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.
After going scoreless in the Lions' last game, Garner needed to make an impact in the Nittany Lion offensive attack.
Garner showed his resiliency.
By the way of second chance points, the Grizzlies battled the Nittany Lions and kept the game close deep into the second-half.
Only leading by three points with 3:21 left in the game, the senior from Chester drilled a 3-pointer on two straight possessions to stretch the Nittany Lion lead to nine.
Garner finished the game with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Along with its guard play, the Nittany Lions got an all-around solid performance from the redshirt sophomore, Mike Watkins.
The 2016 Big Ten leader in blocks, he finished the night with four blocks to go along with six rebounds and eight points.
Watkins brings something to the Nittany Lion post game that has been voided in years past, consistency at the five-position.
As for the Carr injury, head coach Pat Chambers believes it is a day-to-day issue.
“We faced a lot of adversity tonight, and good teams find a way to win,” he said.
The Nittany Lions will return to action on Friday, Nov. 17, playing host to Columbia.