UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Monroe Brown scored a career-high 30 points yesterday and moved into eighth place on Penn State's all-time scoring list with 1,120, carrying the Nittany Lions past the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 93-59.
Penn State blew the game open with a 29-13 run during a 13-minute stretch in the first half. The Retrievers never seriously threatened in the second half and trailed by as many as 37 points.
Brown (Aberdeen), whose previous high was 22 points, became the first Nittany Lions player to score 30 since Bruce Blake on Jan. 22, 1989, against Rhode Island. Eric Carr added 12 points and Greg Bartram added a career-high 12. Freddie Barnes equaled a career best with 11 assists.
UMBC shot 31 percent from the field. Derell Thompson led with 14 points, and Emmanuel Fasaye and Stanley Wright added 10 apiece. Dion Andrews equaled a Division I school record with five blocks.
No UMBC starter scored more than eight points and they combined for 17. Season-long scoring leader Sony Nixon, hampered by foul trouble, saw little playing time, and went scoreless for the first 35 minutes. Nixon and Skip Saunders, the second-leading scorer on the team, combined for 1-for-14 from the field, and Nixon was one of three Retrievers to foul out.