Episode 49: Penn State Defeats Quinnipiac & Jalen Pickett Shines

Nittany Lions Guard Jalen Pickett put on a show as Penn State defeated Quinnipiac 77-68. Join Vince as he recaps the moments and highlights from this game. WE ARE!

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Vince:

00:00:00.29 – 00:00:15.78 

 Hello Nittany Lion fans today we are here to recap Penn State’s 77 to 60 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats Uh This game started off really slow for the Nittany Lions It was a bit of a defensive struggle

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Vince:

00:00:15.94 – 00:00:42.8 

 The bobcats are a really solid basketball team They were nine and three coming into this contest and being down Seth Lundy I thought that this would be a tough matchup There were not many fans in the B J C Due to the inclement weather We had thursday So you know a bit of a difficult situation to come into an environment home game you know kind of with a quiet atmosphere

Vince:

00:00:43.06 – 00:01:05.05 

 However the Nittany Lions brought a lot of energy They played really well defensively they held the Bobcats to a mere 23 points in the first half So Penn State was really excellent on the defensive end in the first half Towards the end of the first half they did go on a little bit of a run It was relatively close but they got to

Vince:

00:01:05.23 – 00:01:22.56 

 a 10 point lead by the time half halftime hit cam winter was definitely the leader in the first half for the lines He had a great game day almost getting a double double He had 12 points and nine rebounds with six of 13 from the field So he was nearly really efficient

Vince:

00:01:22.88 – 00:01:50.11 

 hitting nearly 50% of his shots So he had a really nice day Another guy that had a really great day was Jalen Pickett He was a little bit quieter in the first half hour in the second half He just took over the game Uh he had 21 points 12 rebounds and nine assists so becoming so close to you know getting his second triple double of the season Uh he looked good took a lot of shots 23 so

Vince:

00:01:50.4 – 00:02:14.99 

 he was definitely running the offense through him and this was a really tough shooting night for the nitty lines They were only two of 16 from behind the arc in the first half So Penn State definitely relied on their defense to get a win against the bobcats Um with the uh unavailability of Seth lundy there were other guys that needed to step up

Vince:

00:02:15.21 – 00:02:37.04 

 miles Dredd took a lot of those minutes He played 28 minutes but the guy who got the nod was Mikey Hen and he put he displayed a terrific offensive performance He was always moving to the right spot Finding the open lanes His fundamentals in the low post are just fantastic and a real pleasure to watch

Vince:

00:02:37.38 – 00:02:53.89 

 You know you can tell that he’s looking at guys to move faster Jameel Brown was another guy who I thought did pretty well today getting more minutes only had two points but had two rebounds and a big block on the defensive end Um he you could tell Mikey Hen is

Vince:

00:02:54.29 – 00:03:22.06 

 you know being 1/7 year guy he he is very high with his basketball I q uh there was a time where he was kind of looking at Jamil to passing the ball quicker and get the ball rotated around the perimeter faster to create the shot So he definitely knows how to run the offense really well and I was really impressed with his play tonight He was four or five from the field um really and could really do it all you know knocking down 11 points in 13 minutes So

Vince:

00:03:22.24 – 00:03:36.32 

 um he’s a guy I’ve been wanting to see more of and I’m happy to see him getting some more minutes unhappy that it’s probably because of the lundy injury but it is nice to see him shine once he’s had the opportunity

Vince:

00:03:37.8 – 00:03:55.46 

 Yeah In the second half it was pretty much the the Andrew funk show Andrew had 16 points in the last 16 45 of the game no points in the first half but when he got hot he got hot he knocked down a couple three pointers Uh he also had some drives to the rim

Vince:

00:03:55.58 – 00:04:12.1 

 He was using the pump fake well to get defenders in the air take one dribble in and take a mid range jumper He also had some nice assists today three assists He was able to find cabbage I cutting towards the basket for an easy layup or dunk So he was moving really efficiently today

Vince:

00:04:12.83 – 00:04:32.83 

 Uh and speaking of cabbage I uh man he’s he’s looking like he’s starting to catch up with the speed of the game This is really nice to see He got 19 minutes had eight points three rebounds and astonishing four blocks on the defensive end today He was he was starting to look like he belongs more and

Vince:

00:04:33.22 – 00:05:03.12 

 you know it’s really nice to see the growth of cuba He did have three fouls today A couple of them were a little ticky tacky But yeah his his growth is phenomenal He had four blocks today He was four or five from the free throw line which that’s something he’s been struggling with at times and offensively I like that they’re trying to feed him more and get kevin more involved So that’s I’m really loving that part And because if we get to the ball more on the post and

Vince:

00:05:03.53 – 00:05:11.05 

 he’s winning his match ups that’s gonna bring in double teams which will open in three point opportunities for the sneaky lion team

Vince:

00:05:11.64 – 00:05:37.41 

 Late in the first half of or the second half of the game Quinnipiac did make a bit of the run it did get close to 20 points at one point However Quinnipiac made a push they made some tough shots uh lines had a couple turnovers but overall this was a really good day for the lines they did only have three turnovers Uh quinnipiac had eight so they won the turnover battle which was huge

Vince:

00:05:37.54 – 00:06:05.09 

 Uh The bobcats did do a little better on the boards They had 42 rebounds to 37 including 14 of those being on the offensive end This created some more opportunities for the bobcats and really what kept the bobcats in this game was their three point shooting they were 12 for 31 just below 40% shooting So that really kept them in the game Penn State was only six for 29 shooting out of 21% clip

Vince:

00:06:05.28 – 00:06:29.26 

 So we really relied on getting to the paint and drawing a lot of fouls and knocking down our free throws Uh Penn State got 17 from the line today and knocking down 1588% That’s close to that 90 mark which is really good for a team field goals overall we’re good to 41% compared to quinnipiac being 31%

