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Jones leads Penn State over Wagner 91-64

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Pat Chambers believes Penn State can be one of the best defensive teams in the country.

Two games in, the Nittany Lions appear to be headed in that direction.

Myreon Jones scored 14 points and Penn State pulled away from Wagner 91-64 on Saturday.

Lamar Stevens added 13 points, Izaiah Brockington and Seth Lundy added 12 apiece and Jamari Wheeler chipped in 10 for the Nittany Lions (2-0), who led for all but 4:33.

Just as they did in their opener, the Nittany Lions turned defense into offense all afternoon. They forced 18 turnovers and held the Seahawks (0-2) to just 24-for-59 shooting.

''I think we have the makings of an elite defensive team,'' Chambers said.

Curtis Cobb led Wagner with 19 points while Alex Morales and Elijah Ford added 18 and 12, respectively.

The Seahawks controlled most of the first 10 minutes, but the Nittany Lions used an 8-3 run capped by a 3-pointer from Curtis Jones Jr. to take a 13-10 lead with 12:52 to play.

Jones sank a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to put Penn State up 37-30 at halftime.

The Nittany Lions, who forced eight turnovers in the first half, got three in the first two minutes of the second that helped push their lead to 43-30. They led by as many as 30 in the second half.

''We have so many athletes and we feel like it's going to be really hard for teams to keep up with us,'' Brockington said. ''We feel like we can run a lot of teams out of the gym.''

The Seahawks, playing shorthanded with only eight players available, didn't score their first points in the second until Ja'mier Fletcher made a free throw 3:19 in. They didn't get their first field goal until Morales hit a jumper that made it 50-33 with 14:39 left.

''Those first four minutes in the second half, I saw body language and I knew guys didn't have anything left in the tank,'' Wagner coach Bashir Mason said.

SPEED KILLS

The Nittany Lions are transitioning quickly, wasting no time getting to their offense after strong defensive possessions. They poured 20 fast-break points on the Seahawks after posting 22 in their opener against Maryland-Eastern Shore.

''I think you guys are starting to notice our speed and athleticism one through five and even coming off the bench,'' Chambers said. ''When you've got guys like that running lanes, it's really tough to guard us in transition.''

PERIMETER OPTIONS

Early on, the Nittany Lions appear to have plenty of options when they need a 3-pointer, but they'll need to see more consistency from long distance.

Dread, who went 5 for 6 from 3-point range in the opener, cooled off in this one. He was just 1 for 9.

Jones, nicknamed ''Buckets,'' was 2 for 5 from beyond the arc while Brockington was 1 for 4.

BIG PICTURE

Wagner: The Seahawks are working with a lot of new faces as they try to snap a six-game losing streak dating to Feb. 21 of last season. Cobb, who graduated from UMass in May before transferring to Wagner, should be a big help along with Morales, a former junior college star for Prince George's Community College in Maryland.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions put up gaudy numbers in their opener and six players finished in double figures. They got solid depth scoring again Saturday as Lundy and Brockington handled large roles off the bench and the defense posted another smothering effort to keep an opponent off-balance all game.

UP NEXT

Wagner hosts Wesley College on Tuesday.

Penn State visits Georgetown on Thursday.

