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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Lamar Stevens scored 15 of his 25 points in the second half and Penn State beat Montana 70-57 on Wednesday night.
Shep Garner and Josh Reaves added 12 apiece for the Nittany Lions (3-0) who led for all but 2:58.
Ahmaad Rorie led the Grizzlies (2-1) with 16 points and Michael Oguine chipped in 15, including a 3-pointer that pulled Montana within three with 3:21 to play.
But Garner, who suffered a cut to his face late in the half, returned and drilled back-to-back 3-pointers immediately thereafter to put the game out of reach.
The teams swapped the lead six times before the Nittany Lions went ahead for good on a Nazeer Bostick dunk with 12:09 to play in the first half and Penn State led 34-29 at intermission.
Penn State lost guard Tony Carr to an injury in the second half. Carr, the team’s leading scorer, appeared to hurt his right leg as he took a step waiting for his offense to set up. He went to the locker room with help, limped back to the team’s bench and spent some time riding a stationary bike. He did not return to the game.
Montana: The Grizzlies have plenty of talent. Rorie and Oguine are going to keep putting up points and will give this team a chance to win the Big Sky conference if they play like they did against the bigger Nittany Lions.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions are off to the type of start coach Patrick Chambers wanted to see. Fueled by their aggressive defense, Penn State has held teams to an average of 63 points per game thus far.
Montana hosts Oral Roberts on Monday.
Penn State hosts Columbia as part of the Legends Classic on Friday.
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