College basketball roundup: Taylor's torrid outing lifts Penn State past Longwood

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Patrick Chambers has talked about his players "earning the right" to shoot in Penn State's non-conference schedule.

By that, he means a player who puts in extra time in the offseason and after practice earns the right to take an open shot.

On Sunday, it was forward Brandon Taylor's turn to earn the right to shoot, and shoot often.

Taylor scored a career-high 25 points as Penn State surged in the second half to dispatch visiting Longwood (2-3), 93-67.

"If you put the preparation in, there's no stress, no worry," Chambers said. "Rhythm shots -- take 'em. He's earned the right to take 16 shots."

Taylor was joined in double figures by D.J. Newbill with 23 points and Ross Travis, with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

"I thought going into the game that their post guys would pose a unique problem for us," Longwood coach Jayson Gee said. "I don't believe we'll be the only team to struggle with their ability to shoot the ball deep."

The unselfish Nittany Lions (4-1) piled up 25 assists, eight by point guard Tim Frazier and seven by Newbill, who also had nine rebounds.

"I'm definitely getting in the gym more after practice, getting shots up," said Taylor, who made 9 of 16 field goals, including 5 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line. "When Tim and D.J. penetrate and get into the gaps, my job is to spot up and get open."

"His confidence is sky high," Chambers said. "It's great to see. I think it also validates that if you work hard, this is what can happen."

Newbill said the diversity of players leading the team in scoring and the high assist total are a reflection of the Nittany Lions' attitude and goals on offense.

"Our offense is clicking. We're hitting shots. Our offensive spacing is beautiful right now. We're making simple plays. No one's trying to be a hero. Guys are getting extra shots up. Right now we're in a good groove on offense," he said.

"It can't just be one or two guys. All five guys have got to come to play every day, and that's the beauty of our team."


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