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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Penn State men’s basketball shot above 50 percent from the field, but Minnesota capitalized on points off turnovers to ultimately earn the 76-70 victory Saturday evening at Williams Arena.
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Senior Sam Sessoms led four Nittany Lions in double figures with a team-high 18 points, plus five rebounds and three assists.
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Junior Seth Lundy had 16 points, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Senior Jalen Pickett added 10 points, four rebounds and six assists.
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Graduate student John Harrar was just shy of a double-double with 12 points on 6-of-8 from the field and a game-high nine boards.
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HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Nittany Lions started the game 4-for-6 from the field for an 8-7 lead at the first media timeout with six of those points courtesy of Harrar.
  • After Minnesota went on a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the night, Penn State answered right back with a 7-2 run of its own capped by Myles Dread’s three to force the Gophers to call timeout.
  • Solid play by Sessoms with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting through the first 15 minutes extended Penn State’s lead to 31-26 with 4:47 remaining in the first half.
  • The Nittany Lions held the five-point advantage at the final media timeout of the stanza before Minnesota closed the gap to make it a 36-36 game headed into the locker room. Penn State shot 60 percent (15-of-25) in the first half, but Minnesota scored 19 points off turnovers for the even…

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