La Salle (2-1) at Penn State (2-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) -- University Park, Pennsylvania. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: La Salle 2-1, PSU 1-1. Away Record: La Salle 0-0, PSU 1-0. Neutral Record: La Salle 0-0, PSU 0-0. Conference Record: La Salle 0-0, PSU 0-0. Series Record: La Salle leads, 3-1.
GAME NOTES: A battle between Keystone State programs takes place in Happy Valley tonight, as the Penn State Nittany Lions host the La Salle Explorers.
For La Salle, a school based in Philadelphia, this game marks the first on the road this season, after beginning 2013-14 with three straight at Tom Gola Arena. The squad is riding a two-game win streak thanks to a 73-67 triumph over Quinnipiac a week ago and a 78-74 victory versus Siena over the weekend.
As for the Nittany Lions, they too have a pair of wins in the first three games of the season, the lone setback coming against Bucknell at home last Wednesday (90-80). More recently, PSU rebounded with an 83-71 decision versus Penn at The Palestra.
The Explorers have taken three of the previous four encounters with PSU, including a commanding 82-57 decision at The Palestra last season.
In a game that featured three ties and six lead changes, the Explorers somehow got away with only 37.5 percent shooting from the floor and 6-of-23 (.261) behind the 3-point line in the four-point win against Siena. A key reason for the victory was La Salle's advantage at the free-throw line where it outscored the Saints by a 24-5 margin.
Tyreek Duren led the way with 20 points, but Jerrell Wright delivered a double-double with 15 and 11 boards, followed by Sam Mills and Tyrone Garland with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Despite shooting only 36.4 percent from the floor, Duren leads the Explorers in scoring after three games with his 18.0 ppg, while Garland checks in with 17.0 ppg as he too has issues from the field at a mere 32.6 percent. The pair has combined to make just 6-of-25 beyond the arc, the team 29.4 percent on such attempts, and still the group is producing 80.3 ppg.
Penn State scored the first points of the meeting and led by double digits just over four minutes in against the Quakers, en route to a commanding 47-24 lead at halftime, but just a 12-point victory after 40 minutes of action. Tim Frazier erupted for a game-high 29 points, shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 11-of-12 at the free-throw line, while also handing out seven assists to offset his six turnovers. D.J. Newbill tacked on 19 points and Ross Travis grabbed 11 rebounds for the visitors.
After three games, Frazier is back where he belongs, at the top of the scoring list for the Nittany Lions with 22.3 ppg. One of the most well-rounded performers in the Big Ten Conference, Frazier is also good for 5.3 rpg and leads the group with 18 assists and six steals. Newbill is a great complement with his 18.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while Brandon Taylor (11.3 ppg) and Travis (10.3 ppg) supply added offense.
As this is the first game in the series to be played on a home floor for either school, expect the Nittany Lions and Frazier to take advantage of that fact as they come away with the win tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 77, La Salle 66
11/19 10:53:49 ET