The torrid shooting of Tyreek Duren and La Salle proved to be too much for Penn State as the Explorers ran away from the Nittany Lions 82-57 on Wednesday night at the Palestra in Philadelphia.
Duren scored a game-high 29 points on 9 of 13 from the field and 4 of 7 from the 3-point line. As a team the Explorers (5-1) shot 16-for-29 from behind the arc, outscoring the Nittany Lions — who went 3-for-12 — 48 to nine from three.
“We pretty much practiced for when they went zone and coach said I would be one of the main guys tonight,” Duren said. “It (felt) good it just (felt) like everything was falling.”
Jermaine Marshall led Penn State (4-4) in scoring for the fourth-straight game with 19 points. Ross Travis and Newbill each contributed 12.
Newbill, in his return to Phildelphia, scored his first points of the game with 15:33 remaining in the second half. He shot 5 of 13 from the field but handled the Explorers’ intense man-to-man pressure well. He finished the game with five assists and two turnovers.
No matter what defense Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers employed the Explorers could not be quelled.
“We played two different zones,” Chambers said. “Some of the shots were contested, not all of them, but some of them were tough shots. They were definitely hot.”
After Newbill’s first points of the night, he scored again with a beautiful spin move in the lane and a right-handed layup with less than 15 minutes remaining, cutting La Salle’s lead to 47-43.
But the momentum Newbill’s quick baskets generated would be short lived as La Salle went on a run that would put the game out of reach.
The Explorers went on a 21-3 run led by 12 consecutive points from Duren, the last of which made the lead 68-46 with 7:52 left. On Penn State’s ensuing possession, Newbill turned the ball over and that led to another La Salle 3-pointer.
Patrick Chambers received a technical foul during the run after Newbill was fouled en route to the basket.
Ross Travis had 12 points in the game on 6 of 10 shooting.