Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Fall In Close Contest, 58-49 to Purdue
Rapid Recap: Purdue 58, Penn State 49
What Happened: Penn State took its first lead in to the half after a solid defensive effort helped the Nittany Lions gain a nine-point lead. Purdue closed the gap following a 12-4 run to close out the half. Purdue's AJ Hammons put together a stellar second half effort totaling 15 points while drawing foul after foul on Penn State defenders. Penn State was able to close an 11 point gap to only five but couldn't bring it any closer.
Player of the Game: Ronnie Johnson scored 16 for the Boilermakers and was pivotal during a stretch that saw Purdue extend to an 11 point lead. Johnson was 7-of-12 from the field.
Stat of the Game: Penn State went 2-of-20 from beyond the arc.
Turning Point: Nick Colella missed an open three with 2:47 to go with Penn State down five. Purdue scored on the ensuing possession to extend the lead to seven.
What It Means: Penn State falls to 0-10 in Big Ten play.
On Deck: The Nittany Lions travel to Nebraska for a 9:00 p.m. tip.
Halftime Update: Penn State 25, Purdue 24
A Nittany Lion team looking to pick up its first conference win on the year took a step towards that in the first half Tuesday night leading Purdue 25-24 after 20 minutes.
Penn State opened up a nine point in the final seven minutes of the first half, the largest conference lead this season for the Nittany Lions.
Senior Sasa Borovnjak led Penn State with six points while six different Nittany Lions found the bottom of the basket in the half. DJ Newbill dished out six assists while taking only two shots.
The Boilermakers cut in to the 21-12 Penn State lead with a 12-4 in the final six minutes of the half as the Nittany Lions cooled from the field. Penn State grabbed 21 rebounds including eight on the offensive end while turning the ball over only three times.