STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Tim Frazier scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Penn State defeated St. Francis (Pa.) 65-58 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
D.J. Newbill, a transfer from Southern Mississippi, added 16 points for the Nittany Lions.
In the first half, the teams combined to shoot 31 percent (14 of 45) from the field, including 18 percent (4 of 22) from 3-point range. Penn State struggled behind the arc all night, finishing 3 of 24 from 3-point range.
Ollie Jackson tallied 19 points for the Red Flash, picked to finish last in the Northeastern Conference preseason poll.
Down 26-20 at the break, St. Francis opened the second half on an 11-4 run. Penn State took the lead for good when Frazier hit a pair of free throws with 10:45 remaining.
St. Francis recorded only two offensive rebounds.