This one looked promising for the Nittany Lions for much of the game. However, as per usual this season, Penn State has really struggled late in games and been unable to hold on to and close out a lead. After taking a 35-30 lead into halftime, the Nittany Lions faltered in the second half and ended up losing by a score of 68-65 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The loss was the third-straight for the Nittany Lions, with all three losses being in Big Ten Conference games.
Penn State didn’t start off very well, going down by as many as 10 points before putting it together mid-way through the first half. Star guard Tim Frazier led the way early for the Nittany Lions, putting up 13 points and five assists before the break. Tough forward Ross Travis, who’s shown a knack for grabbing boards, added 10 points in the first half and seven rebounds.
The Nittany Lions came out of the break hot, extending the lead to eight points before eventually allowing the Golden Gophers back into the game. The game was close the rest of the way. Penn State came up short on a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.
Tim Frazier led the way for Penn State, finishing with 20 points and eight assists. However, he fouled out of the game in the final minute. There was some confusion as to whether the foul was Frazier’s fourth or fifth of the game. The Nittany Lions would have liked to have him in the game to take the final shot. D.J. Newbill, who makes up the other part of one of the top backcourts in the nation, really struggled in this one. He failed to score and also fouled out of the game.
Minnesota was led by DeAndre Mathieu, who scored 16 points. Elliott Eliason was difficult for the Nittany Lions to handle down low, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Penn State takes the court next on Saturday, still searching for its first conference win of the season. The Indiana Hoosiers come to town for a 12:00 p.m. tip-off.
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