Penn State Basketball

Penn State men’s basketball preparing for matchup with St. John’s

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said he’ll probably start watching film of the Red Storm on Friday.

But he’s more concerned with preparing his team ahead of Sunday’s matchup.

“It doesn’t matter if we go to St. John’s and we know all their sets and we know their calls and all this great stuff,” Chambers said. “It doesn’t matter if we don’t know who we are, and we can’t take good care of our own business. That’s where we are right now.”

Chambers knows Red Storm freshman guard Shamorie Ponds has been “lighting it up. Ponds is averaging 17.4 points per game and shooting 44.9 percent from 3-point range.

St. John’s is shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc as a team.

The Red Storm (5-6) also recently lost 6-foot-11 center Yankuba Sima, who was given his release to transfer, the program announced last week. Sima started eight games and played in 10, averaging 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds.

Marcus LoVett has missed the last three games due to injury. LoVett leads St. John’s in scoring with 18.8 points in eight games.

Ryne Gery: 814-231-4679, @rgery