Penn State basketball routs Oral Roberts, improves to 6-1
UNIVERSITY PARK — Nazeer Bostick and Jamari Wheeler scored 14 points apiece, and Penn State beat Oral Roberts, 86-48, on Friday.
Tony Carr added 13 points, and Josh Reaves chipped in all 10 of his in the first half for the Nittany Lions (6-1), who remained hot at home with a 5-0 start and bounced back from an 11-point loss to No. 16 Texas A&M on Tuesday night in the Progressive Legends Classic championship game.
“I wanted to see how we responded, and I think they did a really good job,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “Leadership was there, discipline was there.”
Emmanuel Nzekwesi led the Golden Eagles (1-5) with 11 points, and Jontray Harris added nine.
Penn State never trailed and led 38-19 at halftime. The Nittany Lions built on that quickly, opening the second half with a 27-9 run for a 65-28 lead midway through the second half. Carr scored seven points, Garner made a pair of 3-pointers, and Mike Watkins ended the surge with a dunk — the third dunk during the stretch.
Penn State racked up 14 steals and forced 18 turnovers against Oral Roberts.
Jamari Wheeler had five steals and Josh Reaves had four against the Golden Eagles. The Nittany Lions entered the game third in the nation in total steals with 63.
Penn State travels to N.C. State on Wednesday.