Penn State improved to 2-0 on the season Monday night with a 62-46 win against Radford at the Bryce Jordan Center. Today, we take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the Nittany Lions' effort as they prepare to host Long Island on Wednesday night.
-Tim Frazier finished just shy of a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and six rebounds on the evening. He continues to show strong signs that he can be the focal point of this offense, which should give his younger teammates some room to grow here in the early going.
-Jonathan Graham bounced back from a shaky performance against Hartford on Saturday with seven points and four rebounds.
-Nine different players scored for Penn State in the game, something that would have been unheard of most of last season. This offers hope that even though the team might not have a prolific scorer like the departed Talor Battle, it can still put points on the board by sharing the burden amongst a deeper rotation than the one that took the Lions to the NCAA Tournament in the spring.
-Penn State pulled down 15 offensive rebounds after grabbing 14 against Harford. Those extra opportunities really helped the Lions put the Highlanders in the first half and keep them in the rear view for most of the night. If they can keep that kind of hustle going in their offensive end, it'll pay dividends down the road.
-Trey Lewis kept his strong start to the season going with nine points and three rebounds. Can he be Robin to Frazier's Batman in the backcourt?
-The Lions were just 7-for-25 from the perimeter, and after the game, that's something coach Pat Chambers bemoaned, saying the Lions took too many three balls and didn't get to the foul line enough. Penn State needs to work on getting to the basket more on Wednesday ahead of its matchup against No. 2 Kentucky this weekend, as shooting from the perimeter likely won't be enough to take down the mighty Wildcats.
-Sasa Borovnjak had a quiet night with just two points and three rebounds and managed just 14 minutes. It certainly doesn't look like he's far enough along in his recovery from knee surgery last year to be a big contributor quite yet.
-All but one of Billy Oliver's shots were 3-point attempts, and he finished 2-for-10 from beyond the arc. Oliver needs to work on getting to the basket more and not settling for the deep jumpers. Unlike most big men, Oliver can certainly bury the long balls now and again, but the ratio of outside shots to inside shots was all out of whack Monday night. He needs to establish himself as a threat inside a little bit more to free up the guards a little bit more.
-Jermaine Marshall's suspension for a violation of team rules finally came to an end, but it's clear he's not quite back to game speed yet. After a couple of breakout performances last season, expectations were high for the sophomore entering this season, and he hasn't quite delivered so far as many had hoped. Let's see if he can put this ugly start behind him.
-The new Bryce Jordan Center scoreboard malfunctioned in the first half, which is exactly the type of thing the powers at Penn State Athletics were tying to prevent when they dropped millions on it in the offseason. Time to get that problem figured out.