Men’s Basketball Shows Early Talent in Exhibition Game

Men’s Basketball Shows Early Talent in Exhibition Game

Penn State Men’s Basketball showed promise in its exhibition game against Lock Haven University this past Friday evening, defeating the Bald Eagles 91-65.

Nearly all players got a chance to get a feel for the court as five players notched double figures and all 10 scholarship players notched at least a point each.

Standouts Mike Watkins (Philadelphia, Pa.), Tony Carr (Philadelphia, Pa.), and Josh Reaves (Fairfax, Va.) all scored 15 points. Watkins also contributed nine rebounds.

Lamar Stevens (Jenkintown, Pa.), a freshman, contributed 14 points and recorded a game-high 12 rebounds.

Returner Shep Garner (Chester, Pa.) turned things up a notch in the second half, scoring 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

It was clear that Penn State was the dominant team early on, as they were already in a double-digit lead by the ten minute mark. By the end of the half Lock Haven had made up some of those points, but the Nittany Lions were still in the lead by nine.

In the second half, Penn State turned up the heat on the Bald Eagles as Garner started off the half with a 3-pointer. In just 20 minutes, Penn State had scored 54 points, crushing Lock Haven’s hopes of making a comeback.

Penn State proved to be victorious, trouncing Lock Haven, 91-65.

Big playmakers of the evening included redshirt freshman Watkins and freshman Carr. Each played at least 20 minutes of the game and made a big difference while out on the court.

Head Coach Patrick Chambers praised him team for its early success after the game.

“It couldn’t have been any better,” said Chambers. “It’s great to get the young in front of their families, under the lights, in the uniform for the first time.”

Sophomore guard Reaves is confident that his team will continue to work hard and perfect the basics in order to be successful this season.

“It is said every day to us in practice that we play for each other,” said Reaves. “So at the end of the day we are going to go out there and execute, play hard, defend, and rebound… we just focus getting better each play and each possession.”

Penn State plays its first games of the season next weekend at home in the Bryce Jordan Center. On Friday, the Lions will take on Albany at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Duquesne at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!