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Pick a weekend to check out PSU basketball

UNIVERSITY PARK – Love basketball? You are not alone.

The Penn State men’s and women’s teams are off and running as the 2017-18 season has begun. Both squads are enjoying success in the early going.

If you are trying to plan a weekend trip to Happy Valley to see the teams in action, there are some nice games ahead on both schedules.

Although it’s rare, there are a few weekends where you can catch both teams in action – so start planning now! Here they are:

Dec. 30-31

What a way to ring in the New Year!

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UNIVERSITY PARK – Feeling down because football season is almost over? Don’t fret, basketball season is just starting to heat up.

Both the Nittany Lions and Lady Lions are off to undefeated starts. The Nittany Lions drubbed cross-state rival Pitt, 85-54, in the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center on Monday night. They will face a stiff test tonight against No. 16 Texas A&M at 6 p.m.

Let’s take a look at some of the must-see games for each team this winter. There’s quite a bit to choose from!

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Nittany Lion basketball squad remains undefeated

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Despite missing  its starters Tony Carr and Josh Reaves to injury, Penn State defeated Columbia, 79-65, Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. 

Penn State men's hoop squad holds off Montana

UNIVERSITY PARK — Behind the performances of Lamar Stevens and Shep Garner in the second-half, Penn State defeated Montana, 70-57, Wednesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Despite losing its leading scorer in Tony Carr to an injury at the beginning of the second-half, the Nittany Lions were propelled by the 3-point ball and held off the Grizzlies. 

Lamar Stevens lead the Nittany Lions in both scoring with 25 points, and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the victory.

“Everybody stepped up to get the win,” Stevens said during the postgame press conference.

Carr helps Nittany Lions earn season-opening win

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Tony Carr set a new carer-high in scoring with 33 points in Friday night's 86-75 win over the Campbell Fighting Camels.

Despite cutting the once 17-point lead to five points with one minute remaining, the Fighting Camels were unsuccessful in keeping up with the Nittany Lions.

Carr, who said he needed to develop a “scoring mentality” in the second half after Lamar Stevens fouled out, did just that.

“I just tried to make the best plays for my team, whether that is shooting or passing, or diving on the floor,” Carr said.

PSU point guard uses Nike Skills Academy to prep for upcoming season

UNIVERSITY PARK – Big Ten All-Freshman team select Tony Carr will look to build on a record-breaking first year at Penn State.

Carr, the team’s starting point guard, was the Nittany Lions’ leader in points (13.2) and assists (4.2) over the course of his 2016-17 freshman campaign.

His accolades during his freshman season earned him a trip to the 2017 Nike Skills Academy in Los Angeles this past summer.

The Nike Skills Academy consists of the top 20 collegiate basketball players from America. 

Winter Sports Heat Up

Penn State is synonymous with football, but there are only so many games left to be played. But rest assured, there's still plenty to follow in the sports department once Beaver Stadium locks its gates until the spring. 

 

Basketball

Penn State Tops the Charts in Student-Athlete Graduation Rates

As the Nittany Lions continue to excel at their different sports, the student-athletes that make up each program's team are going above and beyond in the classroom. 

Nittany Lion hoops squad ready to amplify offense

Eighty.

That’s the magic number for the Penn State men’s basketball team this season. More specifically, that’s the number of points the team wants to score every game. That was one of the many messages that head coach Patrick Chambers stressed during media day before the season.

The Alma Mater, Basketball Style

The Nittany Lion hoops squad sang the alma mater and thanked the student section for its support after downing Lock Haven 91-65 inits season-opening exhibition game.

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