STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Donovon Jack was either making shots or blocking them on Saturday, and his prowess at each enabled Penn State to race past Marshall, 90-77.
Jack sank nine shots in his 18-point outing and blocked seven, a career-high and most from a Penn State player since 1999 as the Nittany Lions (7-3) ran away from a Marshall squad that was averaging nearly 86 points per game.
"I didn't even know I had seven blocks; I was just out there playing hard," Jack said.
Ross Travis was Penn State's leading scorer with 20 points, including nine from the free throw line, while D.J. Newbill added 17 -- his 25th straight game in double figures.
Brandon Taylor and Tim Frazier each tossed in 10 as the Nittany Lions rebounded after back-to-back losses to Mississippi and Pittsburgh.
Penn State has scored 70 points in all but one of its games this season, and its quick transition offense built as much as a 26-point lead before Marshall (4-5) closed the gap late.
Jack complemented his seven blocks with a team-high seven rebounds that allowed Penn State to win that battle as well against the Thundering Herd (4-5), 47-40.
"I told him (Jack) to have some confidence and he smiled," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "He shot lights out. He was dialed in."
Penn State was ready from the outset, jumping out to an 11-1 lead before Marshall's only serious run closed the gap to 13-11.
From there, Penn State's transition offense created opportunities for numerous dunks and layups. The Lions shot 48.5 percent overall as their 53-percent effort in the first half allowed the Lions to race out to a 47-32 halftime bulge.
"Coaches -- obviously, we're crazy -- but we have gut feelings about things," Chambers said. "And I thought (Jack) was going to have a good game today. He knows that I have great confidence in him. We just need more consistency now.
"Seven blocks in a game; that's incredible. And that's an athletic team; he's not doing it against just anybody. That's against Marshall."
Thundering Herd Coach Tom Herrion wasn't surprised by Penn State's up-tempo offense, but he was a bit shocked by his own.