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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Tony Carr scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half and Penn State beat Fairleigh Dickinson 81-57 on Sunday.
Josh Reaves added 17 points, Mike Watkins finished with 15 and Lamar Stevens and Nazeer Bostick chipped in 12 apiece for the Nittany Lions (2-0) who led by 16 at halftime.
Mike Holloway Jr. led Fairleigh Dickinson (0-2) with 19 points while Jahlil Jenkins added 14 for the Knights.
Penn State took the lead for good midway through the first half on a Reaves layup, his third field goal of the game, and closed out the first half on a 21-6 run. Carr drove to the hoop for a buzzer-beating layup to give Penn State a 45-29 halftime lead.
Fairleigh Dickinson: The Knights’ 2015-16 Northeast Conference championship seems long ago, mostly because they’ve lost an awful lot recently. After starting conference play 8-1 last season, the Knights went 1-8 over their final nine. They’ll need more consistency from a mix of upper and underclassmen to return to the top of the NEC.
Penn State: Watkins’ return from a mysterious absence that coach Pat Chambers described as an “in-house” issue gives Penn State a much needed physical presence down low. It will also give Chambers even more options on defense. The big man, who led the team in blocks and rebounds last season, looked fresh and prepared in his 20 minutes of action.
Fairleigh Dickinson hosts FDU-Florham on Wednesday.
Penn State hosts Montana as an early part of the Legends Classic on Wednesday.
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