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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Andy Greene Jersey . -- With injuries impacting their lineup early, freshmen have had to play big minutes in Penn States new fast-paced offense.They havent disappointed and on Tuesday, the Nittany Lions promising freshman class got help from a handful of veterans to pull away from Grand Canyon 85-76.Rookie Lamar Stevens scored 19 points and top returning scorers Payton Banks (15) and Shep Garner (14) chipped in to lead the Nittany Lions in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.I think weve made a lot of good strides over the last three games, Banks said. I think were jelling well. I feel like the rotation, were starting to get used to it, starting to get used to where guys are going to be.They were all over the paint in scoring 40 points and netting 20 second-chance points against the Antelopes. Along with Stevens, freshman Tony Carr also had his third-straight double-digit game with 10 points.This is the type of scoring potential Penn State coach Pat Chambers envisioned when he pledged to meld young and old and chase 80-plus points per game in the preseason. To get there, the Nittany Lions (2-1) needed to overcome a 0-for-9 shooting slump in the first five minutes of the second half that saw them squander a 48-41 halftime lead.I found out a lot about my team, Chambers said. They dug deep, they got back to the middle of the ring, they punched back and we took the lead.Joshua Braun made 5 of 10 3-pointers and led Grand Canyon (0-2) with 25 points. Oscar Frayer, Darion Clark, Keonta Vernon and Shaq Carr also finished in double figures for the Antelopes with 13, 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.Braun hit 2 of 3 free throws with 15:29 left to give Grand Canyon a 50-48 lead -- its last of the game.The Nittany Lions put together an impressive 13-7 run immediately thereafter in which Banks and Stevens combined for all 13 points. Stevens tipped in a rebound with 6:06 left to put Penn State up 75-63 for its biggest lead.We knew it was going to be tough game, Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle said. Were shorthanded, DeWayne Russell is our starting point guard, he wasnt able to play the first two games, well get him back.BUSY SCHEDULEPenn State played its third game in five days and its schedule remains hectic for the near future. The Nittany Lions will cap the tournament with back-to-back games this weekend and will play five times in the final 11 days of the month.MORE FROM MOOREJulian Moore led Penn State with nine rebounds and had the type of game Chambers hoped he would have earlier. But foul trouble in the first two games limited Moores minutes. He played 20 against the Antelopes.HURT LIONSGuard Josh Reaves missed his third game with a lower leg injury and hes not expected to play this weekend. Forward Davis Zemgulis missed his first game with a concussion and Isaiah Washington also sat out for Penn State with an unspecified ailment.THE BIG PICTUREGrand Canyon: The Antelopes are 0 for 6 against Power 5 teams and have been outscored 550-365 since they joined the Division I ranks.Penn State: The Nittany Lions have never began a season with three freshmen starters in three straight games as they have with Stevens, Watkins and Tony Carr this year. Carr and Stevens were in double figures for the third time and Watkins finished with nine points and six rebounds.UP NEXTGrand Canyon travels to Uncasville, Connecticut to continue the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament against Albany on Saturday.Penn State will also visit Uncasville on Saturday where it will face No. 1 Duke. Youth Devils Jerseys . The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit. Mirco Mueller Jersey . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. . -- Charline Labonte couldnt have asked for a better homecoming. The Olympics are in the books and unfortunately for the Boomers it was a dose of history repeating; they walked away empty handed once again yet this one seems to hurt more.The Boomers arrived at Rio 2016 ranked No. 11 in the FIBA standings, with high levels of internal belief, but the expectations held outside the playing group were all around the same train of thought: Tough opponent, not expected to medal.That train of thought proved accurate in the end, but not before upset victories against France and Serbia, a strong effort that pushed the United States to their limits, and a resounding victory against world No. 3 Lithuania in the quarterfinals; the world was there for the taking, but thats when the Boomers fell apart and Serbia took control of their semifinal to knock Australia out of gold medal contention.The Boomers produced easily their worst effort of the tournament against Serbia, but they showed admirable fortitude and resilience to recover and take it right up to the world No. 2-ranked Spaniards; if not for a dubious call, the would have claimed the bronze medal and a piece of Australian basketball history.So what does the future hold for the Boomers?There certainly have big holes to fill with Andrew Bogut and David Andersen having surely contested their last Olympics campaign. Bogut is the defensive stalwart of this side, Andersen the spark off the bench., but consider the names the Boomers have to welcome to the team list: Ben Simmons, Thon Maker and Dante Exum; you couldnt ask for a better passing of the torch if you tried.Simmons will comfortably slot into the starting five alongside Aron Baynes in the frontcourt, while Maker can become the focal point of the second unit with Exum.If were to look into our crystal ball and jump ahead to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, we could see a Boomers side with the following depth:Patty Mills, in Tokyo, will be attending his fourth Olympics with the Boomers, having been leading scorer in all three previous Games. Keith Kinkaid Jersey. . He never fails to show up on the big stage, and that has led many pundits, including assistant coach Luc Longley, to say that Mills deserves his shot as a starting point guard in the NBA - experience that can only further help the Boomers cause.Matthew Dellavedova signed recently with Milwaukee Bucks, with whom he will assume the backup role behind Michael Carter-Williams; however, he may not be playing backup for long given his terrific Rio campaign and his championship experience.Ryan Broekhoff showed glimpses of his potential in Rio, and youd expect that he can shine more brightly with another four years of experience under his belt.Simmons, meanwhile, will replace Bogut as the face of Australian basketball for years to come; hell contend for NBA Rookie of the Year honours in the coming season, and is the man to lead Philadelphia out of the dark times.Maker joins Dellavedova in Milwaukee as an unknown prodigy, a gifted athlete with exceptional length who was an outside-the-box pick when taken at No. 10 in the 2016 NBA Draft. His raw tools and x-factor abilities will come in handy in the NBA and on the international stage.And then, of course, Australia also has Exum to consider; he has played only one NBA season with Utah but the presence of George Hill as his new mentor can only do great things for his development.Throw it all together and the Boomers will no longer be classified as a team at the Olympics just there to make up the numbers.Theyll leave Rio with a sour taste in the mouth after smelling the essence of glory, but disappointment can be a powerful motivation for players who believed -- even when others didnt -- that they were a genuine medal chance.With the likely future playing list, they will have even deeper belief. Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Stitched Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap NFL T-shirts ' ' '