Tony Carr's career-high 33 points give Penn State win in opener

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Tony Carr's career-high 33 points give Penn State win in opener

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Campbell coach Kevin McGeehan exhausted all his options trying to defend Penn State's Tony Carr on Friday.

By the time McGeehan sent big man Shane Whitfield out to shadow Penn State's do-it-all point guard, it was too late.

Carr scored 24 of his career-high 33 points in the second half and Penn State beat Campbell 86-75 in the first game for both teams.

"We put our power forward on him at the end of the game," McGeehan said. "He's a tremendous player, his length and his pace is just really, really good. He has a great sense for the game."

Josh Reaves chipped in 15 points while Julian Moore and Shep Garner added eight apiece for the Nittany Lions, who won their sixth straight season opener.

But Carr almost single-handedly kept it out of reach for the Camels. He scored 18 points in the final five minutes and made two big shots to halt Campbell runs.

With a 16-8 run to start the second, Penn State led by 17 midway through the half. The Camels cut it to a six-point deficit with a run of their own but Carr buried one of his two 3-pointers to break it up.

Minutes later, he drilled a midrange jumper that stopped another Campbell run and gave Penn State a 75-65 lead with 1:42 left.

"I'm going to take a lot of positives away from this game," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.

Chris Clemons led Campbell with 39 points, and Andrew Eudy added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Camels.

The Nittany Lions went without a field goal for almost the final four minutes of the first half. But Carr backed his way to the hoop for a layup with three seconds left to give Penn State a 36-28 halftime lead. Penn State led for over 33 minutes.

Carr wants more
Carr can be tough on himself and he opted to call himself out, focusing on his misses, even after a career night.

The sophomore made 9 of 23 field goals and 13 of his points came at the free-throw line.

"I feel like I definitely could've played better," Carr said. "I had some bad misses."

Watkins to return
Penn State forward Mike Watkins, who missed the team's two exhibition games and was left at home when the team traveled to the Bahamas in August, was again missing from the lineup.

Watkins did warm up with the team and Chambers confirmed he will start on Sunday when Penn State hosts Fairleigh Dickinson.

The 6-foot-9 Watkins, who led the team in rebounds (267) and was second in the Big Ten with 90 blocks, sat out early in his career with academic issues and Chambers had declined to say why he's been out other than to describe it as an "in-house" issue.

"I wanted him to warm up, I wanted him to be in the uniform," Chambers said. "He's done everything we asked him to do and I just wanted him to feel that juice and I wanted him to be engaged and prepare like he was going to play."

Big picture
Campbell: The Camels return a wealth of experience from a team that made the program's first postseason appearance since 1992. With seven of their top eight scorers back from last year, the Camels have the pieces to make a run at a bigger tournament.

Penn State: Chambers' teams have usually made measurable improvements during the non-conference slate where Penn State's coach is 58-31 in six seasons but it's the January-February stretch that's been brutal. The Nittany Lions are two seasons removed from their best Big Ten finish under Chambers where they won seven games and have never had the returning talent they have now. Five of their conference losses last season were by five points or less.

Up next
Campbell hosts Columbia International on Monday.

Penn State hosts Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday.

Penn State commit arrested for armed robbery of Wawa

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Penn State commit arrested for armed robbery of Wawa

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Or will that be former Penn State recruit?

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Isheem Young was one of three individuals arrested Friday in connection with the armed robbery of a Wawa convenience store in South Philadelphia this past summer. One of the two alleged accomplices is Young’s brother, the manager of the store that was robbed, while the other an unnamed getaway driver.

The Inquirer reports that the 18-year-old Young is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy, firearms violations and related offenses. He is currently being held in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

It’s alleged that Young and his partners in crime made off with $13,600 in cash from the store’s safe. A police report stated that Young entered the store armed with a black revolver and committed the robbery.

Young committed to play his college football at Penn State in mid-July; two weeks later is when he allegedly committed the crime. He was 17 years old when the incident happened.