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Key Players
A. Morales
M. Jones
26.0 Min. Per Game 26.0
10.0 Pts. Per Game 10.0
6.0 Ast. Per Game 6.0
2.0 Reb. Per Game 2.0
42.3 Field Goal % 57.1
28.6 Three Point % 50.0
64.7 Free Throw % 66.7
+ 3 Curtis Cobb III made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Morales 8.0
+ 2 Seth Lundy made layup 30.0
  Offensive rebound by Seth Lundy 35.0
  Curtis Jones Jr. missed jump shot 37.0
+ 2 Patrick Szpir made layup, assist by Alex Morales 51.0
+ 3 Trent Buttrick made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Curtis Jones Jr. 1:06
+ 1 Alex Morales made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:15
+ 1 Alex Morales made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:15
  Alex Morales missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:15
  Personal foul on Curtis Jones Jr. 1:15
  Defensive rebound by Elijah Ford 1:21
Team Stats
Points 64 91
Field Goals 24-59 (40.7%) 30-65 (46.2%)
3-Pointers 5-18 (27.8%) 11-30 (36.7%)
Free Throws 11-20 (55.0%) 20-33 (60.6%)
Total Rebounds 39 45
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 26 28
Team 7 7
Assists 10 16
Steals 4 9
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 18 12
Fouls 28 19
Technicals 2 0
19 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
14 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Wagner 0-2 303464
home team logo Penn State 2-0 375491
Team Stats
away team logo Wagner 0-2 75.3 PPG 38.5 RPG 14.8 APG
home team logo Penn State 2-0 88.5 PPG 45.3 RPG 17.3 APG
Key Players
33
C. Cobb III G 20.8 PPG 2.3 RPG 1.3 APG 46.0 FG%
0
M. Jones G 13.0 PPG 1.8 RPG 3.8 APG 51.5 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Cobb III G 19 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
M. Jones G 14 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
40.7 FG% 46.2
27.8 3PT FG% 36.7
55.0 FT% 60.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Cobb III 19 4 1 8/17 3/8 0/0 2 37 0 0 5 1 3
A. Morales 18 6 3 6/14 2/5 4/7 2 37 2 0 5 0 6
P. Szpir 8 9 0 4/10 0/0 0/0 4 29 0 0 0 3 6
W. Martinez 4 2 4 1/7 0/0 2/4 5 29 2 0 3 1 1
T. Nesby IV 0 1 0 0/5 0/5 0/0 5 26 0 1 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Cobb III 19 4 1 8/17 3/8 0/0 2 37 0 0 5 1 3
A. Morales 18 6 3 6/14 2/5 4/7 2 37 2 0 5 0 6
P. Szpir 8 9 0 4/10 0/0 0/0 4 29 0 0 0 3 6
W. Martinez 4 2 4 1/7 0/0 2/4 5 29 2 0 3 1 1
T. Nesby IV 0 1 0 0/5 0/5 0/0 5 26 0 1 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ford 12 9 2 4/5 0/0 4/6 4 25 0 0 2 1 8
J. Fletcher 3 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 5 11 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wilkins 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1 6 0 0 1 0 1
C. Freeman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jordan-Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mason - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 32 10 24/59 5/18 11/20 28 200 4 1 18 6 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jones 14 1 3 5/10 2/5 2/3 3 26 1 0 2 0 1
L. Stevens 13 6 0 6/13 0/2 1/5 3 27 1 0 1 3 3
J. Wheeler 10 3 2 3/4 2/2 2/6 2 23 3 0 1 0 3
M. Dread 9 5 5 1/10 1/9 6/6 0 24 1 0 1 1 4
M. Watkins 7 8 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 1 22 0 1 3 1 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jones 14 1 3 5/10 2/5 2/3 3 26 1 0 2 0 1
L. Stevens 13 6 0 6/13 0/2 1/5 3 27 1 0 1 3 3
J. Wheeler 10 3 2 3/4 2/2 2/6 2 23 3 0 1 0 3
M. Dread 9 5 5 1/10 1/9 6/6 0 24 1 0 1 1 4
M. Watkins 7 8 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 1 22 0 1 3 1 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brockington 12 3 1 4/9 1/4 3/4 1 24 1 0 2 1 2
S. Lundy 12 7 0 4/4 2/2 2/2 3 15 0 1 0 2 5
C. Jones Jr. 8 3 1 3/8 2/4 0/0 3 19 1 0 0 0 3
T. Buttrick 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 5 1 0 1 0 0
J. Harrar 3 2 3 1/1 0/0 1/3 3 13 0 0 1 2 0
K. McCloskey 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Nussbaum - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Kelly - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Beattie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 91 38 16 30/65 11/30 20/33 19 200 9 2 12 10 28