Vince:

00:06:29.68 – 00:06:44.57 

 I think a lot of that is due to the presence of cabbage i in the post He’s altering a lot of shots getting a lot of blocks and doing a lot of good things for this Penn State team and it’s really great to see that growth and see him hitting his drive heading into the winter break here

Vince:

00:06:45.85 – 00:07:07.24 

 So by the end of the game we did end up winning by nine which is kind of what I expected This Quinnipiac team is a solid squad there 93 this is probably their biggest game of the year They I think they have a good chance to to win their conference championship and potentially be an NC double A tournament team uh really competitive

Vince:

00:07:08.28 – 00:07:34.67 

 and I saw a lot from Penn State that I like they found a way to win I thought they were gonna win around 8 to 10 points against a pretty solid team And when you lose a guy like Seth lundy uh that makes it really hard when you’re missing one of your best players especially one of his ability and kind of something that I saw that was good was Seth was not in a cast or a boot

Vince:

00:07:34.9 – 00:08:04.55 

 He was walking around a little bit in the pregame warmups wasn’t doing any running or jumping or or anything but he he seemed okay He was standing there dribbling around and I hope he’s able to get back to back to full health in the new year The lines will be okay without him next week against Delaware State which is a to win basketball team So you know we’ll be fine heading we don’t need him for that game There’s no need to rush him back even if he is healthy

Vince:

00:08:06.57 – 00:08:11.83 

 Yeah because the the lines will be able to take care of Delaware State without any issues

Vince:

00:08:13.26 – 00:08:38.66 

 with that said I think it’s time to move on to players of the game I have to award my Fidelity fighter to Mikey Hen uh this is a guy who was extremely efficient today had the highest shooting percentage on the team making four out of his five field goal attempts getting 11 points in 13 minutes He had two rebounds and assists was 22 from the free throw line had to steal on the defensive end So he had to get my Fidelity Fighter award

Vince:

00:08:39.64 – 00:09:08.77 

 Moving on to our bird brawler For me it had to be uh kevin and I we’re starting to see what we’ve wanted been wanting to see out of him all year long He’s doing a really good job of creating blocks on the defensive end altering a lot of shots Um he’s getting more involved in being a little more aggressive in the post which is something I’m really happy to see And our Mahoney Mauler I’m going to give this award to

Vince:

00:09:09.31 – 00:09:32.06 

 uh Cameron Winter when things were not going super well in the first half Uh you know he really stepped up got a lot of career high in rebounds nine rebounds So big game for cam winter in winter time Uh Andrew Funk also had a good day He was you know candidate for this award with 16 points in the second half

Vince:

00:09:32.46 – 00:09:41.91 

 You know in the last 16 of the game He definitely went from Clark Kent to Superman pretty quick They’re just like his game against Canisius Jalen Pickett

Vince:

00:09:42.44 – 00:10:07.99 

 You you have to give him a shout out just for being awesome every night He played 38 minutes had 21 points 12 rebounds nine assists He was in the paint all night long uh took a lot of shots nine out of 23 you like that to be a little bit higher but you know when he’s the focal point of the offense the other team is going to try to keep that away So it is difficult to um keep that high shooting percentage for all the games and

Vince:

00:10:08.18 – 00:10:13.1 

 it was good to see Penn State find a way to win against a solid non conference opponent

Vince:

00:10:13.79 – 00:10:42.33 

 especially when the threes were not following up Typically Penn State on a good night Uh they’re gonna double their percentage when they shoot from three and it’s not like these were bad three point shots where they were contested Um We just missed a lot a lot of early ones Darlene johnson did make one nice three but uh he was only one for four from behind the line Uh Miles Dredd was only one for four as well so shots weren’t falling and

Vince:

00:10:42.64 – 00:10:56.08 

 that’s okay because cam Winter I mean even cam Winter was over four and he he shot well for the day So you know you’re not going to have all those guys be that off that often Time and

Vince:

00:10:56.77 – 00:11:03.93 

 a game to have it a good game to have it is against a team like quinnipiac and force them to find other ways to win And

Vince:

00:11:04.5 – 00:11:21.45 

 I’m hoping that games like this give them a more balanced offense in the future that way they don’t have to rely so heavily on a three Uh seeing cab a step up and seeing Andrew funk especially hit him on some past the post has really been a kind of a highlight that I’ve seen

Vince:

00:11:22.18 – 00:11:22.74 

 And

Vince:

00:11:23.38 – 00:11:43.6 

 whenever kevin’s on the floor I want Andrew funk on the floor those two have really good chemistry Um they’ve been hooking up a lot lately for you know easy scoring opportunities So you know if if uh I need to get funk arrest I’m definitely you know having kevin on the bench with him and you know throwing in miles Dredd and Mikey Henan there for that lineup

Vince:

00:11:44.7 – 00:11:57.3 

 So all in all a good day for Penn State Uh the next game will be home in the B J C The 29th at two p.m. Tip off against the Delaware State hornets

Vince:

00:11:57.88 – 00:12:04.32 

 Um this should be an easy game for the Lions Looking at Delaware State

Vince:

00:12:05.83 – 00:12:28.6 

 They have a one in 10 record So you know this should be an easy one for the lions So for my communion prediction I’m going to predict that we have five guys in double figures with at least 10 points Um I think we’re going to see a lot of the freshman I think the freshmen are going to get a lot of minutes and this will be really good learning experience for them as well

Vince:

00:12:29.71 – 00:12:49.6 

 Final score prediction I’m going to roll with Penn State 93 Delaware State 62 big one for the Lions We’ll head into the new year and uh you know we got Iowa coming in to town on the first of january So that would be a big game for the Lions

Vince:

00:12:50.68 – 00:13:14.73 

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