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Penn State Basketball: Lessons Maybe Learned, But Nittany Lions Fall 76-66 To George Washington

by on December 08, 2015 9:40 PM
University Park, PA

Penn State never stopped fighting but never had quite enough as the Nittany Lions fell 76-66 on the road to George Washington on Tuesday evening.

The Nittany Lions held their own against the Colonials for the first 10 minutes of regulation as both teams traded baskets from deep and in the paint for an exciting opening series. Penn State was led by Shep Garner's 22 points for the second game in three outings above the 20 point margin.

It was George Washington's timely shot making and stout defense though that eventually got the better of Penn State as the Colonials extended out to 40-33 halftime lead. Penn State had two shots in the final possession of the half to cut into that margin but failed to do so as time expired. Even so, the Nittany Lions managed to avoid a late first half run that would have put them significantly behind the ball heading into the break.

Penn State fell father behind in the opening two minutes of the second half as GW went up 47-35, forcing a timeout by coach Pat Chambers. That margin would grow to as many as 18 over the next several minutes as the Colonials shot well and Penn State's offense sputtered.

It was here though that progress, even if temporary, could be found. Against Duquesne the Nittany Lions seemingly folded after a second half barrage of three pointers put Penn State down by nearly dozens of points.

But on Tuesday the Nittany Lions didn't fold and with just under five minutes to go in regulation Penn State found itself down just nine points at 71-62. Payton Banks nearly made it a six point game but his long three hit the iron and did not fall.

The problem with comebacks, it only takes one shot, and a deep three by George Washington broke any true hopes of a comeback pushing the lead back out to 12 with only minutes remaining. The Nittany Lions would technically get within single digits again, but free throws and made baskets kept Penn State out of reach as time expired.

Behind Garner's 22 points Penn State got 15 from Brandon Taylor's effective 6-of-13 shooting while Banks added 10 more. Donovon Jack had an effective seven-point outing with the Nittany Lions getting 14 points off the bench. Jordan Dickerson added three blocks to his growing career total.

On the other side of the ball George Washington had four scorers in double figures and two with 15+ points. Forward Tyler Cavanaugh set the pace with 18 on the night to go with 10 rebounds. Penn State won the battle on the glass 37-34.

The Nittany Lions return home for two games in Rec Hall this week, the first on Thursday at 7pm.

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