Penn State's first half enough to hold off Penn

Penn State's Tim Frazier soars for two of his 29 points ina dominant performancee.
Penn State's Tim Frazier soars for two of his 29 points ina dominant performancee. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff)
Posted: November 18, 2013

The baskets came easily and with great frequency for Penn State during the first half, and by the time Penn righted itself it was too late for the Quakers to dig out from a 25-point deficit as they went down to a 83-71 defeat against the Nittany Lions on Saturday afternoon at the Palestra.

Penn (1-2) had no answer for Penn State guard Tim Frazier, a fifth-year senior who did pretty much whatever he wanted, when he wanted. Frazier scored 29 points and showed his teammates what they so sorely missed last season, when his year ended after four games with a torn Achilles tendon. D.J. Newbill, a junior from Strawberry Mansion, added 19.

"He dominated the game," Penn coach Jerome Allen said of Frazier, who had seven assists. "It was played at his pace. He got guys open shots. We struggled to defend him."

The outcome was pretty much decided in the first 20 minutes, when Penn State shot 59.4 percent and made six three-pointers to build a 47-24 halftime lead. Penn managed to make the Nittany Lions (2-1) a bit uneasy when 6-foot-11 sophomore Darien Nelson-Henry (21 points) led a rally that pulled the Quakers within 59-47 midway through the second half, but Frazier got Penn State back in control, and Penn never came closer than 12 points.

"I think Penn brings the best out in us," Penn State coach Pat Chambers said. "We hit shots early, and I think that was the difference."

Allen saw it the same way, and he was disappointed in the play of his Quakers on defense.

"We talk all the time about 'The days when you struggle to score, how will you still have an opportunity to win?' We still have to defend," Allen said. "And I don't think we did a good job of that."

The game marked a homecoming for Chambers, who starred at both Episcopal Academy and Philadelphia University before spending five seasons on coach Jay Wright's staff at Villanova.

This past week, Penn State signed Shep Garner, a 6-foot-2 guard from Roman Catholic, to a national letter of intent.

"He's a tough, nasty winner from a great program," Chambers said of Garner.

The signing was the latest example of Chambers' ties to the Philadelphia region.

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