Stevens leads Lions to rout

The Associated Press

CANCUN, Mexico — Lamar Stevens equaled his season high with 25 points and Penn State defeated Wright State 77-59 on Tuesday night to advance to the championship game of the Cancun Challenge’s Riviera bracket.

The Nittany Lions (3-1) will play Bradley tonight while the Raiders take on SMU for third place.

Stevens was 10 of 15 from the floor and has reached 20 points in all four games this season. He scored 11 points in the first half with Myles Dread and Josh Reaves adding 10 each when Penn State took a 45-28 lead after opening the game on a 12-3 run. Dread finished with 13 points and Reaves had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nittany Lions shot 58 percent from the field and made 9 of 17 from the arc. Bill Wampler scored 17 points and Loudon Love added 14 with 10 rebounds for the Raiders (3-2).

Bradley tops SMU

Sophomore Elijah Childs led four Braves in double figures with career-best totals of 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bradley men’s basketball team to a 75-62 victory against Southern Methodist University.

BU advances to the Cancun Challenge Championship against the Lions and improves to 4-1 with the win, while the Mustangs drop to 2-3.

Childs connected on 9-of-13 field goals – including a pair of 3-pointers – to register his first double-double of the season. The sophomore forward also added two blocks and one steal on the defensive end as Bradley held SMU to its lowest point total of the season.

Junior Koch Bar added 15 points – making all four of his field goals and connecting on 7-of-9 free throws – while juniors Darrell Brown and Nate Kennell added 14 and 12, respectively.

PENN STATE 77, WRIGHT STATE 59

WRIGHT ST. (3-2): Wampler 5-10 5-7 17, Ernsthausen 0-2 0-0 0, Love 7-11 0-1 14, Gentry 5-15 0-0 11, Hughes 2-5 5-6 11, Giles 0-0 0-0 0, Manns 1-2 0-0 3, Potter 0-6 0-0 0, Vest 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 21-53 11-16 59.

PENN ST. (3-1): Harrar 1-2 1-2 3, Stevens 10-15 4-4 25, Wheeler 4-5 2-4 12, Dread 5-8 1-2 13, Reaves 5-7 0-0 12, Zemgulis 1-2 0-0 2, Buttrick 1-1 0-0 3, Kasatkin 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 1-4 0-0 3, Bolton 1-6 2-2 4. Totals 29-50 10-14 77.

Halftime–Penn St. 45-28. 3-Point Goals–Wright St. 6-22 (Hughes 2-4, Wampler 2-4, Manns 1-2, Gentry 1-6, Vest 0-1, Ernsthausen 0-1, Potter 0-4), Penn St. 9-17 (Wheeler 2-3, Dread 2-3, Reaves 2-3, Buttrick 1-1, Stevens 1-2, Jones 1-3, Zemgulis 0-1, Bolton 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Wright St. 22 (Love 10), Penn St. 28 (Reaves 9). Assists–Wright St. 8 (Hughes 3), Penn St. 12 (Wheeler, Dread, Reaves 3). Total Fouls–Wright St. 16, Penn St. 22.

BRADLEY 75, SOUTHERN METHODIST 62

BRADLEY (4-1): Childs 9-13 1-4 21, Bar 4-4 7-9 15, Lautier-Ogunleye 2-6 4-5 8, Kennell 4-9 4-4 12, Brown 5-12 1-2 14, van Bree 0-1 0-0 0, Pittman 0-2 0-0 0, Hodgson 0-0 0-0 0, Brummett 0-0 0-0 0, Henry 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 26-51 18-26 75.

SMU (2-3): Chargois 3-8 3-4 9, Mike 4-5 2-2 11, McMurray 5-13 5-6 19, Dixon 2-6 0-0 6, Whitt 4-11 4-6 12, Hunt 1-5 3-4 5, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Douglas 0-2 0-0 0, White 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-52 17-22 62.

Halftime–Bradley 30-28. 3-Point Goals–Bradley 5-18 (Brown 3-5, Childs 2-4, Henry 0-1, Pittman 0-1, van Bree 0-1, Lautier-Ogunleye 0-2, Kennell 0-4), SMU 7-24 (McMurray 4-10, Dixon 2-5, Mike 1-1, Whitt 0-1, Douglas 0-2, White 0-2, Chargois 0-3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Bradley 30 (Childs 12), SMU 27 (Whitt 13). Assists–Bradley 9 (Kennell 3), SMU 6 (Mike 2). Total Fouls–Bradley 16, SMU 23. Technicals–Bradley coach Brian Wardle, McMurray.

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