Game Preview: Penn State vs. Maryland Eastern Shore

Audio/Story posted November 5, 2019 in Sports, CommRadio by Ben Mooney

Connor Griffin, Jack McCune and Ben Geller break down the Nittany Lions’ matchup with the Hawks of Maryland Eastern Shore in men’s basketball.

The Penn State Nittany Lions open up their season Tuesday at home against the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. This season holds high expectations for the Nittany Lions as many experts are predicting them to be a tournament team. Anything but a birth into the big dance may be seen as a letdown for a team with such high aspirations.

Things to watch

Senior Lamar Stevens will look to start off his season the right way. The 6-foot-8 forward was second in points per game last year in the Big Ten, only behind now Boston Celtic Carsen Edwards. Stevens led Penn State in scoring by a long shot, as the next best scorer had only 11.6 points per game.

Stevens struggled from beyond the arc though as he shot only 22 percent from 3-point range. Look for Stevens to try and get his shot in rhythm this game to hopefully carry on and space the floor for the entire season.

With only three players averaging double digits in scoring for the Nittany Lions, they are in need of help scoring the basketball this season if they hope to be a true contender. In comes Izaiah Brockington, a 6-foot-4 guard transfer from St. Bonaventure University that sat out last season due to transfer rules.

In his one season with the Bonnies, Brockington not only got NCAA tournament experience, but averaged 14.8 points off the bench and shot 41 percent from 3-point range. As the bulk of Penn States scoring comes from the inside, expect Brockington to get open looks as well as maybe pull a defender from the inside.

Keys to the game

For Penn State, getting a big lead early will almost certainly take the Hawks out of the game. If they allow the Hawks a chance to stick around, a mistake or two could flip the game and an upset may be on alert.

If Penn State is able to get out to an early lead, it is key for them to try and find what kind of team they want to be this season. The more depth a team has, the farther of a run they have seems to be a new trend in college basketball and in a game like this, the Nittany Lions need to find out just how much depth they have.

For Maryland Eastern Shore, they need to capitalize on every opportunity given to them to have a chance to stay in the game. They will also need to create turnovers and force Penn State to make mental errors if they want a chance to pull off the upset.

Final analysis

The Nittany Lions are looking at an easy home opener if they come to play. Not having bad possessions offensively and playing tough defense from the start, will hopefully set the tone for the game and the season.

Prediction: Penn State 77, Maryland Eastern Shore 45
 

 

Ben Mooney is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email bpm5502@psu.edu.

About the Contributors

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Jack McCune

Sophomore / Broadcast Journalism

Jack McCune is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism from Yardley, Pennsylvania which is outside of Philly and just across the Delaware River from New Jersey. He attended Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. He’s a huge fan of the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, Penn State football and Penn State basketball. He’s a producer for CommRadio News and is involved in CommRadio Sports. His CommRadio show, Broad Street Bros, airs Tuesdays at 7:30. He hopes to some day become a play-by-play announcer for football, basketball and/or baseball and he is also interested in becoming a bartender.

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Connor Griffin

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Connor is a sophomore from Horsham, Pennsylvania. This is his first year working with CommRadio, and his focus is primarily in sports. Last year, he worked for Penn State Athletics Strategic Communications as an assistant to all of Penn State’s sports information directors. This past summer, he shadowed Williamsport WRAK 1400’s play-by-play coverage of the Little League World Series, and he interned with the sports department of the NBC affiliate news station in Charleston, South Carolina. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Ben Mooney

Freshman / Broadcast Journalism

Ben is a freshman from Franklinville, NY and this is his first year with Comm Radio. His focus is primarily on sports. He hopes to one day do play-by-play for a major sports network. For now though, Ben is an analyst on podcasts and a writer. He can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)