Penn State men’s basketball dismantles Pitt
NEW YORK — Tony Carr scored 16 points to lead six Penn State players in double figures and the Nittany Lions beat Pitt, 85-54, on Monday night in the second game of the Progressive Legends Classic.
Mike Watkins and Shep Garner had 13 apiece, while Lamar Stevens, Josh Reaves and Nazeer Bostick each scored 10 for Penn State (5-0).
Jared Wilson-Frame led the Pitt (1-3) with 17 points. It was the third straight game he finished in double figures scoring.
Despite the lopsided nature of the game, it was neither the biggest win in Penn State history nor the worst loss ever for Pitt. The Nittany Lions’ largest margin of victory was 74, in an 86-12 win over Susquehanna on Jan. 25, 1919, and Pitt dropped a program-worst 106-13 decision to Westminster on Feb. 24, 1906.
Penn State’s largest margin of victory against Pitt was 84-44 on Jan. 14, 1967.
Garner opened the game with a 3-point jumper, and the Nittany Lions never trailed. Carr knocked down a straightaway 3 to make it 47-21 at the break. Bostick threw down a breakaway one-handed jam, and Garner drilled another 3 to push the lead to 63-29.
Pitt’s roster has players who combined for three starts and 648 minutes in 2016-17. Penn State has returned 80.8 percent of its scoring, 87.8 percent of its rebounding and 81.8 percent of its assists from last season.
Penn State improved to 76-72 all-time against Pitt. The Nittany Lions snapped a seven-game losing streak to their in-state rivals.
Stephen Curry arrived midway through the second half of the game, and the Golden State Warriors star saw Penn State outscore Pitt, 31-25.
Penn State faces No. 16 Texas A&M in the championship game Tuesday, and Pitt gets Oklahoma State in the consolation game.