Penn State got 19 second-half points from senior forward Brandon Taylor in holding off DePaul, 68-62, at the Jordan Center Tuesday afternoon.
Limited by foul trouble in the first half, Taylor finished with a game-high 22 points as the Nittany Lions improved to 2-0 on the season. The Blue Demons fell to 1-1.
The matchup was part of the Big Ten vs. Big East Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Penn State raced out to an early 11-2 lead, thanks to a pair of breakaway dunks (off steals) from freshman guard Josh Reaves. The Nittany Lions never trailed in the game.
DePaul managed to tie it 23-23 late in the first half, but never got closer to the lead than that. Taylor wrapped a pair of 3-pointers around halftime to boost PSU’s edge to 34-25.
The Blue Demons did not go away, though. They managed to cut the lead to three on seven different occasions, but Taylor and company responded each time.
Penn State sophomore guard Shep Garner nailed a triple with 1:29 remaining to make it 60-54, and that was pretty much that. Garner finished with 16 points and five assists.
Reaves and sophomore forward Payton Banks both had 10 points for the Lions.
Forward Mike Hurly led DePaul with 17 points and nine rebounds.
The win was the 100th of Lion coach Pat Chambers’ career (at Boston U. and PSU). See Chambers’ complete press conference above.