Hoops du Jour

North Florida at PSU men

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State (0-0); North Florida (0-0)

Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 113-122 entering his eighth season at Penn State and 155-150 overall. Matthew Driscoll is 147-151 entering his 11th season at North Florida and overall.

Radio: WAYCE-AM (1600)

Notes: Penn State will raise its NIT championship banner before the start of tonight’s game. After just missing the NCAA tournament, the Lions cruised through the NIT bracket to mark a respectable end to their 2018 campaign. … Freshman Myles Dread scored 23 points in the exhibition game against West Virginia. … Lamar Stevens is the leader of the team with Tony Carr leaving early to go to the draft. … The Lions are expected to be without big man Mike Watkins, who has had legal problems heading into the season. … The Lions have won 12 of their last 13 season-openers.

Mirror prediction: Penn State 83, North Florida 62

Comment: Penn State looked good against West Virginia in its exhibition game. Expect the Lions to use their season-opener as a confidence booster and score at will.

Mirror prediction record: 0-0

— Paddy Cotter

VMI at Pittsburgh

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Petersen Events Center

Records: VMI (1-0); Pittsburgh (1-0)

Coaches: Dan Earl is 25-66 in his fourth season as the VMI coach. Jeff Capel is 1-0 in his first year at Pittsburgh and is 163-110 in his 10th season overall as a head coach.

TV: ACC Network Extra

Notes: VMI coach Dan Earl is a 1997 Penn State graduate and was a precise long-range shooter in his time with the Nittany Lions. He later served as an assistant under Ed DeChellis. … Pitt scored 27 fast-break points against Youngstown State, the most the Panthers have scored in a game in any of the past three seasons. … Pitt had four players score in double figures in the opener (Trey McGowens, Xavier Johnson, Malik Ellison, Au’Diese Toney) and none of them played a minute for Pitt last season. … Jared Wilson-Frame, the team’s returning leading scorer, sat out of the opener because of a violation of team rules.

Mirror prediction: Pittsburgh 82, VMI 70

Comment: Youngstown State players came in to the Petersen Events Center believing they could win despite going 8-24 last year. It will take some time to restore any kind of intimidation factor for incoming opponents.

Mirror prediction record: 1-0

— Michael Boytim

Morgan State at SFU men

Tipoff: 7 p.m., DeGol Arena

Records: Saint Francis (0-1); Morgan State (0-1)

Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 79-109 entering his seventh season at Saint Francis and overall. Todd Bozeman is 186-198 in his 13th season at Morgan State and 249-233 in 17 seasons overall.

Radio: Online at sfuathletics.com

Notes: This the Red Flash’s home opener after suffering an 82-67 loss Tuesday in the season opener at Buffalo. … Morgan State lost its opener at Villanova, 100-77. … Krimmel hopes to have guards Andre Wolford and Isaiah Blackmon back tonight after they both missed the opener. … Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman once was the coach at Cal from 1992-96. He was caught up in a scandal for improper benefits and received an eight-year show-cause order from the NCAA. He returned to college coaching in 2006 at Morgan State and has been there ever since. … ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Saint Francis a 90 percent chance of winning. … After this, SFU’s next three games are at UCLA, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Mirror prediction: Saint Francis 81, Morgan State 71

Comment: This should be a fun, high-scoring game and a good chance for the Flash to get their first win.

Mirror prediction record: 1-0

— Cory Giger

Breen’s free throws save Lady Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK — Trailing 63-51 going into the fourth quarter, the Penn State women’s basketball team stormed back with a 23-9 showing and a 74-72 win over Providence in the season opener Thursday night for both teams at the Jordan Center.

Penn State won it when sophomore Sam Breen hit two foul shots with one second left in the game. The Friars did convert a buzzer-beater, but the basket was later reversed upon further review by game officials.

Amari Carter was one of five Lady Lion players who finished in double figures. She totaled 15. Tenijay Page and Alisia Smith each added 13 points in a game Penn State trailed, 30-21, after one quarter. Kamaria McDaniel came off the bench to score 12 while Siyeh Frazier added 10.

Providence, which led, 40-36, at halftime, got 18 points from Jovana Nogic, 15 off the bench from Kaela Webb and 10 each from Maddie Jolin and Chanell Williams.

The Lady Lions welcome Pac-12 California on Sunday at 2 p.m.

