Frazier Leads Lions to Win

Despite the junior's double-double, Chambers says he expects even more from his athletic point guard.

Penn State beat Radford 62-46 at the Jordan Center Monday night behind guard Tim Frazier's second career double-double. The junior had 20 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals.

Afterward, first-year Nittany Lion coach Pat Chambers said those great stats were not enough.

“I'm very greedy and I'm an old point guard,” Chambers said. “So I want more out of Tim Frazier, if you could imagine. … 'I'm asking for more,' means even more leadership, even better habits. We're always trying to create the best habits we can for the most difficult situations.”

The lone returning starter from last season's NCAA Tournament team, Frazier has welcomed the leadership role, even if he feels he's not quite as good as he can be in that regard.

“I'm growing each day as a leader,” he said. “I'm not completely there yet. You can always learn something each day. I'm trying to get into coach's head every day and figure out new leadership (ways). I'm trying to be his mind on the court.”

Asked how difficult it is to get into the head of the high-strung Chambers, Frazier replied, “It's definitely tough.”

That was only after Chambers had snapped off a quick, “My wife is still trying.”

Indeed, Chambers always seems to be thinking three steps ahead of everyone else. At Big Ten Media Day in October, he was heaping praise on Frazier, saying he was as good as the outstanding guards he worked with as an assistant at Villanova (Kyle Lowry, Corey Fisher, Scottie Reynolds and Randy Foye).

After Frazier opened the season with back-to-back games of showing signs of such ability against lower Division I talent, the head coach acted quickly to prevent him from becoming overconfident by saying he needed more. All with good reason.

“He's a very important piece,” Chambers admitted.

Highlander coach Mike Jones wanted less out of Frazier. He game-planned for the super quick guard, telling his overmatched players to “wall him off, not let him have any areas where he could get in the lane.”

That didn't go so well. After the Lions got off to a slow start as a team, Frazier took over. He slashed to the rim and scored. When the walls came up, he passed out to open teammates.

Jones summed it up best.

“He executed his game plan better than we did (ours),” he said.

“You've got to respect Tim Frazier,” Chambers added. “Because if you don't, he's going to hurt you.”


• No other Lion was in doubles. Freshman guard Trey Lewis had nine points.

• Forward Billy Oliver was 2 of 10 from the arc. Chambers said he does not care how many shots a player misses, provided he competes in other areas. Oliver logged 28 minutes.

• Guard Jermaine Marshall returned from a suspension (apparently he was out for academic reasons). He logged 10 minutes and scored four points. Chambers said Marshall had to “earn” his way back on the team.

• Penn State is in the middle of playing five games in nine days. Chambers inherited the crazy schedule from former coach Ed DeChellis. “It wasn't me,” he said. “But I don't mind it. For kids, it's great. For coaches, not so great.”

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