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Penn State keeps bombs coming, drops Loyola (Maryland)

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Mar 3, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA;  Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Micah Shrewsberry directs his players during the first half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State picked up where it left off in its opening game, firing a barrage of 3-pointers at Loyola (Maryland) in a 90-65 victory Thursday night in State College, Pa.

Three nights after setting a program single-game record with 18 makes from long distance, the Nittany Lions (2-0) went 16 of 30 from beyond the arc.

In an equal-opportunity offense, nine Penn State players connected from distance, led by Camren Wynter, who made 3 of 4 on his way to a team-high 18 points.

Myles Dread came off the bench to make 4 of 7 shots from beyond the arc to account for his 12 points. Jalen Pickett fed the well-spaced Nittany Lions offense with 11 assists.

Kebba Njie did the work inside for Penn State, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds. The Nittany Lions led in rebounding 33-26.

Jaylin Andrews led Loyola (0-2) with 23 points. Golden Dike added 10 points and six rebounds.

The Nittany Lions needed little time to warm up. Before the game was five minutes old, Andrew Funk, Seth Lundy, Dallion Johnson and Wynter drained 3-pointers as Penn State built a 14-4 lead.

With Andrews scoring inside and out, Loyola fought back. When Dike made layups on consecutive possessions, the Greyhounds were within 21-19 with 8:49 left in the half.

Penn State answered with another long-range assault. In just over five minutes, Dread made a trio of 3-pointers. Wynter and Johnson added one each as the Nittany Lions took their biggest lead of the half at 40-26.

Penn State opened the second half just as it did the first. With a 10-2 run, fueled by 3-pointers from Wynter and Caleb Dorsey, the Nittany Lions stretched their advantage to 50-31.

The Greyhounds never challenged again. They finished at 46.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 31.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Nittany Lions finished at 57.9 percent and 53.3 percent from distance.

Through two games, Penn State is shooting 50 percent (34 of 68) on 3-point attempts.

–Field Level Media