Nittany Lions dominate Pitt

NEW YORK — Tony Carr scored 16 points to lead six Penn State players in double figures and the Nittany Lions beat Pittsburgh, 85-54, on Monday night in the second game of the Progressive Legends Classic.

Mike Watkins and Shep Garner had 13 apiece, while Lamar Stevens, Josh Reaves and Nazeer Bostick each scored 10 for Penn State (5-0).

Jared Wilson-Frame led the Pitt (1-3) with 17 points.

Despite the lopsided nature of the game, it was neither the biggest win in Penn State history nor was it the worst loss ever for Pittsburgh. The Nittany Lions’ largest margin of victory was 74, in an 86-12 win over Susquehanna on Jan. 25, 1919, while Pittsburgh dropped a program-worst 106-13 decision to Westminster on Feb. 24, 1906.

Penn State’s largest margin of victory against Pittsburgh was 84-44 on Jan. 14, 1967.

Garner’s opened the game with a 3-point jumper and Nittany Lions never trailed. Carr knocked down a straightaway 3 to make it 47-21 at the break. Bostick threw down a breakaway one-handed jam and Garner drilled another 3 to push the lead to 63-29.

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PENN STATE: It may be a fun winter in Happy Valley, and not just because of the nationally ranked football team. Penn State has returned 80.8 percent of its scoring, 87.8 percent of its rebounding and 81.8 percent of its assists from last season.

PITT: By comparison, it is likely a good thing Pittsburgh has the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins and the possible Super Bowl contender Steelers, because it may be a long season for Panthers fans. Pitt’s roster has players who combined for three starts and 648 minutes in 2016-17.

Notable

PENN STATE: Penn State improved to 76-72 all-time against Pitt. The Nittany Lions snapped a seven-game losing streak to their in-state rivals.

PITT: Jared Wilson-Frame’s 17 points marked the third straight game he finished in double figure scoring.

IN ATTENDANCE: Stephen Curry arrived midway through the second half of the game. The Golden State Warriors star saw Penn State outscore Pittsburgh, 31-25.

Up next:

PENN STATE: Will play No. 16 Texas A&M in the championship game today.

PITT: Will play Oklahoma State in the consolation game today.

PENN ST. (5-0): Stevens 4-8 2-2 10, Watkins 4-4 1-3 9, Reaves 3-6 0-0 7, Garner 6-10 0-0 16, T.Carr 6-7 0-0 16, Zemgulis 0-0 0-0 0, Pierce 0-0 0-2 0, Harrar 0-0 0-1 0, Buttrick 1-1 0-2 2, Moore 2-2 1-1 5, Bostick 4-5 2-4 10, Wheeler 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 34-49 7-17 85.

PITTSBURGH (1-3): Luther 2-7 0-0 6, Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Davis 0-0 0-1 0, Milligan 3-5 1-2 8, Wilson-Frame 6-17 0-0 17, George 0-0 1-1 1, Chukwuka 0-0 0-0 0, Ilegomah 0-0 2-2 2, Boykins 1-2 1-2 4, M.Carr 3-6 0-0 7, Stewart 0-3 0-0 0, Ellison 0-0 2-3 2, Stevenson 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 18-46 7-11 54.

Halftime–Penn St. 47-21. 3-Point Goals–Penn St. 10-19 (T.Carr 4-4, Garner 4-8, Reaves 1-2, Wheeler 0-1, Stevens 0-2), Pittsburgh 11-26 (Wilson-Frame 5-10, Luther 2-5, Stevenson 1-1, Boykins 1-2, Milligan 1-2, M.Carr 1-3, Stewart 0-2). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Penn St. 20 (Watkins, T.Carr 5), Pittsburgh 16 (Luther 5). Assists–Penn St. 7 (Wheeler, T.Carr 2), Pittsburgh 7 (Stevenson, Milligan 2). Total Fouls–Penn St. 10, Pittsburgh 13.

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