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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Can't Hang With Spartans, Fall 92-65

by on January 10, 2016 3:15 PM

How It Happened:

Penn State fell behind early and never really regained its footing as the Nittany Lions fell 92-65 on Sunday afternoon. Down 6-2 at the first media timeout Penn State was close but a fairly quick barrage of shots by Michigan State pushed the Spartans ahead 20-7 with 9:48 to go in the first half. Early foul trouble by Michigan State kept the Nittany Lions within reach and Penn State's own shot making and stout defense made it a 27-20 margin with 3:31 to go in the frame.

Michigan State pushed back and a late three by Bryn Forbes made it a 13-point margin at the half.

Shep Garner scored five quick points in the early stages of the second half but Michigan State once again responded and a three pushed the lead to 17 with just over three minutes gone by in the second half. From there it was all Michigan State, the Nittany Lions kept things within 21 points until the 10:13 mark as the Spartans continued to extend the lead. 

Michigan State would lead by as many as 31 and the Nittany Lions would get no closer than 24 points.

It Was Over When:

Penn State cut the Michigan State 15 point lead to just sevent late in the first half by a Bryn Forbes' three  with nine seconds left in the opening 20 minutes of play pushed it back out to 13 points. While just barely into double digits is hardly a completed game with 20 minutes to play, the Nittany Lions were lucky to be so close at that point. An 8-0 run did wonders to keep things close, but a late spurt by Michigan State killed the late first half comeback.

Stat Of The Game:

Michigan State scored 42 points in the paint and got 38 points off the bench. Penn State had a respectable 30 points off the bench but 13 turnovers to just five assists did little to help the comeback. The Spartans also attempted 19 more shots than Penn State by the end of the game.

Player Of The Game:

Bryn Forbes had 20 first half points with 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and was largely to thank for the Spartans' 13-point halftime lead. Forbes didn't score a single point in the second half and played just 25 minutes overall, but by the time he left his mark on the game the damage was done.

For the Nittany Lions, Shep Garner did what he could early in the second half en route to a 19-point, 7-of-14 outing from the field but it was far too little too late. 

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