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Penn State Basketball: Final Seconds Doom Nittany Lions As Penn State Falls To Purdue 84-77

by on January 17, 2015 5:30 PM

Penn State fell to 12-6 on the year after a fifth straight loss and 84-77 overtime defeat to Purdue after a late three tied the game to give the Boilermakers a second life.

How It Happened:

In what amounted to must-win game for the Nittany Lions, Penn State put together a strong first half shooting 8-of-12 from inside the arc and 4-of-8 from deep while holding the Boilermakers to 1-of-10 from deep and not much better from inside the arc. Penn State and Purdue traded baskets in the early going before Penn State took an eventual 8 point lead with 4:47 to go in the frame. Brandon Taylor went 2-of-2 from three during the span that helped push the Nittany Lions out in front. Penn State ended the half with a 9 point advantage after a strong defensive stop in the final possession of the opening stanza.

The easy road wasn't to be though as Purdue opened with a 8-0 run to start the second half. From there it was back and forth action with both teams taking small leads throughout. Penn State back out to 8 with just over 12 minutes to play in the game but Purdue never let up keeping within reach. 

With Purdue shooting hot from outside the arc with 9 three pointers in the half, Penn State opted to foul with just 9 seconds to play in the game up by three. From there Purdue would miss the first free throw and what seemed to be a close victory.

However the second free throw was missed and the rebound found its way out Kendall Stephens who drilled a desperation three in the corner to tie the game.

From there it was all Purdue as DJ Newbill failed to convert a final shot and the Nittany Lions struggled to score in the overtime period. 

It Was Over When:

A Kendall Stephens three pointer fell with just over 5 seconds to play to tie the game. DJ Newbill failed to convert on the final shot of the game and the Jordan Center crowd was silent as the game went to overtime. The Nittany Lions weren't out of the game in the technical sense but there was nothing left in the emotional tank as Purdue outscored Penn State 17-10 in the extra frame.

Stats Of The Game:

Purdue went 1-of-10 from three in the first half but would hit 9 from deep in the second half including a game tying basket from the left corner to tie the game with just over 5 seconds to play.

After getting six players in double figures against Indiana, Penn State had only one player breaking 10 points despite 7 players scoring 5 or more points.

D.J. Newbill led all scorers with a career-high 37 points, setting the record for single-game points by a Penn State player in the Big Ten, passing Joe Crispin’s 35 against Iowa Jan. 6, 2001. The 37 points stand as the eighth-most scored all-time and the most since 1962 when Gene Harris set the record with 46 vs. Holy Cross.  


Player Of The Game:

DJ Newbill scored 37 points and shot 13-of-23 from the field in the losing effort. Newbill scored all 10 of Penn State's overtime points and broke the 30 point mark for the second time this year.

For Purdue Kendall Stephens went 6-of-12 from three en route to a 22 point outing. AJ Hammons has 21 points and 12 rebounds.

What's Next:

Penn State hits the road to play Michigan State on Wednesday before coming back to State College for two straight home contests.

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