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Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK — Tim Frazier led five Penn State players in double figures with 15 points, and the Nittany Lions defeated Mount St. Mary's, 72-43, on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Cammeron Woodyard had 14 points, Billy Oliver 13 and Jermaine Marshall and Sasa Borovnjak scored 10 points apiece as Penn State (7-5) closed on a 27-9 run. The Mountaineers (1-9) got 11 points from Raven Barber and 10 from Chad Holley.

Penn State connected on nine of its first 11 field goal attempts of the second half and led, 50-34, after Frazier scored on a drive with just over 11 minutes remaining. Frazier extended the lead to 54-34 with a coast-to-coast layup two minutes later. The Nittany Lions shot 67 percent in the second half.



Penn State 103, Wagner 42 — In University Park, Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 23 points to lead No. 16 Penn State to a victory over Wagner.

The Lions (9-2) got off to a slow start, then put together a 33-3 run to take a 35-10 lead. Lucas capped the run with two free throws and had 18 points in the first half.

Veronick Fournier had 12 points and six rebounds for Wagner (2-8), which was outrebounded, 54-42.

The Lions held Wagner to 16 percent shooting in the first half and led, 57-19, at halftime. Sparked by ball pressure from guards Bentley, Zhaque Gray and Ariel Edwards, Penn State forced 24 turnovers and had 12 steals.

"If I'm running the point, I do not want to see that threesome coming at me," Lucas said. "I thought they played the top really well."

The exception was the first two-plus minutes of the game, when Fournier's 3-pointer gave Wagner a 7-2 lead.

Penn State took over from there, turning up the pressure on the perimeter and dominating inside on offense, where it held a 50-14 advantage in points in the paint.

"You hope the first media timeout to keep the game close. The second media timeout, you look up and you see where things are at — and things were going bad in a hurry," Wagner coach Gela Mikalauskas said. "Their defensive pressure had a lot to do with it in the first half."

Morehead State 75, Robert Morris 69 — In Morehead, Ky., the Colonials remained winless on the road despite a season-high 15 points from April Williams.

Robert Morris (7-3) committed a season-worst 29 turnovers to fall to 0-3 away from Sewall Center. Artemis Spanou added 15 points, and Mary Durojaye had nine points and 13 rebounds.

Ashar Harris paced the Eagles (3-8) with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

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