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Jones leads Penn State over Wake Forest with career night

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Myreon Jones lived up to his nickname on Wednesday night.

The Penn State sophomore, dubbed ''Buckets'' by his teammates, drained a career-best 22 points to lead Penn State over Wake Forest 76-54 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Lamar Stevens added 14 points and Izaiah Brockington had 13 for the Nittany Lions (7-1), who never trailed and led by as many as 31 with 6:16 to play.

Olivier Sarr scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds while Andrien White had 10 points for the Demon Deacons (5-4), who trailed 41-23 at halftime after Jones poured it on.

Jones had 16 points in the opening 20 minutes and finished the night 8-for-13 shooting from the floor.

Good defense helped, and the Nittany Lions played sturdy on the backend all night. It was particularly smothering in the first eight minutes.

Mike Watkins, who finished with seven points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, started the game with a block in the corner before the Nittany Lions turned six turnovers, including five steals, into 10 points and a 14-4 lead.

''I thought our defense set the tone for this game,'' Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. ''We defended. We rebounded. We really challenged our team.''

An alley-oop from Chaundee Brown to Sharone Wright Jr. snapped the Demon Deacons out of their lull. It sparked a 16-11 run over the next 5:12 that cut their deficit to 25-20. They wouldn't get any closer as Penn State went on an 16-3 run to close out the half.

''They came out and delivered the first blow,'' Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said. ''We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. The (turnovers) led to a lot of run-outs for them in transition.''

BENCH CONTRIBUTIONS

The Nittany Lions got 27 points off the bench. A particularly helpful batch came at the end of the first half and blew the game open.

Jones was the only starter left on the floor when Penn State sank five-straight baskets - including two from graduate transfer Curtis Jones and a 3-pointer from ''Buckets'' - in the final three minutes.

Brockington led all bench scorers and added five rebounds, an assist and a steal in just under 22 minutes of playing time.

CHILLY CHILDRESS

Brandon Childress entered the game as Wake Forest's leading scorer, drilling 16.9 per game. He was a non-factor in 25:29 played. Penn State held the guard scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting.

''I watched a ton of film on him,'' Chambers said. ''Very shifty. Very crafty. Finds ways to produce points for himself.''

THE BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons were sloppy early and never recovered. The comfort of home might help as they've played their last six on the road.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions haven't had much success against current Atlantic Coast Conference teams but improved to 151-193 with this one that was never really close. They've won their last nine home games dating to last season.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest hosts North Carolina State on Saturday.

Penn State visits No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday.

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Key Players
B. Childress
M. Jones
31.0 Min. Per Game 31.0
12.4 Pts. Per Game 12.4
3.9 Ast. Per Game 3.9
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
37.8 Field Goal % 44.6
26.1 Three Point % 40.9
81.0 Free Throw % 85.0
+ 3 Michael Wynn made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Blake Buchanan 0.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Penn State 0.0
+ 2 Michael Wynn made layup 18.0
  Offensive rebound by Michael Wynn 25.0
  Miles Lester missed layup 27.0
  Defensive rebound by Blake Buchanan 45.0
  Stephen Beattie missed 3-pt. jump shot 47.0
  Offensive rebound by Seth Lundy 52.0
  Curtis Jones Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws 52.0
  Curtis Jones Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 52.0
  Shooting foul on Michael Wynn 52.0
Team Stats
Points 54 76
Field Goals 17-58 (29.3%) 30-68 (44.1%)
3-Pointers 4-12 (33.3%) 5-28 (17.9%)
Free Throws 16-22 (72.7%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 33 52
Offensive 9 15
Defensive 23 32
Team 1 5
Assists 9 12
Steals 7 12
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 19 14
Fouls 17 22
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 10 REB
22 PTS, 1 REB
12T
away team logo Wake Forest 5-4 233154
home team logo Penn State 7-1 413576
Team Stats
away team logo Wake Forest 5-4 73.5 PPG 42.3 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo Penn State 7-1 79.9 PPG 45.8 RPG 15.1 APG
Key Players
30
O. Sarr C 13.1 PPG 9.5 RPG 0.7 APG 50.6 FG%
0
M. Jones G 13.1 PPG 3.0 RPG 3.0 APG 44.4 FG%
Top Scorers
O. Sarr C 14 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
M. Jones G 22 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
29.3 FG% 44.1
33.3 3PT FG% 17.9
72.7 FT% 64.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. White 10 1 0 4/8 2/4 0/0 3 20 0 0 1 0 1
T. Johnson 4 2 1 1/3 0/0 2/2 1 18 1 0 1 1 1
I. Mucius 2 1 1 1/7 0/0 0/0 0 16 1 1 1 1 0
B. Childress 1 0 2 0/7 0/3 1/2 0 25 0 0 3 0 0
O. Oguama 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 5 17 1 0 3 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. White 10 1 0 4/8 2/4 0/0 3 20 0 0 1 0 1
T. Johnson 4 2 1 1/3 0/0 2/2 1 18 1 0 1 1 1
I. Mucius 2 1 1 1/7 0/0 0/0 0 16 1 1 1 1 0
B. Childress 1 0 2 0/7 0/3 1/2 0 25 0 0 3 0 0
O. Oguama 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 5 17 1 0 3 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
O. Sarr 14 10 0 3/9 0/0 8/9 4 21 0 0 2 3 7
M. Wynn 8 1 0 3/3 1/1 1/2 1 5 0 0 0 1 0
S. Wright Jr. 7 1 1 3/7 1/2 0/0 1 19 1 0 0 0 1
J. Neath 4 2 2 1/6 0/0 2/3 0 18 0 0 4 0 2
C. Brown 2 4 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 21 1 0 1 1 3
I. Massoud 2 6 0 0/3 0/2 2/4 0 16 2 1 3 2 4
M. Lester 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
B. Buchanan 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
G. van Beveren 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Okeke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ingraham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 32 9 17/58 4/12 16/22 17 200 7 2 19 9 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jones 22 1 0 8/13 3/7 3/3 3 28 2 0 1 0 1
L. Stevens 14 7 3 5/13 0/3 4/4 2 27 4 0 5 2 5
M. Watkins 7 16 2 3/6 0/0 1/2 3 24 3 5 2 2 14
M. Dread 4 1 0 2/9 0/5 0/0 1 18 1 0 1 0 1
J. Wheeler 2 4 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 25 0 0 3 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jones 22 1 0 8/13 3/7 3/3 3 28 2 0 1 0 1
L. Stevens 14 7 3 5/13 0/3 4/4 2 27 4 0 5 2 5
M. Watkins 7 16 2 3/6 0/0 1/2 3 24 3 5 2 2 14
M. Dread 4 1 0 2/9 0/5 0/0 1 18 1 0 1 0 1
J. Wheeler 2 4 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 25 0 0 3 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brockington 13 5 1 5/9 1/2 2/3 2 22 1 0 2 3 2
C. Jones Jr. 6 3 1 3/9 0/5 0/2 2 22 0 0 0 1 2
S. Lundy 3 4 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 1 3
J. Harrar 2 5 3 1/1 0/0 0/1 3 12 1 1 0 4 1
K. McCloskey 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Buttrick 1 1 0 0/1 0/1 1/2 1 4 0 0 0 1 0
S. Beattie 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Nussbaum - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Kelly - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 47 12 30/68 5/28 11/17 22 200 12 6 14 15 32