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St. Francis (Pa.) vs Penn State

Penn St. 65, St. Francis (Pa.) 58

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Tim Frazier scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Penn State defeated St. Francis (Pa.) 65-58 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

D.J. Newbill, a transfer from Southern Mississippi, added 16 points for the Nittany Lions.

In the first half, the teams combined to shoot 31 percent (14 of 45) from the field, including 18 percent (4 of 22) from 3-point range. Penn State struggled behind the arc all night, finishing 3 of 24 from 3-point range.

Ollie Jackson tallied 19 points for the Red Flash, picked to finish last in the Northeastern Conference preseason poll.

Down 26-20 at the break, St. Francis opened the second half on an 11-4 run. Penn State took the lead for good when Frazier hit a pair of free throws with 10:45 remaining.

St. Francis recorded only two offensive rebounds.

Second-year coach Patrick Chambers has insisted several times that Penn State has the best backcourt in the country.

Frazier and Newbill showed glimpses of promise to back up their coach's bold claim, with a Newbill to Frazier alley-oop three minutes in bringing the 7,329 spectators at the Bryce Jordan Center to their feet.

"Those are two really good guards," first-year St. Francis coach Rob Krimmel said. "Two of the best players we'll see all year."

Frazier is the Big Ten's top returning scorer (18.8) and assist (6.2) man. The Lions won four conference games last season, but return 70 percent of their scoring, most from Frazier.

The senior played 39 minutes on Friday. He made 17 of 18 free throws, a career-high.

"I don't want to rely on that every night," Chambers said. "That's a lot of weight on one man's shoulders. And he's only 22."

Besides Jackson, most of St. Francis' production came from the bench. Red Flash reserves scored 22 points.

The biggest troubles for St. Francis came in the paint. The Red Flash were outrebounded 38-29 and scored zero second-chance points.

"We knew coming into a place like this that our margin for error wouldn't be very big," Krimmel said.

St. Francis scored only two points over a seven-minute stretch late in the second half.

Chambers was troubled by his team's 3-point shooting, but even more troubled by the Lions' 17 turnovers.

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St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash
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E. Brown, F131-20-03132
U. Shannon, G362-124-45409
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J. Graham, F221-30-03042
T. Frazier, G393-917-1846323
D. Newbill, G363-109-1071216
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Northeast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
F. Dickinson0-02-2101
Bryant0-01-1170
St. Fran.-Pa.0-02-3215
Mt St Marys0-01-2230
Sacred Heart0-01-270
Robert Morris0-01-396
Wagner0-01-3250
LIU-Brooklyn0-00-2138
St. Fran.-NY0-00-4165
CCSU0-00-5312

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Maryland0-05-0152
Northwestern0-05-0135
Illinois0-04-090
Wisconsin0-04-023
Ohio St.0-03-013
Penn St.0-05-1181
Indiana0-04-1232
Michigan0-04-133
Purdue0-04-1178
Michigan St.0-03-1127
Minnesota0-03-1209
Nebraska0-03-1103
Iowa0-03-263
Rutgers0-02-2131
 
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BAYL 99
MIST 62 Final
CONN 66
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NCST 97
GAST 55 Final
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MU 0
GWEB 59 Final
UNC 76
BRY 54 Final
IND 97
SEMO 55 Final
KAN 74
UNT 51 Final
CREI 71
SLIP 62 Final
MICH 100
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UK 72
SOUT 65 Final
GONZ 103
GU 23 Canc.
FLA 27
IAST 59 Final
UCLA 86