STATE COLLEGE – Lamar Stevens’ return to Happy Valley for his senior season paid early dividends as he scored a game-high 17 points to lift Penn State over Maryland Eastern Shore, 84-46, on Tuesday.
Stevens withdrew his name from the NBA Draft in May, opting instead to return to Penn State for his final year.
Stevens ignited the season-opener crowd with a two-handed dunk that came off an assist from Jamari Wheeler with 16:15 remaining in the second half to put the Nittany Lions ahead 51-19.
Penn State received welcomed news just before tip off when Oklahoma State transfer Curtis Jones Jr. was granted immediate eligibility this season. Jones finished with 10 points and six assists.
Mike Watkins recorded the 200th block of his career in the first half, and he ended with seven in the contest. He added another 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Myles Dread finished with 15 points, while Myreon Jones and Izaiah Brockington scored 10 points apiece.
PENN STATE 73, TOWSON 67
Four Penn State players scored in double figures on Tuesday to help the Nittany Lions Lions overcome an eight-point deficit and grab a 73-67 season-opening women's basketball win at Towson University's SECU Arena.
The win was Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger’s first with Penn State, and the 100th of her career. Kieger coached for five seasons at Marquette University before being named Penn State's head coach in April.
Penn State scored 55 points in the second half.
Siyeh Frazier and Makenna Marisa scored 15 points apiece, Alisia Smith added 14, and Kamaria McDaniel rounded out Penn State’s double-figure quartet with 11. Frazier also recorded eight rebounds, while McDaniel paced Penn State with five assists.
Penn State shot 47 percent (16-of-34) from the field in the second half after going 6-of-29 (21 percent) from the field in the first two quarters.