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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Work Past Georgia Tech With 67-60 Victory

by on November 29, 2016 9:04 PM

Penn State improved to 5-3 on the season with a 67-60 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night as the Nittany Lions won their third straight game. Here is all you need to know from the win.

How It Happened:

Penn State and Georgia Tech played a fairly unremarkable first half as both teams struggled to find their shots in the middle portion of the frame. The Nittany Lions and Yellow Jackets both led on occasion before Penn State went on a 7-0 run late in the half with 2:29 to play to turn a 28-23 deficit into a 30-28 halftime lead. The lead changed seven times in the half while Penn State scored 10 points off of turnovers and eight second chance points to go with it. Shep Garner led the way in the opening 20 minutes of play with seven points while Mike Watkins pulled down seven rebounds and went 3-of-4 from the field for seven points.

In the second half it was more of the same until a Josh Reaves three from the left corner put Penn State ahead 60-55 with 1:40 to go in the game. Reaves added two more points just seconds later to make it a seven point game with 1:17 to play in regulation. Georgia Tech would get no closer than five points in the final minute.

It Was Over When:

A Josh Reaves' three late in the game ignited a 7-0 run that put Penn State ahead for good in a back and forth game. Reaves scored five during the run and free throws sealed the deal with under a minute to play as penn State scored over 30 points in both halves.

Stats Of The Game:

Penn State finished the game with 14 assists on 26 made shots while shooting 42-percent from the field on night. The Nittany Lions also scored 24 points on turnovers while blocking eight shots along the way. Tony Carr had really his first and only bad shooting night of the year so far going 1-of-9 from the field but still contributed in other areas.

Players Of The Game:

Shep Garner was his reliable self on Tuesday night as the junior guard went 6-of-14 from the field for 17 points while dishing out four assists and pulling down two rebounds. Josh Reaves was also outstanding with 4-of-7 shooting for nine points and five rebounds including four steals. Reaves per usual, provided Penn State with a lot of energy off the bench including impact plays that go beyond the box score.

Mike Watkins also picked up a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.

Up Next:

Penn State stays at home on Saturday for a 5 p.m. tip against Wright State.

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