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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Fall In Final Second To Purdue 65-64

by on January 19, 2014 9:00 AM

Penn State lost a heart breaker in the final second on Saturday night.

The Nittany Lions came up just short of their first conference win of the season, falling 65-64 to Purdue.

Up by three points in the game's final minute, it looked like the victory was within reach as Purdue took the ball down the court with under 15 seconds to play. Despite having gone 3-of-10 from the field all game, Terone Johnson made a three point jumper from the wing. That tied the game with only 8 seconds to go. 

After a timeout, Penn State put the ball in play with four seconds left in regulation with a chance to win. DJ Newbill's pass was a little off though and Purdue stole the ball. The Boilermakers called a timeout of their own with just over a second to try and draw up a play to win the game.

With a long pass in to A.J. Hammons finding its mark, Penn State forward Ross Travis was called for a foul, sending Hammons to the line to win the game. Hammons made the first shot and intentionally missed the second to give Purdue the improbable victory.

Tim Frazier led the way for the Nittany Lions. The senior guard scored 19 points and was effective from the floor all night, pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. Junior guard DJ Newbill scored 17 on the evening but made only 6-of-19 from the floor.

Penn State also saw sophomore Donovon Jack chip in 8 points and rack up 5 blocks on the defensive end as he continues to show promise on both ends of the floor.

For Penn State, it is yet another close loss. The Nittany Lions have now fallen in three conference games by a total of seven points. While there is little doubt Penn State has made strides and the Nittany Lions are competitive in conference play this year, the difference between 0-6 and 3-3 in conference is a painful one for any fan to swallow.

The Nittany Lions will get their best shot at a conference victory this Thursday when Nebraska takes the Bryce Jordan Center floor in a battle of two teams yet to win in conference play.



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