On the strength of another career high point total from Tim Frazier, Penn State came back from a six-point second half deficit to take down South Florida 53-49 on Sunday to take third place at the Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament in Uncasville, Conn.
Frazier finished with 27 points, most of those coming in the second half, to lead the Nittany Lions to victory. Jermaine Marshall chipped in 14 and Trey Lewis added five. Penn State scored 36 points in the second half after notching just 17 in the first and bumped its shooting percentage from 25% to 41% by the end of the game.
Penn State trailed by as many as six points with under 10 minutes remaining in the contest. A couple of layups from Frazier and a 3-pointer by Billy Oliver with about 2:30 remaining in the game were enough to stake Penn State to a lead it would not relinquish.
After a 85-47 loss against Kentucky on Saturday, Penn State ensured a split in its weekend trip to Mohegan Sun Arena and now sits at 4-1 on the young season ahead of a matchup with Youngstown State on Wednesday night back at the Bryce Jordan Center.