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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Miss Free Throws, Fall to Nebraska, 68-64

by on January 19, 2013 1:41 PM

Rapid Recap: Nebraska 68, Penn State 64

How It Happened: Penn State erased a 10-point Nebraska lead but went 1-for-6 from the free throw line in a single possession to help Nebraska hold on for its first conference win this season.

Turning Point: Down three, Nebraska was called for a flagrant foul following an elbow down low, giving Penn State two free throws. A shooting foul during the play gave the Nittany Lions two more free throws, and a shooting foul on the same possession following the flagrant foul gave Penn State its fifth and sixth opportunities from the line in a single possession. The Nittany Lions were the Big Ten's leading free throw shooting team heading into today but missed five of six from the line.

Player of The Game: Shavon Shields went 10-for-11 from the field and scored 29 points for the day.

Stat of The Game: DJ Newbill scored 11 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out six assists. It was his 15th double-digit game of the season.

What it Means: Penn State has yet to win a conference game and will play at Indiana this week before facing Ohio State at home.

On Deck: Penn State will travel to take on No. 2 Indiana at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Halftime Update: Nebraska 33, Penn State 28

The Nittany Lions opened the game hot, building a seven-point lead but cooled off quickly as the battle of winless Big Ten teams went to halftime with the Cornhuskers up at the half by five.

Penn State's Brandon Taylor led the Nittany Lions with nine first-half points. The freshman forward is coming off of an 0-for-5 performance from beyond the arc against Michigan State. Junior guard Jermaine Marshall was held scoreless in the first half, missing all seven shots. DJ Newbill registered six points and four rebounds.

Nebraska guard Shavon Shields led the Cornhuskers with 13 points going a perfect 6-for-6 from the field. 

Nebraska was able to grow a 10-point lead in the final 15 minutes of the half behind six first-half turnovers by the Nittany Lions. Penn State kept the game close, and a buzzer beating 3-pointer by Kevin Montminy cut the lead to only five at the half.


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