Robert Williams of Texas A&M

Wilson, Williams Lead No. 16 Texas A&M Past Penn State 98-87

BROOKLYN, New York, Sporting Alert – Duane Wilson scored 22 points and Robert Williams added 21 off the bench and No. 16 Texas A&M defeated Penn State 98-87 to win the Progressive Legends Classic at Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

“Keep your composure at the end,” said Williams, who was named tournament MVP. “Don’t lose it.”

Wilson shot 7 of 10 from the floor and dished out six assists, while Williams went 10 of 12 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds for the Aggies (4-0), who had five players scoring in double-figures.

“We’re deep. We’re talented. We can make special plays,” said Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy. “We have a deep team. We have a lot of guys.

“We have a lot of weapons.”

Tyler Davis finished with 15 points and six boards, while Tonny Trocha-Morelos had 11 points for Texas A&M, which shot 60 percent overall on 33 of 55 shooting.

Tony Carr had a game-high 31 points with four steals for Penn State (5-1), which was losing for the first time this season after winning five straight to open the campaign.

Lamar Stevens added 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks for the Nittany Lions, who were outscored 56-47 in the second half.

“Give Texas A&M credit. They jumped us,” Penn State coach Pat Chambers said. “They got to a big lead.”

The Aggies led 42-40 at halftime, but used a 9-0 run to break away en route to building a double-digit lead in the second half.

“Our halfcourt defense, specifically our ball screen defense has to be better,” Chambers added.

“If you told me (DJ Hogg) was only going to have seven (points) and we scored 87, I’d (have) thought we’d be sitting here with a win.”

Meanwhile, while Carr and Stevens combined for 56 points for Penn State, the rest of the Nittany Lions accounted for just 31.

Williams, Wilson, Carr, Stevens and Jeffrey Carroll of the Oklahoma State Cowboys were named on the all-tournament team.

DWAYNE SIMPSON

Dwayne is a former high school and college athlete who now enjoys life off the court and off the track. He is a former contributor for the News World weekly magazine and online website.

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