So Penn State vs. Pittsburgh on the basketball court doesn’t have the same appeal as it would on the football field. However, anytime the two schools from Pennsylvania meet for anything, it’s a pretty big deal. Tuesday night’s game was hard-fought by both teams. The Nittany Lions fell to the Panthers, 78-69 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game was back and forth, but in the end, the undefeated Panthers were too much for the Nittany Lions down the stretch.
The last time these two teams met on the court was in 2005, a contest that Pittsburgh easily won by 37 points.
Tuesday’s meeting was a lot closer than that. Penn State led by two points at the half and had a chance at victory late in the game, but just couldn’t come up with the needed buckets on offense or timely stops on the other end of the court.
Pittsburgh was clearly the better team, and kept their record unblemished so far in 2013.
Penn State star guard Tim Frazier led all scorers with 27 points. He also pitched in four rebounds and three assists. As well as Frazier played, it just wasn’t enough to help his out-manned Nittany Lions pull out the victory. Fellow guard D.J. Newbill also had a big game, scoring 18 points.
The Nittany Lions started fast, holding a small lead for much of the first half. They dominated the paint area against a Pitt team that looked shocked to start the game.
Pittsburgh took over in the second half, led by Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson, who both poured in 16 points. Zanna added 10 rebounds for a double-double. The Panthers woke up in the second half and got the raucus crowd at the Petersen Events Center.
For the Nittany Lions, it was their second loss in a row and third for the season. Penn State gets a chance to get back in the win column on December 7th at home against the Marshall Thundering Herd.
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