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Lions lose physical game to NC State

November 16, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico - T.J. Warren had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 6 North Carolina State to a 72-55 win over Penn State in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday.

C.J. Leslie had 14 points and Rodney Purvis added 12 points for the Wolfpack (2-0). Purvis was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and N.C. State shot 8 for 16 from beyond the arc.

"It was a good, physical game," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "It's good for us to play a strong, physical team that will challenge us around the basket and Penn State did that. Defensively, at times, we were very good. And, at times, we were disinterested defensively."

Tim Frazier led the Nittany Lions (1-1) with 23 points. D.J. Newbill had 13 points and Jermaine Marshall added 11 points for Penn State, which shot 3 for 19 on 3-pointers.

"They put the ball in Frazier's hands so much," Gottfried said. "When he penetrated and pitched it to somebody else, for the most part we got a hand up and covered the shooters pretty good, and they had a lot of tough shots."

Leading 37-30 early in the second half, N.C. State went on a 10-0 run to put the game away. Leslie had five points in the run and also assisted on Richard Howell's 3-point play.

Fact Box

Penn State men vs. Providence

Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m., Coliseo Rubin Rodriquez, Bayamon, P.R.

Records: Penn State (1-1); Providence (2-1)

Coaches: Pat Chambers is 13-21 in his second season at Penn State and 55-49 in his fourth season overall. Ed Colley is 17-18 in is second season at Providence and 109-87 in seven seasons overall.

TV: ESPN3

Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM

Probable starters: Penn State - G Tim Frazier, 6-1 Sr. (23.0), G D.J. Newbill, 6-4 So. (14.5), G Jermaine Marshall, 6-4 Jr. (10.0), F Ross Travis, 6-6 So. (6.0), F Jon Graham, 6-8 So. (3.0). Providence - G Josh Fortune, 6-5 Fr. (7.0), G Bryan Cotton, 6-1 Jr. (22.7), F Kadeem Batts, 6-9 Jr. (18.7), F Lee Goldsbrough, 6-9 Jr. (1.3), F LaDontae Henton, 6-6 So. (17.7).

Notes: Penn State's awful 3-point shooting continued in an opening-round loss to N.C. State. The Lions were 3 of 19 from the arc in the game and are now 6 of 43 (13.9 percent) on the season. ... PSU's starting frontcourt of Jon Graham and Ross Travis shot a combined 2 of 13 from the floor in the 72-55 loss to the Wolfpack. ... The Friars, who dropped a 77-75 heartbreaker to UMass in round one, are playing without starting point guard Vincent Council (leg injury in a season-opening win over NJIT). They now have only six scholarship players. ... Penn State won the last meeting between the two teams, besting Providence 69-59 in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament in New Orleans.

Mirror prediction: Penn State 67, Providence 63

Comment: Four of the Friars' five starters played more than 37 minutes Thursday, so you have to believe they'll be gassed. And sooner or later, the triples are going to fall for PSU.

Mirror prediction record: 2-0

Warren had five points in the Wolfpack's 10-2 run early in the first half.

"T.J. and Rodney gave us a great scoring lift when we needed it in the first half," Gottfried said.

N.C. State will face Providence or Massachusetts in a second-round game on Friday.

"I think we will be all right by January. I really do. I like my team," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "That's the goal of the nonconference, play teams like this, prepare yourself to play in the Big Ten."

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (2-0)

Purvis 4-7 1-3 12, Howell 4-6 1-2 9, Brown 1-10 5-6 7, Leslie 5-8 4-6 14, Wood 3-6 0-0 8, T. Lewis 0-2 0-0 0, de Thaey 0-1 0-0 0, Vandenberg 0-0 0-0 0, Warren 9-12 1-1 22. Totals 26-52 12-18 72.

PENN STATE (1-1)

Newbill 6-12 0-1 13, Marshall 4-12 2-3 11, Frazier 6-20 10-11 23, Graham 1-5 2-2 4, Travis 1-8 0-0 2, Jack 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 1-3 0-0 2, Colella 0-0 0-0 0, Borovnjak 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-60 14-17 55.

Halftime-NC State 35-26. 3-Point Goals-NC State 8-16 (Purvis 3-3, Warren 3-4, Wood 2-4, de Thaey 0-1, T. Lewis 0-1, Brown 0-3), Penn St. 3-19 (Newbill 1-3, Frazier 1-5, Marshall 1-7, Taylor 0-2, Travis 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-NC State 36 (Warren 8), Penn St. 36 (Graham 10). Assists-NC State 12 (Brown 4), Penn St. 4 (Frazier 2). Total Fouls-NC State 17, Penn St. 18.

 
 

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