Men's basketball roundup: Penn State rallies for win at home

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In this season of giving, Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said his team now has everything it needs.

Guard John Johnson made his presence felt in his first game for Penn State as the Nittany Lions rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to turn away pesky Mount St. Mary's, 92-82, Sunday at Bryce Jordan Center.

Johnson, who transferred from Pitt in December 2012, was eligible to play for the first time against the Mountaineers (3-8). He scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half.

Jordan Dickerson, a 7-footer who transferred from Southern Methodist in June, also made his debut with the Nittany Lions. Penn State learned Friday that the NCAA granted a waiver request for Dickerson to be able to play immediately, beginning Sunday.

"It just felt good to be out on the court after sitting out for a year and a half," Johnson said. "My teammates were looking for me and found open shots for me."

Chambers said the only thing that surprised him about Johnson's performance was his point total.

"Not 20, but I expected double figures," he said. "He's been doing it for a year now. I expected a good output."

Mount St. Mary's coach Jamion Christian admitted he had opposite feelings about Johnson's eligibility.

"I wasn't really happy when I found out he was playing, because we had a chance to see him at Pitt last year," he said. "Because of that we were doing a lot of game-planning for him a year ago, so we knew how talented he was. He's going to be a great player here at Penn State."

Four other Nittany Lions (9-4) scored in double figures: D.J. Newbill scored 18, Tim Frazier 15, Ross Travis 14 and Brandon Taylor 10.

More district

■ Purdue 73, West Virginia 70: Terone Johnson scored 20 points and made a couple of key free throws late to lead his Boilermakers (10-3) to a win at the Mountaineers (7-5). Freshman big man Devin Williams scored a career-high 20 points for West Virginia and recorded the fourth double-double of his young career with 12 rebounds. Eron Harris led the Mountaineers with 24 points.

■ Oakland 100, Robert Morris 94: Corey Petros, Travis Bader and Dante Williams combined for 72 points in leading host Oakland (4-10) past the Colonials (5-8). Petros had 26 points, Bader 24 and Williams 22. Lucky Jones was 9 of 16 shooting, including five 3-pointers in a 27-point scoring effort for Robert Morris.

Top 25

■ Connecticut 82, Washington 70: Shabazz Napier scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and grabbed six rebounds to lead No. 10 Connecticut (10-1) past Washington (6-5) in Seattle. Fellow guard Ryan Boatwright had 16 points and five rebounds and Lasan Kromah scored 14 points for the Huskies, who fell into a double-digit hole early in their first true road game.

■ Wichita State 77, North Carolina Central 66: Darius Carter scored 19 points to help the No. 11 host Shockers (12-0) survive Jeremy Ingram's 37-point night in a win against the Eagles (7-3).

■ Baylor 81, Southern 56: Isaiah Austin had 14 points and 10 rebounds as No. 12 Baylor (10-1) won its 10th home game in a row with a rout of Southern (3-9).

■ Iowa State 79, George Mason 67: Georges Niang scored 22 points and No. 17 Iowa State beat George Mason (5-5) in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. The Cyclones (9-0) had their second-lowest scoring game of the season but still managed to extend their winning streak.

■ Iowa 85, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61: Josh Oglesby scored 13 points in his season debut from a broken foot and No. 25 Iowa (11-2) rolled past the visiting Golden Eagles (2-9). The Hawkeyes opened their final non-conference game on a 39-5 run.

ACC

■ Auburn 77, Boston College 67: KT Harrell scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Tigers (6-3) past the visiting Eagles (4-8). Sophomore guard Olivier Hanlan scored 28 points for Boston College.

■ Miami 71, La Salle 58: Rion Brown had 17 points to lead host Miami (7-5) past La Salle (6-6).

Note

■ Notre Dame will be without leading scorer Jerian Grant for the rest of the season because of an academic problem. The university posted a statement from Grant, who was averaging 19 points per game, on its website that said he is no longer enrolled in the school because of an academic matter he didn't handle properly. He said he takes responsibility for his lack of good judgment and the poor decision he made.


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