BAYAMON, Puerto Rico – Tim Frazier had 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Penn State earned a 55-52 overtime win over Providence at the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Friday.
Jermaine Marshall added 13 points for the Nittany Lions (2-1).
D.J. Newbill scored four of Penn State’s 12 points in the overtime as the Nittany Lions held on for the win. Penn State faces Akron on Saturday.
Kadeem Batts shot only 2 for 12 from the field, but led Providence (2-2) with 17 points and added 11 rebounds. He went 13 for 15 from the free throw line.
Batts scored the Friars’ last eight points in regulation, all on free throws. His final two with 14 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 43 and forced overtime.
Josh Fortune added 15 points and LaDontae Henton had 11 for the Friars, who used only six players.
The teams struggled to score in the first half and the Friars took a 16-14 lead.
“Obviously, we came here to win. But when we came here, all hell broke loose,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said. “We’ll be all right once we get a couple of healthy bodies. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys – everybody did something. It was a great game for us.”
Pitt-Greensburg 74, Waynesburg 61: Brock Witkowski and Dylan Reigel each scored 12 points to lead Pitt-Greensburg to a 74-61 victory over cold-shooting Waynesburg Friday night in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Geneva College.
Waynesburg shot only 31 percent from the field and trailed for much of the game.
Kenny Klase came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points and make four of Waynesburg’s five three-point field goals.
Jacob Fleegle scored 14 points and Jason Propst had 12 for the Yellow Jackets, who play Penn State-Fayette tonight.
John Carroll 71, Waynesburg 66: Erin Mog scored a game-high 23 points to lead John Carroll to a 71-66 season-opening victory over Waynesburg in the first round of the Allegheny tournament.
Waynesburg was unable to overcome a horrid start as the yellow Jackets fell behind 22-5 less than 10 minutes into the game. The Yellow Jackets, who have four starters back from a 20-win team last season, pulled to within 33-26 at halftime. After the break, Waynesburg closed to within four points twice, the last time at 40-36. But JCU pushed the lead back to 10 points and Waynesburg could get no closer than five for the rest of the game.
Allison Long scored 15 points and Melissa Spahar had 13 for John Carroll, which won only nine games last season.
Brittany Spencer led Waynesburg with 19 points. Hayden Giulani was the only other Yellow Jacket in double figures with 10 points.