Penn State saw its win streak come to an end Thursday night as the Nittany Lions fell in East Lansing to No. 9 Michigan State, 82-67.
Tim Frazier held his own for the Nittany Lions in the loss. The senior poured in a game-high 22 points and D.J. Newbill added 17 points. Besides those two, no other Penn State player scored in double digits. Pat Chambers’ squad struggled from the field all game long, going 21-57 (and only 5-22 from three).
The Spartans, who were without starters Keith Appling and Branden Dawson due to injuries, got a lift from the return of senior Adreian Payne. Payne had been sidelined for a while (also due to injury) and scored 12 points to spark a strong all-around effort for Tom Izzo’s team. Michigan State had five guys score in double digits, led by Kenny Kaminski’s career-high 19 points. Denzel Valentine had a strong game for the Spartans with 11 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Michigan State only shot 28-60 from the field, but they made 12 three-pointers. The Spartans had 22 assists to Penn State’s 10 and also out-rebounded the Nittany Lions, 39-27.
Penn State’s record now stands at 12-11 (3-7 Big Ten). Their next game is a 4:15 tip at home on Sunday, February 9th against Illinois.