Game Grades: Penn State vs. ULM
After a dominant 14-point victory over the Canisius Golden Griffins (3-6) Thursday night, Penn State (7-3) continued its Return to Rec homestand series and edged the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (4-5) 54-50 on Saturday at Rec Hall. With the win, Penn State has won three of its last four games.
Here are the game grades for Penn State’s victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
Guard Shep Garner collected only eight points, and was scoreless from three-point range (0-3), but did go 3-7 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line. Garner’s performance was one uncharacteristic from his offensive performances in the previous two games against Canisius (11 points) and at George Washington (22 points), where he scored a combined 33 points. The Nittany Lions shot 32.7 percent from the field (18-55). Good news for Penn State is that they only gave up three steals in the game, and countered with six steals of their own. Garner had two of those six steals, while guard Devin Foster added one. Penn State also had 16 points off of turnovers for the game, compared to the Warhawks’ four.
The Nittany Lions outscored the Warhawks 30-20 inside the paint. Penn State had two players in double figures for the game; forward Brandon Taylor (16 points) and forward Payton Banks (10 points). Center Jordan Dickerson had a team-high seven blocks, while Penn State tallied 12 blocks in the entire game, compared to Louisiana-Monroe’s mere three. Although Penn State was outrebounded 47-31, Brandon Taylor finished with seven rebounds and Dickerson added five boards.
Penn State outscored the Warhawks in bench points, 10-2, with eight of their bench points coming in the first half. Josh Reaves scored nine of the team’s 10 bench points, with seven of them scored in the first half as well.
Penn State held the Warhawks to 33.9 percent from the field for the entire game. The Nittany Lions did a better job defensively in the second half of the game, limiting the Warhawks to 30.3 percent scoring (10-33), whereas in the first half Penn State allowed a 38.5 percent field goal clip (10-26). Penn State led 25-24 by first half’s end, and outscored Louisiana-Monroe 29-26 in the second half, with the game tight throughout.
The Nittany Lions play Saturday, Dec. 19 at Drexel with opening tipoff set for 7p.m. at The Palestra.
Daniel Correa is a junior who is currently majoring in broadcast journalism. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Daniel Correa majors in broadcast journalism and minors in English in the College of Communications at Penn State University. He interned for the New York Giants as a sports beat writer over the summer of 2016. He is a former live sports production intern at WPSU-TV during Fall 2015 semester. He is a former sports production intern at State College’s ESPN Radio 1450AM (Spring 2015). He has two concurrent sports beat writing internships with The Centre County Gazette and Instant Sports Access, a national and digital sports writing internship that entails submitting weekly and autonomous sports releases/articles to the main site, instantsportsaccess.com. He aspires to get into the field of play-by-play broadcasting for Major League Baseball, primarily for the YES Network and FOX 5 Sports. He has digital knowledge of software systems such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Hindenberg, QuickTime Player 7, Microsoft Excel/Word and Adobe Photoshop. He is involved with ComRadio. He has co-hosted a previous sports talk show, The Empire State Boys, breaking down and covering everything New York sports, while incorporating Penn State sports headlines and national sports news. He also co-hosted New York Sports Live, a sports talk show highlighting and covering exclusively New York Sports topics. He is Director of Decisions for PSSN, Penn State Sports Night, which is one of the several shows that air on PSNtv.