Brandon Taylor’s slump didn’t last long.
Four days after being held to a season-low two points in a win at Boston College, Penn State’s senior captain and leading scorer regained his form to notch a double-double (27 points, 12 rebounds) in an 81-70 victory over Eastern Michigan at the Jordan Center.
The point total was a career high for the forward.
The Nittany Lions improved to 5-2 with their third straight victory, while the Eagles slipped to 5-3.
Though long, lean and athletic, EMU was no match for Penn State’s Big Ten brawn. The Lions dominated the paint, holding a 49-32 edge off the glass. They had 19 offensive rebounds and 17 second-chance points.
And Taylor was in the middle of it all. He nearly had a double-double at the half, with 13 points and nine rebounds. Meanwhile, he operated effectively from the high post all game, scoring and passing to open teammates in the heart of the Eagle zone.
Forward Payton Banks also had a career high for PSU, scoring 17 points. Shep Garner had 16 points and six assists. Garner went 8 of 8 from the free throw line to help State ice the game.
The 81 points marked a season high for the Lions.
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