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POSTGAME NOTES: Penn State 76, Nebraska 74

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Jan. 12, 2018


Penn State 76, Nebraska 74 (OT)
January 12, 2018
Bryce Jordan Center (State College, Pa.)
Attendance: 6, 821

Penn State Scoring Leader: Lamar Stevens (26)
Penn State Rebounding Leader: Mike Watkins (15)
Penn State Assist Leader: Tony Carr (8)


Penn State Team Notes

Penn State is now 61-64 all-time in overtime games and has won two OT games in a row. Coach Patrick Chambers is 10-6 in his career in all overtime games and 6-4 in single overtime games. 

The Nittany Lions went to the free throw line early and often shooting 11 first-half free throws and 24 total.

In Penn State dominated the paint in the first half outscoring the Cornhuskers on the inside at 14-4.

The Nittany Lions ended the first half with a 10-2 run against Nebraska leading overall at 33-24. The Nittany Lions are 13-2 in the season for leading in the first half.    

Penn State opened the second half with a 6-0 run and was able to get their largest lead of the night with a 16 point-differential. Nebraska was able to bounce back pushing the Nittany Lions into overtime at 65 points even.

Tony Carr scored 9 out of 11 points for the Nittany Lions in overtime and hit the game-winning shot for Penn State’s victory.



Penn State ended the extended game outrebounding Nebraska 48-36 overall.

This was Penn State's first overtime game of the 2017-18 season and it was against the same opponent, Nebraska, as its last overtime game (Big Ten Tournament, March 8, 2017).

Nittany Lions Individual Notes

Lamar Stevens came out strong in the first half connecting 5-9 shots leading the Nittany Lions with 16 points and 5 rebounds, finishing with 26 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Stevens finished with 26 points marking his third consecutive game with over 20 points. This marks Steven’s 12th career game where he has scored 20 points or more.

Mike Watkins followed with eight points and five rebounds in the first half finishing the game with his fourth-straight and 16th career double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Watkins had his third career game with 20-plus points.

Stevens and Watkins registered the fifth game in the last two years with two Nittany Lions scoring 20 or more points in the same game. The other four instances were with Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens.

Tony Carr found his stride in the second half, specifically overtime, where he scored nine of the 11 points scored for the Nittany Lions. Carr finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds, and eight assists. It was his 42nd career game with 10 or more points.

Shep Garner reached another milestone against the Cornhuskers by tying Titus Ivory at 12th on the Penn State all-time scoring list with 1,369 points early in the first half. Garner finished with six points, four rebounds, and two assists.

Sophomore Nazeer Bostick was the only player off the bench to score against Nebraska with his Big Ten career-best seven points and tying his Big Ten career-best with five rebounds.

True freshman Jamari Wheeler made his first appearance as a starter against the Cornhuskers contributing five rebounds and three assists.


Miscellaneous Notes

Patrick Chambers reached his 100-win mark at Penn State (100-115) and is now 142-142 for his career (nine years).

Penn State is now 9-7 in the series against Nebraska, with a 6-1 advantage in University Park and 5-1 mark at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State starting lineup: Tony Carr, Shep Garner, Mike Watkins, Lamar Stevens, and Jamari Wheeler (1-0)

Nebraska starting lineup: Duby Okeke, Glynn Watson Jr., Evan Taylor, Issac Copeland, and James Palmer Jr. Prior to this game, the Huskers had used the same lineup for 18-straight games.

Cornhuskers were able to push the Nittany Lions into their first overtime game of the season.

Nebraska was the last team Penn State played overtime against – in March 2017 in the Big Ten tournament. Penn State won to advance.

Nebraska’s bench had a 27-7 points advantage over against the Nittany Lions.

Penn State vs Nebraska game was the annual Coaches vs. Cancer game for the 2017-18 season.


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