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Mike Watkins' double-double powers Penn State past Rutgers

| Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE — Mike Watkins scored 15 points, grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and Penn State beat Rutgers, 60-43, on Saturday.

Tony Carr led Penn State with 16 points and Josh Reaves added 15 for the Nittany Lions (15-8, 5-5 Big Ten), who took control just before halftime for their second straight win.

Issa Thiam scored 12 points for Rutgers (12-11, 2-8), which made just 31 percent of their field goals on 16-of-51 shooting, and have lost five of its last six games.

After nine lead changes in the opening 17 minutes, Penn State took the lead for good after Watkins hit a short jumper to spark a 7-0 run. Carr capped it with back-to-back baskets to give Penn State a 28-23 lead at half.

The Nittany Lions pulled away in the second with an opening 9-0 run and extended their lead to as many as 18 with 2:34 to play.

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