When Patrick Chambers became the head men’s basketball coach at Penn State on June 6, 2011, he fervently believed the traditional football power could become a strong basketball program.
The Nittany Lions may be close to making Chambers’ vision a reality.
“We believe we’re headed in the right direction and we can accomplish what we want to,” Chambers said after Penn State topped St. John’s, 89-82, in overtime of the second game of the Barclays Center Classic Friday night in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tim Frazier scored 10 of his game-high 29 points in overtime. D.J. Newbill had 25 points and Ross Travis and Brandon Taylor each had 10 points for Penn State (6-1). The Nittany Lions will play undefeated Mississippi (5-0) today in the championship of the two-day tournament.
“It’s obviously a great win for our program,” Chambers said. “[But] we treat it like it’s the next game on our schedule. That has been our focus for three years [and] it remains our focus.”
D’Angelo Harrison led St. John’s (4-2) with 20 points. Max Hooper added 15 points and Phil Greene IV chipped in with 14. The Red Storm will meet Georgia Tech (5-2) in the consolation.
“It was an exhilarating game,” St. John’s coach Steve Lavin said. “Disappointing to lose in overtime, but a number of positive takeaways, elements that we can learn from.”
Penn State went into halftime with a 42-35 lead as they made exactly 50 percent of their shots from the field (14 for 18) and from 3-point range (7 for 14) in the first 20 minutes. The Nittany Lions led by as many as 15 at 62-47 after Allen Roberts’ 3-pointer with 10:52 left
■ Michigan State 98, Mount St. Mary’s 65: Keith Appling came off the bench to score 17 points and Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice added 15 apiece Friday to power No. 1 Michigan State (7-0) rout Mount St. Mary’s (2-6) and help the Spartans continue their domination of non-conference opponents at home in November. The most recent time the Spartans (7-0) lost at home in November was to a David Robinson-led Navy team on Nov. 29, 1986. Michigan State has won 74 consecutive games against unranked non-conference opponents at home. Michigan State — off to its best start since opening the 2000-01 season 12-0 — did not start Appling, Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson due to “classroom attendance issues.”
■ Villanova 63, Kansas 59: Ryan Arcidiacono made his only field goal a tieberaking 3-pointer with 10 seconds left and Darrun Hilliard and Dylan Ennis scored 14 points apiece to lead Villanova (6-0) to an upset of No. 2 Kansas (5-1) in a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Wildcats will play Iowa today in the championship.
■ Oklahoma State 69, Butler 67: Marcus Smart scored 17 points as No. 5 Oklahoma State (7-0) outlasted Butler (5-1) in an Old Spice Classic semifinal at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. With the Cowboys holding a 68-67 lead in the final minute, Smart missed three free throws, including the front end of a 1-and-1. Butler’s Khyle Marshall was fouled with 8.4 seconds remaining, but also missed his free throws. Le’Bryan Nash made it 69-67 by hitting 1 of 2 from the line before Butler’s Elijah Brown had his last-second 3 blocked. Butler (5-1) got 15 points from Brown.
■ Ohio State 99, North Florida 64: LaQuinton Ross broke out of a frigid shooting spell by scoring 17 points and No. 7 Ohio State (6-0) rode a 19-point first-half run to a victory against visiting North Florida (4-4). Amir Williams (18) and Amedeo Della Valle (17) each hit career highs for the Buckeyes. Aaron Craft added 16 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 10.
■ Louisville 69, Southern Mississippi 38: Chris Jones came off the bench to score 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and No. 9 Louisville (6-1) bounced back from its first loss to roll past visiting Southern Mississippi (6-1). Jones made 4 of 7 from long range and 5 of 10 overall. Louisville’s trademark pressure defense forced 22 turnovers and stifled the Golden Eagles at the start of both halves, holding them scoreless for nearly 12 combined minutes.
■ Oregon 85, Pacific 62: Mike Moser scored 19 points to help No. 14 Oregon (5-0) romp against visiting Pacific (4-1). The Ducks scored 20 consecutive points after halftime to break open a close game.
■ San Diego State 86, Creighton 8-: Xavier Thames scored six of his 26 points in the final 1:18, J.J. O’Brien had 15 points and seven rebounds and San Diego State (4-1) overcame 30 points by Doug McDermott to upset No. 20 Creighton (5-1) in the second round of the Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Calif.
■ Memphis 76, LSU 69: Austin Nichols scored 19 points, Chris Crawford had 17 and No. 21 Memphis (4-1) beat LSU (4-2) in a semifinal at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Memphis will play No. 5 Oklahoma State in the championship Sunday night.
■ Michigan 87, Coppin State 45: Playing without leading scorer Nik Stauskas, No. 22 Michigan (5-2) found plenty of offensive firepower to rout visiting Coppin State (2-3). Freshman Zak Irvin had 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range.
■ Iowa 89, Texas-El Paso 53: Aaron White scored 17 points, Zach McCabe added 14 and No. 23 Iowa (7-0) rolled into the championship of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Julian Washburn scored 13 for UTEP (4-3), which will play in the third-place game today.
■ Marquette 76, George Washington 60: Davante Gardner scored 20 points and had nine rebounds to lead No. 25 Marquette (5-2) in a semifinal win against George Washington (5-1) in the Wooden Legacy. Marquette used a 12-2 run early to build a double-digit lead, and never trailed.