Penn State beats cold Morgan State 61-48

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) D.J. Newbill scored 17 points, freshman Shep Garner added 14 and Penn State defeated Morgan State 61-48 Friday night in the season-opener for both teams.

Geno Thorpe scored 11 for Penn State which sank 21 of 48 shots (43.8 percent). The Lions were 5 of 13 from 3-point range but four of them came in the second half to help them pull away from the Bears.

Morgan State was led by Cedric Blossom’s 10 points and Blake Bozeman’s 9.

The Bears shot just 18 of 58 from the field and were only 3 of 18 on their 3-point attempts.

Newbill also pulled down seven rebounds for Penn State. Brandon Taylor led the Lions with nine.

Garner came out firing to start the second half with his first 3-pointer for a nine-point Penn State lead.