December 20, 2017 / 2:27 AM / in a year

Balanced attack leads Penn State past Binghamton

Balanced attack leads Penn State past Binghamton

Five Penn State players finished in double figures and the Nittany Lions pulled away from Binghamton 80-65 on Tuesday in State College, Pa.

Mike Watkins scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Penn State (10-3), which won its third straight.

Shep Garner made 5 of 7 3-point attempts for 15 points, and Tony Carr and Josh Reaves added 15 apiece to help the Nittany Lions snap the Bearcats’ seven-game winning streak.

J.C. Show had 13 points for Binghamton (8-5). Tyler Stewart and Thomas Bruce added 12 and 10, respectively, for the Bearcats.

Penn State led for all but 2:49 and went up by 15 with 2:39 to play on Garner’s final 3-pointer.

The Nittany Lions jumped in front 8-0 before the Bearcats settled in, chipping away with a handful of mid-range shots and a pair of 3-pointers.

Binghamton got a pair of deep treys back-to-back from Snow and Stewart to take a 19-16 lead — their first and last — with 10:39 to play in the first.

The Nittany Lions leaned on Watkins for the latter half of the first. He scored six points in a 1:38 span to help Penn State take a 39-36 lead into halftime.

Penn State made 57.4 percent of its shots, including 15 of 23 in the second half.

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