Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn State Grabs Opening Win

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn State Grabs Opening Win

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Most of his team's goals realized, Penn State coach Patrick Chambers was content to take a 74-62 victory Saturday against visiting Wagner for what it was -- a season-opening win.

What it wasn't was a solid shooting display from the field or free-throw line, but Chambers got a more than satisfactory day from a backcourt that he knows will be the Nittany Lions' key to success this season.

Tim Frazier scored 25 points and D.J. Newbill added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Penn State past Wagner.

Frazier also pulled down 10 rebounds in a successful return from an Achilles tendon injury that kept him out for all but four games in 2012-13.

Frazier admitted to pregame jitters and it showed with just seven first-half points. But as his scoring pace quickened in the second half with 18, Penn State took control against a Wagner team that was named the preseason favorite in the Northeast Conference.

"I had so many jitters running through my veins," Frazier said. "I had to keep breathing and breathing, and I've waited so long to step back on the court with these guys.

"I'll never forget this day."

Frazier said Newbill helped calm him down. Chambers did as well.

"It was just him and I before we ran out and it was a nice moment together," Chambers said about Frazier's comeback.

Brandon Taylor scored nine points and Ross Travis added eight for Penn State, which won its 10th consecutive season-opening home game.

Wagner trimmed a 12-point halftime deficit to 33-30 when Penn State missed its first eight field-goal attempts of the second half.

The Nittany Lions responded with a 21-10 run capped by Frazier's 3-pointer to lead 54-41 with 8:21 to go.

The Lions didn't allow Wagner to within nine points after that. "We made a bunch of mental mistakes the first half," Frazier said. "They drew up some plays we hadn't seen before. …

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