Sticking to Their Principles, Lions Get First Big Ten Win

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By Kelsey Detweiler, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With less than six minutes to play against fourth-ranked Michigan on Wednesday night, Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers found himself standing in a huddle looking into the eyes of athletes who were hungry. The Nittany Lions wanted to win.

8631669.jpeg"They were dialed in," Chambers said of his team. "They had that look, you know in the eyes, just that, 'I'm here, tell me what to do. Tell me what you want.'"

A little over a minute later, the Lions also had a chance.

A Jermaine Marshall three made it a tie game at 74 apiece with just 4:53 to play, and the 8,892 spectators in attendance rose to their feet. They didn't sit back down.

Two minutes later another timeout was called and Chambers found himself again surrounded by his team, but this time he felt something entirely different.

"I'm looking around like, is this great or what," said Chambers. "And I looked to them and I said, 'Are we having fun,' and they were like, 'We're having a great time.'"

And when the clock wound down, Chambers' team was the one celebrating. 

Penn State pulled ahead thanks to timely free throws from Marshall, Sasa Borovnjak and Nick Colella and held off the Wolverines to win it 84-78 in the Bryce Jordan Center.

After the fans stormed the court and the team had time to make their way back to the locker room, even D.J. Newbill cracked a smile.

"I think everybody put in hard work," said Newbill. "It's just a great feeling to see how happy the fans were and all of our team - this is a memory I'm going to have for my life."

The Lions prepared a tough defensive plan for the Wolverines and stuck to it, forcing 15 turnovers and scoring 20 coinciding points in return. Penn State also made shots when it counted, boasting a 50 percent mark beyond the three-point line (10-20) and shooting 20-of-27 at the line.

Marshall led the team with 25 points on the night, including 18 beyond the arc. The redshirt junior said that he and his teammates have been waiting for a win like this to come.

"We work so hard that we never want to give up," said Marshall. "We believe we can win any game. We believe in our team and we believe in each other and we're a family."

But Marshall said that the key to winning against a top-five team wasn't just about sinking shots and getting stops. The guard said that the most important thing that he and his teammates could do was to stick to their principles.

"Confidence, hard work and attitude," said Marshall. "That's what we've got to keep doing."

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