m. matchup at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game is Penn State's first in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament, which will conclude in Connecticut this weekend.

The Nittany Lions defeated Hartford 70-55 on Saturday afternoon in their season debut thanks to 17 points from true freshman Trey Lewis, 16 points from junior point guard Tim Frazier and 14 points from senior guard Cammeron Woodyard off the bench. The team will look to keep that momentum going in its first-ever meeting with the Highlanders. Here are some keys to the game.

When Penn State Has The Ball

-If Lewis and Woodyard can continue to establish themselves as a secondary threats in the back court for Penn State, that will do a lot to take pressure off Frazier moving forward. Frazier is by far the team's most established scoring threat, and defenses will likely be keying on him a lot in the early going, but if Lewis and Woodyard can continue the success they had in the opener, it'll really open up the floor for Frazier to do serious damage.

-Penn State dominated the offensive glass against Hartford, 14-5, a development that led to a lot of extra possessions and more scoring. Maintaining that kind of margin will be difficult, but for a team still trying to find its offensive identity, anything that leads to more opportunities is welcomed.

-Guards dominated the score sheet for the Lions against Hartford, so you can bet the front court will be looking to even things out a little bit in this one. Keep and eye on Jonathan Graham, Sasa Borovnjak and Billy Oliver to see if they can get more involved.

When Radford Has The Ball

-Penn State forced 26 turnovers against Hartford, the most it has forced at the BJC since 2005. Like offensive rebounds, forced turnovers offer extra possessions, and for this offense, those opportunities are precious for its growth. We'll see if the Lions can maintain that intensity on defense.

-Forward Jonathan Edwards is Radford's leading scorer here in the early game, averaging 13.0 points per game. While the Highlanders have some dangerous guards in Jareal Smith and R.J. Price, both averaging double figures, if the Lions' front court can shut down Edwards, Penn State should be in a good position to win.


Sasa Borovnjak Returns For Penn State

The Nittany Lions welcome back the sophomore power forward after his knee injury suffered last season.

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