Penn State holds off St. Francis, 65-58

Tim Frazier scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Penn State defeated St. Francis (Pa.) 65-58 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. D.J. Newbill, a transfer from Southern Mississippi, added 16 points for the Nittany Lions.

[ Penn State 65, St. Francis 58: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD ]

HALFTIME: Penn State held St. Francis (PA)’s offense to just seven first-half field goals, and the Nittany Lions lead 26-20 at halftime. Penn State built its lead by attacking the rim and getting to the foul line. The Nittany Lions shot 11-of-12 free throws in the first 20 minutes.

Trailing 10-9, the Red Flash went cold, going 3:56 without a point while Penn State went on a 9-0 run to open up a 10-point lead.

The long-distance game has been bottled up for the Nittany Lions, who made 1-of-12 from beyond the arc in the first half, while shooting 60 percent (6-of-10) on two-point shots.

Penn State’s Tim Frazier already has seven points. The Red Flash’s Kameron Ritter had a big first half, with four points.

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