A four-star 2018 recruit, he’s rated as the No. 12 safety in the country, the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Pennsylvania and the No. 151 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.

The new early-signing period for college football, incidentally, kicks off in less than three weeks.

Penn State can't get by Khalil Iverson, Wisconsin

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Penn State can't get by Khalil Iverson, Wisconsin

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The last 48 hours weren't easy for the Wisconsin Badgers who had all day Sunday plus a long flight into Happy Valley on Monday to stew over their worst home loss in nearly a decade.

Penn State nearly extended that misery, but a potential go-ahead 3-pointer by Tony Carr bounced off the rim with two seconds to play and the Badgers held on for a 64-63 win.

"It's nice to see a bounce back and look like a Wisconsin team should look," Badgers coach Greg Gard said.

Khalil Iverson scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half, Nate Reuvers added 11 points and Ethan Happ grabbed 10 rebounds for the Badgers (4-5, 1-1 Big Ten), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Mike Watkins scored a career-high 22 points for the Nittany Lions (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) who battled back from a 17-point deficit with 9:40 to play. Carr added 16 points and Shep Garner made 13 for the Nittany Lions who were trying for their first 2-0 start in conference play since 2007.

Penn State played its third game, and first at home, in six days and struggled to shoot the ball for most of the night. The Nittany Lions made just 9 of 26 field goals in the first half, trailed 31-25 at halftime and were just 3-for-21 over the final 1:50 of the first and the first 10 minutes of the second.

"We dug a little deeper because we looked very sluggish in the first half," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.

The Badgers led 51-36 with 9:40 to play, but Garner drained back-to-back jumpers shortly thereafter to spark a 21-9 run that cut Wisconsin's lead to 60-57 with 1:53 left.

A pair of Garner free throws with less than a minute to play made it a one-point game before the teams traded free throws over the final 43 seconds. D'Mitrik Trice closed it out at the line on 4-of-4 shooting for the Badgers.

"I knew we'd have to be really dialed-in and gritty and persevere," Gard said. "I expected the whole game to be like the last four minutes and fortunately we were able to make enough plays and get enough stops to hang on."

Built Ford tough
Carr got his shot after forward Aleem Ford bounced the game's final free throw off the rim on the other end of the floor. He didn't get another chance thanks in part to Ford's hustle to get back on defense.

When Carr's shot rang off the rim, it took a bounce toward a Penn State player in the corner. Ford grabbed hold of the ball to force a jump ball and prevent the Nittany Lions from getting any kind of chance.

Ford's late recovery came in the absence of usual post presences Happ and Davison, who both had fouled out.

"He really hustled for that loose ball," Gard said. "There were a lot of winning plays, so to speak that were made. "We need to make better decisions down the stretch so that it doesn't get to that point."

Trusting Carr
Chambers had no issue with Carr, who was just 5-for-22 from the field, pulling up for the final 3-pointer even though Penn State's crafty point guard might've had room toward the hoop.

The clock was ticking and Chambers trusts his leading scorer who entered the game with 20.6 points per game, 39 assists and 19-for-32 from 3-point range.

"Whatever Tony thought," Chambers said. "I'm not in his vision. I'm on the sideline. I don't know what he saw but he's a heck of a player and he makes really good decisions. So I'm going to trust that decision."

Tough stats to swallow
Wisconsin's bench chipped in 25 points to Penn State's one.

Meanwhile, of Penn State's 29 misses, 11 were layups that didn't fall.

The big picture
Wisconsin: The Badgers are the only team to have played four ranked opponents so far and were tied or within a basket with two minutes left in three of those games. They looked better than their record inside the Bryce Jordan Center, matching Penn State's physical play throughout and frustrating Penn State's shooters all night.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions continue to play solid defense, but those stingy efforts will be for nothing if Penn State's shooters continue to miss like they did early and midway through against the Badgers. Penn State finished 26 for 50 from the floor.

Up next
Wisconsin concludes a three-day trip through the Keystone State at Temple (4-2) on Wednesday.

Penn State hosts George Washington (4-4) on Saturday.