Penn State basketball continued its season struggles in the Boardwalk Classic
There were some high expectations for Penn State basketball heading into the 2018-19 season, as head coach Patrick Chambers returned a lot of experience, mixed with some young, fresh new talent. However, the Nittany Lions have struggled to start the new year, and that was no different on Saturday.
Penn State took on NC State in the Boardwalk Classic in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and although the Nittany Lions hung close, they found themselves defeated 89-78 when it was all over.
Facing a Wolfpack team that was 8-1 heading into Saturday’s contest, the Nittany Lions knew they’d be facing an uphill battle. However, they started strong and trailed by just three points at the break.
In the second half, the Nittany Lions stayed hot and took over the lead midway through the half. Unfortunately, a breakdown by Penn State late in the half led to 25-8 run by the Wolfpack that did the Nittany Lions in.
Freshman guard Rasir Bolton led all scorers with 25 points. He nailed three of his five three-point attempts and went 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Fellow guard Josh Reaves pitched in 15 points, while Lamar Stevens add 11 points and six rebounds.
However, the Nittany Lions got just 13 points from their bench. That, paired with a team total of just 42 percent from the field doomed the Nittany Lions. Penn State also really struggled from behind the arc, shooting just 35 percent.
Aside from poor shooting, the Nittany Lions were out-rebounded 40-29.
NC State guard Braxton Beverly led the Wolfpack with 18 points and five assists. The Wolfpack shot 60 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point land.
The loss dropped Penn State to 5-5 on the year. The Nittany Lions will next take the court on December 19 at Duquesne.