Watkins scores 20 as PSU defeats George Washington, 74-68

WASHINGTON (AP) — Redshirt freshman Mike Watkins scored a career-high 20 points and added eight rebounds and four blocks to lead Penn State to a 74-68 victory at George Washington on Saturday.

Fellow freshman Lamar Stevens had 18 points for the Nittany Lions (4-3), who erased a nine-point halftime deficit. Freshman Tony Carr had 12 points and junior Shep Garner added 10 points for Penn State, which shot 50 percent in the second half.

George Washington committed 15 turnovers, leading to 14 Penn State points. It also struggled from the perimeter, shooting 5 of 24 on its 3-point attempts.

The Colonials (3-3) played without junior guard Yuta Watanabe, who sat out with a lower leg injury. Watanabe’s 13.4 points per game rank second on the team.

Senior forward Tyler Cavanaugh had 15 points, all in the second half, for George Washington. Cavanaugh, who averages 18.8 points, picked up two fouls and was limited to eight minutes in the first half.

Junior Jaren Sina scored 13 points, sophomore Jordan Roland matched a career-high with 11 points and freshman Collin Smith tied his career-best with 11 points and four blocks.

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