December 29, 2019 / 7:29 PM / 21 days ago

Watkins leads No. 20 Penn State in rout over Cornell

EditorsNote: Corrects to Watkins’ 4th double-double in graf 2; other minor edits

Dec 29, 2019; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; A general view of Bryce Jordan Center prior to the game between the Cornell Big Red and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Watkins had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Lamar Stevens also added 19 points, and No. 20 Penn State breezed past visiting Cornell 90-59 on Sunday.

It was the fourth double-double of the season for Watkins, who shot 9 for 10.

Myreon Jones added for the Nittany Lions, who improved to 11-2 and won their 13th consecutive home game, dating to last season.

Jimmy Boeheim led struggling Cornell with 17 points on 5-of-19 shooting. Terrance McBride added 12 for the Big Red, who fell to 1-10 and dropped their 10th in a row after winning their season opener against Binghamton.

This was Cornell’s 53rd straight road loss against a ranked team.

Cornell’s Dean Noll was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul with 9:26 remaining in the first half for an elbow to the face of Jamari Wheeler. Following the foul, Watkins hit a jumper, Jones followed with a 3-pointer and the Penn State lead was 29-14.

After an empty offensive possession by the Big Red, Watkins finished an alley-oop dunk and Stevens drove the length of the court for a 33-14 advantage.

Penn State led 45-29 at halftime thanks in large part to Watkins’ team-high 16 points at the break.

Boeheim paced Cornell with 11, but missed seven of his 11 shots in the first half.

Izaiah Brockington (11 points) started the second half in place of Wheeler, who never returned to the game.

Brockington made an immediate impact as he converted a difficult layup as the Nittany Lions quickly pulled ahead 54-34.

Cornell later missed three straight shots and Penn State moved further ahead 61-36 following a three-point play by Brockington.

The Big Red continued to struggle with their shooting and trailed 62-38 with 12:23 remaining. They were just 14 of 36 with Boeheim hitting just 5 of 17 on their way to a 24-point deficit.

Jones eventually hit a 3-pointer to cap an 8-0 spurt and the Penn State advantage was suddenly 70-38 with 9:24 left.

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