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Penn State Basketball: Boilermakers Sink Nittany Lions In Overtime

by on February 21, 2017 10:28 PM

Penn State's late comeback sent Tuesday night's game into overtime but it was Purdue coming away with the victory in overtime 74-70 to stay atop the Big Ten standings.

How It Happened:

Penn State started hot, opening an 8-0 lead to force a Purdue timeout as the visiting Boilermakers still looked a little out of sorts for an oddly timed 6 p.m. tip time. In turn it was a well-rested Nittany Lion team that was offering up the first punch after a week off from playing, Penn State going up 18-8 with 11:53 to go in the half.

Purdue would eventually awaken, but Penn State's defense didn't allow for many meaningful runs in the opening 20 minutes as the Nittany Lions would lead by as many as 10 with 5:59 to go in the half.

The Boilermakers would cut the margin to just a single point in the next few minutes but baskets by Mike Watkins and Tony Carr allowed the Nittany Lions to maintain the lead at the break 33-29.

From there the second half opened with three straight dunks for Penn State. Josh Reaves picked up two following a Purdue turnover and then a powerful slam by Lamar Stevens as Penn State held on to its slim lead. With 10:13 to go Purdue finally took the lead before Tony Carr's basket quickly erased it.

In the final 10 minutes of regulation it was Purdue's offense that dictated play as Penn State struggled from beyond the arc and the Boilermakers began to hit shots from all over the court and enter the bonus from the line midway through the half.

Up six with 2:54 to go it was the Tony Carr show that put Penn State back into striking distance as a Josh Reaves forced a turnover that helped swing the tide back the Nittany Lions' way. Carr's eight straight points would eventually tie the game with 17 seconds to go and Purdue never got off a shot on the final possession.

The Boilermakers got timely threes in overtime and Penn State failed to hang on to a two point lead with 2:03 to play. With 13 seconds to go it was a foul by Shep Garner that sent Purdue to the line, putting the Boilermakers up four.

Penn State finished the game having shot 43 percent from the field and winning the rebounding battle 40-38. The Nittany Lions scored 14 second chance points on 14 offensive rebounds.

It Was Over When:

Shep Garner fouled with just 13 seconds remaining in overtime sending Purdue to the line to put the Boilermakers up four points. While the missed basket appeared to hit the rim, it was ruled a clean miss meaning that the shot clock was at two seconds as Garner fouled. It's difficult to fault the junior for the foul with the clock winding down and Penn State trailing by two, but the potential for a very different ending was there. Nevertheless those late free throws sealed the deal.

Stat Of The Game:

Penn State out scored Purdue 46-12 in the paint, Mike Watkins finished the first half with 12 rebounds but the game with just 13 to go with his 11 points.  

Payton Banks went 0-for-6 from the field as Penn State went 2-of-18 from beyond the arc compared to Purdue which went 12-of-26 from deep.

Player Of The Game:

Ryan Cline's late threes won the game for Purdue, but it was Tony Carr and his eight straight points and game-high 21 that take home this honor. Carr was unstoppable in the crunch, especially with his teammates struggling to find the bottom of the basket in the second half. All told the freshman went 9-of-17 from the field with five rebounds and seven assists on the night.

Up Next:

The Nittany Lions head on the road for a Saturday tip against Minnesota.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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