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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Outworked En Route To 85-66 Loss To George Mason

by on December 07, 2016 8:17 PM

Penn State's winning streak ended at four games on Wednesday night as the Nittany Lions fell to George Mason.

How It Happened:

Penn State started strong going out 10-5 but the Nittany Lions never really found their shooting touch or usually stout defense the rest of the way. George Mason went on a 17-5 run to respond to the early push and made it 22-15 just about midway through the first half. Both teams traded baskets along the way and Penn State would retake a 33-30 lead with 4:06 to go in the half. A quick George Mason run would eventually tie the game at 37 at the break.

The second half was more of the same as George Mason opened the second half with an 11-5 run to open up the frame. Trailing 50-43 Penn State managed to make it a three point contest at 54-51 but a 17-4 run blew the game wide open yet again to a 71-55 George Mason lead with 6:10 to play. 

Penn State never truly made a strong comeback.

It Was Over When:

A 17-4 run by George Mason in the second half turned a close contest into a runaway blowout and Penn State never had the defensive mindset or offensive touch to make a comeback. Peyton Banks was solid on the night with 21 points, but the Nittany Lions shot 36% from the field but Penn State was out-rebounded 44-29 on the glass and struggled with poorly timed turnovers in key spots.

Stat Of The Game:

George Mason out scored Penn State 44-16 in the paint on Wednesday night and 14 points to just a single basket on the fast break. The Nittany Lions went 10-of-28 from beyond the arc and gave up 13 points off of turnovers. The rebounding margin also led way to George Mason scoring 17 second chance points to Penn State's four.

Player Of The Game:

Banks went 7-of-17 from the field with five from beyond the arc but it was Lamar Stevens with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and four assists who probably had the most complete game for Penn State. Josh Reaves and Tony Carr went a combined 2-of-10 from the floor. Shep Garner's four made baskets were timely but out of 14 total shots.

Next Up:

Penn State heads on the road to face Pitt this Saturday

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