Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jack Has Career Night in Victory Five Nittany Lions Hit Double Figures

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jack Has Career Night in Victory Five Nittany Lions Hit Double Figures

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Opponents know that beating Penn State means containing its talented guard tandem of Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill. But when two of the Nittany Lions' bigs combine to hit 6 of 10 3-pointers, that's a combination that can't be stopped.

Forward Donovan Jack scored a career-high 18 points to lead all scorers and lift Penn State to a 79-72 win Tuesday night against La Salle at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.

"Nobody's happier for Donovan than his teammates and our staff," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "He sacrificed in the summer. He worked on developing his body and his skill set. Donovan Jack really stepped up tonight."

Penn State (3-1) got double-digit scoring from five players as it pulled away in the second half.

Brandon Taylor, Newbill and Frazier scored 15 each, Ross Travis added 13, and Frazier had 11 assists for the double-double.

Jack made 4 of 6 from beyond the arc and Taylor added 2 of 4. Those numbers forced La Salle (2-2) into a 2-3 zone in the second half to try to cool down Penn State from the outside.

"Anytime you add another 3-point shooter to your team it dramatically changes it, especially when it's a big guy," said La Salle coach Dr. John Giannini. "He'll be open all year long. I don't know if he'll shoot 4 out of 6 every night, but he's clearly a good shooter."

Jack made 2 of 3 3-pointers in the first half and exceeded his previous best scoring output of 8 with 10 points at the half.

"I just went with the game. Coach always tells us to play within the game," Jack said.

The Explorers led at the half, 42-40, and extended the lead to 56- 52 with 13:03 left in the game, forcing a Nittany Lions timeout.

In that timeout, Frazier said Penn State never lost its resolve.

"We kept battling. We talked about attitude, defend and rebound," Frazier said. "Eventually we ended up doing that. We made some big stops and we had guys on the ground."

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