The Penn State men’s basketball team built a 29-point halftime lead on its way to a 74-54 win over George Washington on Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Tony Carr finished with 19 points and Mike Watkins added 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Nittany Lions. Shep Garner (12 points), Josh Reaves (11) and Lamar Stevens (10) also scored in double figures for Penn State.
The Nittany Lions (8-3) led from start to finish and put the game away by halftime. Penn State raced out to an early 13-2 lead and owned a 48-19 lead at the break. Penn State shot 58.8 percent from the field in the first half, while George Washington (5-5) shot 21.7 percent from the field.
Bostick out due to violation of team rules
Before the Nittany Lions took the court Saturday, Penn State announced Nazeer Bostick would not play due to a violation of team rules.
The sophomore ranks sixth on the team with 5.9 points per game and seventh with 17.9 minutes per game. Since scoring 14 points in a win over Oral Roberts on Nov. 24, he’s scored a combined six points in three games. In his past two appearances, Bostick went scoreless against Iowa and Wisconsin.
Player of the game
Penn State forward Mike Watkins: Watkins nearly recorded a double-double in the first half as the Nittany Lions turned the game into a rout. The Penn State forward scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and recorded two blocks in 17 minutes in the first half. He finished with 15 points on 7-of 11-shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds to go with four blocks.
Tip-off time change
Penn State moved the start of its Dec. 30 game against Coppin State to 1 p.m. The change was made so fans can watch the Nittany Lions football team take on Washington in the Fiesta Bowl that day at 4 p.m.
Penn State at George Mason, 4 p.m. Dec. 17: The Nittany Lions will have more than a week until their game at George Mason. They’ll then play three straight home games to close out their nonconference schedule.