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Penn State Basketball: Offense Misses Second Half In 70-54 Loss To Nebraska

by on February 13, 2016 8:40 PM

How It Happened:

Penn State and Nebraska traded baskets and chances on both ends of the floor Saturday night for a competitive opening 20 minutes of play. A three at the buzzer gave the Cornhuskers a slim 32-31 halftime lead but for the most part it was an even affair with the Nittany Lions even playing a bit better than the hosts for a good portion for the first half. Penn State's 12-2 run put the Nittany Lions up 29-25 late in the half.

But as Brandon Taylor picked up his third foul early in the second half Penn State's offense evaporated, scoring just one basket in the opening 7 minutes of the final frame. Shep Garner finished the night 3-of-14 from the field while Nebraska slowly turned its one point halftime margin into a 20+ point margin. Brandon Taylor went 5-of-9 from the floor for 14 points and was the only Penn State player in double figures all evening. Jordan Dickerson was an effective 4-of-4 from the field for 8 points, three blocks and six rebounds. Josh Reaves also proved to be effective in his second game back from illness with six points, two steals and two rebounds in fairly limited action.

All told though it was Andrew White's 35 points and 7-of-10 from three point shooting that proved to be just one of the many reasons why the Nittany Lions fell Saturday night.

It Was Over When:

Penn State failed to score more than once in the opening seven minutes of the second half going down by 11. Penn State never trailed by single digits again.

Stat Of The Game:

Andrew White's 20 second half points were just three fewer than Penn State's team total of 23 scored in the second half. Penn State is an even 6-6 in the all-time series against Nebraska, having surrendered its first loss to the Huskers since February 20, 2014. The Nittany Lions move to 1-5 when playing on the road in Lincoln.

Player Of The Game:

White is the obvious winner in this department with both Brandon Taylor and Jordan Dickerson taking home the honors for Penn State on a night where little was good for the Nittany Lions.

Next Time Out:

Penn State hosts No. 4 Iowa on Wednesday.

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