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Lions throttle Wildcats

Penn State extended its first winning streak of the season to three games Sunday, jumping on New Hampshire early and never letting up in a 72-45 defeat of the Wildcats in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions (7-4) were sharp offensively and defensively and got some work for some of their deeper reserves.

Top performers: Jermaine Marshall led four Nittany Lions in double figures with 15 points and added four rebounds and three assists. Sasa Borovnjak had 11 points and Brandon Taylor and D.J. Newbill added 10 points each. Newbill added six rebounds.

Ferg Myrick had nine points for the Wildcats (4-7), who shot just 23 percent from the field.

What went right: Penn State hit some early shots from the perimeter and had it going in the mid-range game as well. The Nittany Lions controlled the glass against the smaller Wildcats, forced 15 turnovers and did a nice job of forcing New Hampshire into tough shots and keeping the Wildcats from establishing any kind of offensive rhythm. Donovon Jack was productive for the second straight game. More importantly, the Nittany Lions didn't have any long lulls as they have in previous games this season; they maintained their intensity throughout.

What went wrong: Penn State's free-throw shooting continues to be mediocre at best. After a hot start from the arc, the Nittany Lions made just three of their final 14 3-point attempts. Not much else to nit-pick, though.

Statworthy: Kevin Montminy recorded his first points of the season on a 3-pointer in the final seconds. … Nick Colella recorded his first free-throw attempt of the season, and made it. … Penn State committed just seven turnovers. … Nine different Nittany Lions scored.

Summary: The Nittany Lions did not display any sort of post-finals or holiday daze as they rolled over a New Hampshire squad that didn't have many weapons. Marshall and Taylor showed off confident strokes from the perimeter after their teammates worked to get them shots. Penn State played solid team defense and got the sort of 40-minute, confidence-building win it hadn't been able to find prior to Saturday. Once again, the Nittany Lions showed they can be dangerous if their shots fall and they back it up with consistent defense.

Up next: Penn State will wrap up its non-conference season at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Bryce Jordan Center against Duquesne.

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