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Penn State Basketball: No.16 Ranked Aggies Pull Away From Nittany Lions For 98-87 Win

by on November 21, 2017 8:00 PM

Penn State basketball hung around with No.16 Texas A&M on Tuesday evening but couldn't overcome a cold shooting night from beyond the arc and poorly timed misses from the free throw line to fall 98-87.

Tony Carr was outstanding once again on Tuesday scoring 31 points, with 21 of those coming in a back-and-forth first half as both teams traded the lead. Penn State came out strong on both ends of the floor as Carr worked his way around the offensive side of the court racking up the points and drawing fouls.

Lamar Stevens wasn't far behind, ending the night with 25 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists.

All told though the Aggies were too much inside for the Nittany Lions as Penn State struggled to protect the rim and foul trouble kept the likes of Mike Watkins and Stevens from playing their usual minutes at meaningful moments in the game.

A&M opened the game to nearly a 20-point lead before an 9-0 run closed the gap again at the midway point of the second half. Penn State would continue to push, using a press defense to force turnovers and stops, but it wasn't enough. By the end of the night an tired and beaten Nittany Lion team couldn't finish the hopeful upset bid. Penn State finished the night 5-of-19 from beyond the arc and 20-of-28 from the line.

On the one hand it will be a night to build on for Penn State, the Nittany Lions scoring 87 against the SEC favorite and second best defense in the nation. Similarly it will be a night to forget for the likes of Shep Garner who went 1-for-6 from the field, all from three, his only make coming in the final minutes.



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