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Penn State Comes Up Just Short in Comeback Attempt at Maryland

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Penn State men’s basketball team came up just short of a double-digit comeback bid on the road against the Maryland Terrapins, ultimately falling 67-61 Monday evening in the XFinity Center.
 
The Nittany Lions were down 13 with 8:40 remaining in regulation and clawed back within four before the Terrapins closed out the game from the charity stripe, going 14-of-18 from the free throw line in the second half.
 
Three Nittany Lions finished in double figures, led by senior Sam Sessom’s 17 points off the bench. Classmate Jalen Pickett added 13 points along with six boards and six assists. Graduate student John Harrar recorded his third-straight double-double and ninth of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Terrapins jumped out to an early 13-9 lead at the first media timeout nearly eight minutes into the game.
  • Penn State made 5-of-7 from the field leading up to the under-8 media timeout with junior Jevonnie Scott set to see the charity stripe out of the break. Scott hit both free throws before Sessoms and Harrar both hit second-chance layups to cap a 6-0 run and give the Nittany Lions a 23-21 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first half.
  • Penn State extended its lead to 28-24 with a three by Dallion Johnson which forced Maryland to call timeout with 2:45 left.
  • The Terrapins were able to climb back with the remaining time to make it a tie game, 28-28, at the halftime…

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