Carr leads PSU rout of Coppin St.
UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) — Pat Chambers wasn’t going to let himself or his players be deceived by Coppin State’s winless record.
Penn State’s coach had seen the Eagles keep within striking distance for much of their game against UConn and watched as they pushed Georgia Tech for 30 minutes more recently.
Penn State’s most recent loss at the buzzer to Rider was fresh in Chambers’ mind, too. His players had purposefully wiped it from theirs.
“Once I left the (Bryce Jordan Center), that game was over,” Penn State guard Tony Carr said. “I went home, spent time with my family and basketball was the last thing on my mind.”
The mental reset appears to have worked.
Carr scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half and Penn State routed Coppin State 88-43 on Saturday.
Josh Reaves scored 12 points with seven assists and Mike Watkins and Lamar Stevens chipped in 11 points apiece for the Nittany Lions (11-4).
“I feel like it was the first time we played 40 minutes,” Chambers said. “They were not pleased, they were not happy, and I think that’s what you saw today because that team just gave Georgia Tech everything it could handle. That team gave UConn all it could handle. We were ready to compete.”
It was on from the opening tip.
Watkins won the ball back to Carr who flipped it to Miller for a dunk just three seconds in. Penn State led the rest of the way.
It got better for Penn State in the second half. The Nittany Lions, who led 43-23 at halftime, opened with four-straight 3-pointers and scored 22 unanswered over a 6:09 stretch midway through the half to extend the lead.
Cedric Council Jr. led Coppin State (0-15) with 11 points. Tre’ Thomas added nine for the Eagles, who have lost 19 of 20 dating to last season.
“It’s hard to find anything positive that happened today,” Coppin State coach Juan Dixon said. “You’ve got to have fun. It’s like pulling teeth to try to get these guys to have a good time. As the head coach, I’m loose and I have fun with the guys. I just want these guys to play with more positive energy and support one another.”
Penn State travels to Maryland on Tuesday.
No. 15 Maryland 69,
Penn State 65
UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) — Stephanie Jones scored the final four points and No. 15 Maryland pulled out a 69-65 win at Penn State on Sunday, pushing their win streak to 11 games.
Penn State called a 30-second timeout with 1:19 to go and tied at 65, but were unable to inbound and the turnover resulted in Jones getting fouled and going to the line for the first time. She made both free throws and, after a Penn State miss, the Terps went deep into the shot clock before Jones scored with 12 seconds remaining. Penn State missed two final shots.
Penn State is winless against Maryland since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2015.
Maryland (13-2, 2-0) opened conference play by dropping 100 on Illinois Thursday, but the outcome against Penn State (9-6, 0-2) was in doubt until Jones found her shooting touch in the last minute. Maryland was 4-of-14 shooting in the final quarter.
Blair Watson led Maryland with 15 points, Jeisha Small added 14, Brianna Fraser 12 and Kristen Confroy 10. Jones finished with eight points and seven boards.
Penn State took a one-point lead into the final quarter, which saw three lead changes and five ties.
Jaiden Travascio-Green scored 23 points — her second career 20-point game — for upset-minded Penn State and Amari Carter added 15.