Shep Garner bounced back from a rough shooting performance to help Penn State to a 70-57 win over Montana at the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday night.
Three days after Garner went scoreless on 0 for 7 shooting against Farleigh Dickinson, the Nittany Lions guard scored 12 points and knocked down some big shots against the Grizzlies. When Montana went on a 9-0 run in the second half to pull within 51-50, Garner responded with a 3-pointer. And after Montana closed the gap to 58-55 with 4:11 left, Garner drilled 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to push the Nittany Lions ahead by nine.
Penn State maintained a comfortable lead in the final two minutes to improve its record to 3-0.
Garner finished 4 for 7 from beyond the arc to lead the Nittany Lions. Lamar Stevens paced Penn State with 25 points, and Josh Reaves added 12.
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Player of the game
Penn State forward Lamar Stevens: Stevens led the Nittany Lions with 25 points and seven rebounds. The forward shot an efficient 8 for 14 from the field and went 8 for 9 from the foul line. He also added two blocks and two steals. Stevens provided consistent production throughout the game, pacing Penn State with 10 points in the first half before scoring 15 points in the final 20 minutes.
Carr leaves with injury
Tony Carr reportedly sprained his ankle during Wednesday night’s game. The Penn State point guard left the game early in the second half with the injury. He finished with seven points and two assists in 19 minutes.
Carr had 20 points and seven assists in the team’s win over Farleigh Dickinson, and he finished with 33 points and seven assists in the season opener against Campbell.
Penn State hosts Columbia at 7 p.m. Friday. The Nittany Lions then head to Brooklyn, N.Y., where they’ll open the Legends Class against Pittsburgh at 9:30 p.m. Monday.