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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Fall to Michigan State, 81-72

by on January 16, 2013 7:14 PM

Rapid Recap: Michigan State 81, Penn State 72

How It Happened: Penn State slowed the pace of the game and made its shots to stay close with Michigan State in the first half. The Spartans extended a 29-25 lead over time and the addition of Adreian Payne. Penn State took a one point lead with 15:16 to go but Michigan State pushed back to take a 14 point lead with 5:25 left. The Nittany Lions cut the lead to only five with just over two minutes to play but couldn't cut it any closer.

Player of The Game: Adreian Payne scored 20 second half points after sitting out the first half following a scuffle with teammate Branden Dawson earlier in the day. Payne's athleticism and skill proved a problem for the Nittany Lions inside the arc, one that Penn State had no answer for.

Stat of The Game: Guards Jermaine Marshall and DJ Newbill combined for 56 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists. 

What it Means: Penn State falls to 0-5 in conference. However the Nittany Lions played one of their better games in conference, shooting well over 45 percent from the field.

On Deck: Penn State takes on Nebraska this Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Halftime Update: Michigan State 29, Penn State 25

Penn State has won three of the last seven meetings against the Spartans and Wednesday night's game showed all the makings of another classic between these two teams. 

DJ Newbill scored nine first half points going 3-5 from the field and dished out two assists. Jermaine Marshall tallied seven points and pulled down five rebounds. The Nittany Lions struggled from beyond the arc making only one of seven attempts but shot 39 percent from the field, less than a percent worse than their opponent.

The Nittany Lions hung with the Spartans for the entire half and never trailed by more than six points. Michigan State was led by Gary Harris' nine points and the Spartans held Penn State to zero offensive rebounds in the opening twenty minutes.

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