UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s basketball team used a 33-15 run in the game’s final 13 minutes to erase a 14-point deficit and rally to defeat #19 Michigan State 62-58 Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Nittany Lions only led the game for a total of 2:07, trailing by as much as 14 with 13:20 to play in the second half. The 33-15 game-closing run was cemented with a 12-4 Penn State advantage in the final 3:04 as the Nittany Lions clawed back for first-year head coach Micah Shrewsberry‘s first head coaching victory over a ranked team.
Junior Seth Lundy led all scorers with a game-high 17 points behind five 3-pointers. Graduate student John Harrar had a monster game for his seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 16 boards. Senior Jalen Pickett rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Nittany Lions with 10 points while adding four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- It was a slow shooting start for both teams with just a slight 14-9 Michigan State advantage through the first two media timeouts.
- Penn State then used a 7-2 run to get within two, 18-16, before the Spartans added a mid-range jumper before the under-8 media timeout for the four-point lead.
- The Nittany Lions then used another 8-2 run over the final six minutes of the first half to take their first lead. A three from the top of the key by Pickett and two free throws put the Nittany Lions…