Penn State surges past Longwood 93-67
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP)
Taylor was joined in double figures by D.J. Newbill with 23 points and Ross Travis, with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The unselfish Nittany Lions (4-1) piled up 25 assists, eight by point guard Tim Frazier and seven by Newbill, who also chipped in with nine rebounds.
Holding a 10-point lead at the half, the Nittany Lions outscored the Lancers, 56-40, in the second half. They were paced by Taylor and Newbill. Taylor poured in 16 and Newbill 15 to account for more than half of Penn State's second half points.
Longwood (2-3) was paced by three players in double figures. Isaac Belton scored 17. He was joined by Jeylani Dublin with 16 and Tristan Carey with 13. Carey, the Lancers' leading scorer at more than 20 points a game, was held below his season average.
Penn State shook off a sloppy first half by tightening its defense to start the second half. The Nittany Lions ran off an 8-0 run to start the half.
With Travis dominating the boards, Penn State often held Longwood to one shot and then got out on the break. Taylor and Newbill were on the receiving end. Taylor made 9 of 16 field goals, including 5 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line. Newbill converted 7 of 10 shots from the field and 8 of 11 at the line.
Penn State ran its lead out to 30 points at 85-55 with 3:08 to go and then coach Patrick Chambers was able to empty his bench.
As a team, the Nittany Lions continued their torrid shooting ways early in the season. Penn State entered the game converting nearly 47 percent of its shots. On Sunday, the Nittany Lions filled it up to the tune of 57.1 percent on 32 of 56 shooting.