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POSTGAME NOTES: Minnesota 95, Penn State 84 (OT)

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Jan. 15, 2018


Minnesota 95, Penn State 84  (OT)
January 15, 2018
Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, Pa.)

Penn State Scoring Leader: Tony Carr (33)
Penn State Rebounding Leader: 
Mike Watkins (11)
Penn State Assist Leader: 
Tony Carr (3)


Penn State Team Notes

Penn State is now 61-65 all-time in overtime games. Coach Patrick Chambers is 10-7 in his career in all overtime games and 6-5 in single overtime games. 

Penn State did not commit a turnover in the first half while forcing Minnesota into four first-half turnovers. The Nittany Lions did not commit their first turnover until the 14:14 mark of the second half.



Penn State committed just four turnovers, the lowest since Feb. 25, 2017, at Minnesota when the Nittany Lions turned it over just five times.

Penn State made 33 field goals in the game, the team's second-highest on the season.

The Nittany Lions scored 16 points off turnovers compared to Minnesota's six.


Nittany Lions Individual Notes

Tony Carr scored 25 of his Big Ten career-high 33 points in the second half, including six in overtime, while grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. It was the third time Carr eclipsed the 30-point mark for the third time in his career and his 33 points matched his career-high. All three 30-plus performances have come this season.

Carr played a career-high 43 minutes.

Lamar Stevens scored 11 of his 12 points in the first half while collecting seven rebounds. Stevens matched his Big Ten career-high with two blocked shots.

Mike Watkins had his fifth-straight and 17th career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Watkins also tied his career-high with two steals and matched his Big Ten high career-high with 2 assists. Watkins also had a career-best 10 made field goals.

Nazeer Bostick had a Big Ten career-high with eight points, three field goals made, and 31 minutes played.

Shep Garner reached another milestone against the Golden Gophers by passing Titus Ivory and Jarrett Stephens to move to 11th on the Penn State all-time scoring list with 1,380 points. Garner finished with 11 points with three 3-point field goals.

Jamari Wheeler finished with four rebounds, two assists, tied a career-high with two blocked shots and matched a Big Ten career-high with 22 minutes played.


Miscellaneous Notes

The Golden Gophers forced Penn State into its second consecutive overtime game and it is the first time the Nittany Lions have played back-to-back overtime games since back-to-back overtime games against Illinois and Indiana, Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, 2001.

Penn State is now 14-34 in the series against Minnesota, with an 11-11 record in University Park and a 9-10 mark at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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

Minnesota starting lineup: Dupree McBrayer, Nate Mason, Jordan Murphy, Jamir Harris, and Bakary Konate, the first time the Golden Gophers used this lineup with Harris making his first-career start.

Minnesota matched its 3-point field goals per game average in the first half, knocking down seven in the game's opening frame.

Penn State won the battle in points off turnovers, 16-6, points in the paint, 44-38, and bench points, 8-6.




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