PROVIDENCE (72): Nogic 7-17 0-0 18, Jolin 4-11 1-2 10, Williams 3-10 4-4 10, Orlando 1-1 0-2 2, Baskerville 1-3 0-0 2, Webb 6-11 1-2 15, Geary 3-3 0-0 7, Cooper 3-5 0-2 6, Spiwak 1-3 0-0 2. Totals — 29-64 6-12 72.

PENN STATE (74): Carter 6-13 0-0 15, Page 4-12 4-7 13, Smith 4-6 5-6 13, Frazier 5-10 0-0 10, Ebo 0-2 0-0 0, McDaniel 4-8 4-4 12, 3-6 2-2 9, Breen 3-6 2-2 9, Wallace 1-2 0-0 2, Ortiz 0-3 0-0 0. Totals — 27-62 15-19 74.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Providence 30 10 23 9 — 72

Penn State 21 15 15 23 — 74

3-point goals: PR 8-23 (Nogic 4-9, Jolin 1-5, Williams 0-2, Webb 2-4, Geary 1-1, Spiwak 0-2); PSU 5-15 (Carter 3-6, Page 1-3, McDaniel 0-2, Breen 1-3, Ortiz 0-1). Rebounds: PR 28 (Orlando 6). PSU 46 (Smith, Breen 7). Attendance: 2,115.

Records: Penn State (1-0), Providence (0-1).

Red Flash women lose by 58

WACO, Texas — Kalani Brown scored 23 points, freshman NaLyssa Smith had her first double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 4 Baylor trailed briefly in the middle of the first quarter before rolling to a 116-58 victory over Saint Francis Thursday night.

Chloe Jackson had 15 points, six assists and four steals for the Lady Bears (2-0), who won a second straight game against an overmatched opponent that reached the NCAA Tournament last season before losing to a No. 1 seed.

Jess Kovatch scored 14 points for the Red Flash (0-2), whose 12th NCAA appearance ended in the first round against UConn last season. Nicholls State, which lost to Baylor 100-39 in the opener, fell to top-seeded Mississippi State.

Baylor finished the first quarter on a 25-0 run after Saint Francis took a 9-7 lead by making three straight 3-pointers. The Red Flash then shot 11 in a row from long range, missing them all.

Saint Francis shot 28 percent, with 17 of their 20 field goals and 57 of their 71 shots coming from behind the arc.

Brown, the 6-foot-7 preseason All-America, was 11 of 14 from the field to help the Lady Bears shoot 66 percent. She scored 10 points in the third quarter, which included an 18-0 Baylor run.

Juicy Landrum, who scored five points, led Baylor with 11 rebounds and seven assists. Baylor outrebounded Saint Francis 62-23.

Kovatch, who set an NCAA record with 141 3-pointers last season and was the nation’s second-leading scorer at 24.1 points per game, was 5 of 15 from behind the arc.

St. Francis is at Liberty on Saturday.

SAINT FRANCIS (58): Kovatch 5-16 0-0 15, Zezza 5-9 0-0 14, Williams 3-12 0-0 9, Sabino 1-2 0-0 3, Swogger 1-9 0-0 3, Allen 2-5 0-0 5, Morrow 1-4 1-2 3, Mastellone 1-5 0-0 3, Timbers 1-3 0-0 3, Thomas 0-4 0-0 0, Dapaa 0-1 0-0 0, Pollard 0-1 0-0 0. Totals — 20-71 1-2 58.

BAYLOR (116): Brown 11-14 1-2 23, Jackson 7-7 3-4 17, Cox 4-6 1-3 9, Richards 3-8 0-1 6, Landrum 2-4 1-1 5, Smith 8-14 4-7 21, Egbo 6 2-5 14, Bickle 4-5 1-4 9, Ursin 4-5 0-0 8, Scott-Grayson 0-2 2-2 2, Oliver 1-5 0-0 2. Totals — 50-76 15-29 116.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Saint Francis 9 17 11 21 — 58

Baylor 32 26 33 25 — 116

3-point goals: SFU 17-57 (Kovatch 5-15, Zezza 4-8, Williams 3-10, Sabino 1-2, Swogger 1-8, Allen 1-1, Morrow 0-1, Mastellone 1-5, Timbers 1-2, Thomas 0-3, Dapaa 0-1, Pollard 0-1). BU 1-4 (Smith 1-2, Ursin 0-1, Scott-Grayson 0-1). Rebounds: SFU 23 (Morrow 5), BU 62 (Landrum 11. Attendance: 4,258

Records: Saint Francis (0-2), Baylor (2-0)

From Mirror, wire reports

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