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Penn St. dumps Jacksonville St. behind Stevens and Bolton

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Jacksonville State planned to double team Penn State's best player, but it was tough for the Gamecocks to determine who that was for most of the night.

''It's big time,'' Penn State forward Lamar Stevens said. ''I've been telling everybody how good these freshmen are.''

Stevens and Rasir Bolton scored 25 points apiece and Penn State beat Jacksonville State 76-61 on Monday night.

Stevens also grabbed nine rebounds and Josh Reaves chipped in 11 points for the Nittany Lions (2-0) who won their second straight inside the Bryce Jordan Center and seventh straight dating to last season's National Invitation Tournament.

''I think last year's successes and wins have really taught this group how to win,'' Penn State coach Pat Chambers said. ''I think that's what you saw in the last five minutes.''

A back-and-forth first half turned for good on Bolton's second 3-pointer of the game. It gave the Nittany Lions the lead with 6:17 to play in the first half and Stevens helped them seize control with six points over the next 4:31.

After leading 37-32 at halftime, Penn State built 11-point leads twice before padding their total in the final minute. Stevens drew a foul en route to a layup then sank the free throw to put Penn State up 59-48 with 8:24 left. Reaves nailed a 3-pointer just over five minutes later to make it 66-55 with 3:18 to go.

Jason Burnell scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Jacksonville State (0-2). Derrick Mostella added 17 and Christian Cunningham notched 10 for the Gamecocks.

''We had some defensive breakdowns just from a communication standpoint and we just gave up too many offensive rebounds,'' Jacksonville State coach Ray Harper said. ''I think we did okay on (Stevens) and then we let Bolton go crazy.''

PLAYING INTO THEIR HANDS

Jacksonville State's defense has thrived at times during the Gamecocks' recent run of success by forcing lower percentage jumpers. That was just fine with Chambers who deployed numerous personnel configurations with eager marksmen.

''I was pretty comfortable with them doing that,'' Chambers said.

The Nittany Lions made 41 percent of their field goals on 26-for-64 shooting.

LIKE TONY

Bolton found himself in double figures for the second game in a row and his calm demeanor had reminded his teammates of Tony Carr.

Carr, the Big Ten's leading scorer last season, left early for the NBA leaving a wide-open spot in the Penn State lineup. Bolton appears to be on track to seize a lot of those minutes.

''I definitely watched Tony a lot last year,'' Bolton said. ''Just taking in his level headedness and just how calm he was in any situation, tied up at Ohio State, comes down and makes a deep 3, he's just always level-headed, always thinking about the next play so I try to take that from his game.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Jacksonville State: The Gamecocks won the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in 2017, and although they were knocked out in the semis in the spring, still won a program-best 23 games. Picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference by coaches in the preseason, the Gamecocks appear to have all the pieces to aim higher and vie for another title and a third-straight 20-win season.

Penn State: With a lot of new faces and big forward Mike Watkins still taking personal time away from the team, coach Pat Chambers wants to get a look at multiple lineups. With Reaves in foul trouble early, Chambers had the chance to get Jamari Wheeler more time with Bolton, Myles Dread and Myreon Jones on his wings.

UP NEXT

Jacksonville State visits Bradley on Wednesday.

Penn State plays DePaul in a Gavitt Tipoff Series game in Chicago on Thursday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Lamar Stevens 25.0
  Marlon Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
+ 1 Rasir Bolton made 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Rasir Bolton made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
  Personal foul on Jason Burnell 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Penn State 33.0
  Detrick Mostella missed 3-pt. jump shot 35.0
+ 1 Josh Reaves made free throw 43.0
  Shooting foul on Jamall Gregory 43.0
+ 2 Josh Reaves made layup, assist by Lamar Stevens 43.0
+ 1 Myreon Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:00
Team Stats
Points 61 76
Field Goals 23-58 (39.7%) 26-64 (40.6%)
3-Pointers 3-14 (21.4%) 10-32 (31.3%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 14-21 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 37 35
Offensive 12 12
Defensive 25 19
Team 0 4
Assists 6 10
Steals 5 7
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 16 6
Fouls 23 17
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 2 REB
25 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Jax. State 0-2 322961
home team logo Penn St. 2-0 373976
Team Stats
away team logo Jax. State 0-2 78.0 PPG 43.1 RPG 13.7 APG
home team logo Penn St. 2-0 69.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
2
D. Mostella G 8.9 PPG 2.3 RPG 1.7 APG 36.4 FG%
13
R. Bolton G 11.6 PPG 2.0 RPG 1.5 APG 38.3 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Mostella G 17 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
R. Bolton G 25 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
39.7 FG% 40.6
21.4 3PT FG% 31.3
75.0 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Mostella 17 2 0 7/16 1/6 2/2 2 30 2 0 3 1 1
J. Burnell 14 12 2 5/12 1/3 3/3 5 33 0 1 2 2 10
C. Cunningham 10 9 0 5/8 0/0 0/1 3 24 1 1 4 5 4
T. Hudson 7 2 4 2/7 0/2 3/3 3 28 0 0 0 0 2
M. Hunter 5 7 0 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 27 0 0 2 3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Mostella 17 2 0 7/16 1/6 2/2 2 30 2 0 3 1 1
J. Burnell 14 12 2 5/12 1/3 3/3 5 33 0 1 2 2 10
C. Cunningham 10 9 0 5/8 0/0 0/1 3 24 1 1 4 5 4
T. Hudson 7 2 4 2/7 0/2 3/3 3 28 0 0 0 0 2
M. Hunter 5 7 0 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 27 0 0 2 3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Gregory 8 2 0 2/7 0/0 4/7 4 24 2 1 2 0 2
M. Dunlap 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 1 1
J. Cross 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 15 0 0 0 0 0
D. St. Hilaire 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 4 0 0 2 0 0
M. Zeliznak 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 1
C. Jones 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Ware - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hyde - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 37 6 23/58 3/14 12/16 23 200 5 3 16 12 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Stevens 25 9 3 9/18 2/6 5/7 2 40 2 1 1 2 7
J. Reaves 11 2 2 4/6 2/3 1/1 3 23 2 1 2 0 2
M. Dread 7 5 1 3/12 1/8 0/0 2 37 0 0 0 3 2
J. Harrar 3 6 0 1/3 0/0 1/3 2 26 1 0 0 4 2
J. Wheeler 0 2 2 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 21 1 0 1 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Stevens 25 9 3 9/18 2/6 5/7 2 40 2 1 1 2 7
J. Reaves 11 2 2 4/6 2/3 1/1 3 23 2 1 2 0 2
M. Dread 7 5 1 3/12 1/8 0/0 2 37 0 0 0 3 2
J. Harrar 3 6 0 1/3 0/0 1/3 2 26 1 0 0 4 2
J. Wheeler 0 2 2 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 21 1 0 1 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Bolton 25 1 1 8/14 4/8 5/7 2 30 0 0 1 0 1
T. Buttrick 3 5 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 3 14 0 1 1 2 3
M. Jones 2 1 1 0/4 0/2 2/3 0 9 1 0 0 0 1
S. Pierce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Watkins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Zemgulis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Nussbaum - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Brockington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Kasatkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCloskey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 31 10 26/64 10/32 14/21 17 200 7 3 6 12 19