Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Win 58-54 Over Nebraska
It may not have been the prettiest game the Nittany Lions have had a chance to win this season, but it' a win nevertheless as Penn State knocked off Nebraska 58-54 on Thursday night for the first conference victory of the season.
Having lost three games by a total of 7 points, the Nittany Lions were looking to finally close the door on a Big Ten foe and did just that as John Johnson hit a three with 18 seconds to play to put Penn State up 56-51. Nebraska would get within two, but a steal by DJ Newbill with 10 seconds to play and two free throws by Tim Frazier put the game away for good.
Four Penn State players posted double figure scoring efforts on Thursday evening led by Newbill's 16 points, 4 rebounds, and two steals. Johnson chipped in key bench scoring with 13 points and Brandon Taylor and Frazier both scored 11 points apiece. Frazier also pulled down nine rebounds, dished out six assists, and was credited with two steals.
The Nittany Lions got back to the kind of play that made them a good team out of conference. Penn State forced 14 Husker turnovers while the Nittany Lions turned the ball over only five times.
Terran Petteway led the way for Nebraska with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Ray Gallegos was Nebraska's only other player to reach double figures in scoring, tallying 10 points while Shavon Shields pulled down a game-high 10 boards.
After a slow moving first half in which Penn State and Nebraska went a combined 17-of-54 from the field, the Nittany Lions put together a 36-point second half to erase a 29-22 halftime deficit.
"I was impressed with these guys after the game. They weren't going crazy. It's one game. We enjoy it for now. But we look forward to getting back to work, which is a great mentality to have." Head coach Patrick Chambers said after the game.
Penn State heads next to Ohio State to face the Buckeyes.