Frazier lifts Penn State over Wagner

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) – Most of his team’s goals realized, Penn State coach Patrick Chambers was content to take Saturday’s 74-62 victory over Wagner for what it was – a season-opening win.

What it wasn’t was a solid shooting display from the field or free throw line, but Chambers got a more than satisfactory day from a backcourt that he knows will be the Nittany Lions’ key to success this season.

Tim Frazier scored 25 points and D.J. Newbill added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Penn State past Wagner 74-62 on Saturday.

Frazier also pulled down 10 rebounds in a successful return from an Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for all but four games last season.

Frazier admitted to pregame jitters and it showed with just seven first-half points. But as his scoring pace quickened in the second half with 18, Penn State took control over a Wagner team that was named the preseason favorite in the Northeast Conference.

“I had so many jitters running through my veins,” Frazier said.

Frazier said Newbill helped calm him down. Chambers did as well.

“It was just him and I before we ran out and it was a nice moment together,” Chambers said about Frazier’s comeback. “He’s worked so hard to get to this point and you can understand he was jacked up in the first 20 minutes, but he settled things down in the second, which was good.”