Penn State Basketball held serve at home, bouncing back from a loss to UMass, by dispatching St. Francies (Brooklyn) 74-59 Thursday
Penn State Basketball moved to 2-1 on the year with a 74 – 59 victory over the St. Francis (Brooklyn) terriers.
Penn State Basketball was led by Sam Sessoms with 26 points, Seth Lundy with 11 points, and we can’t forget the legend of Delco himself, John Harrar with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Turnovers continue to plague the Lions, who were particularly sloppy with 14 turnovers tonight. Fortunately, their aggressiveness led to 20 St. Francis fouls, resulting in 17 PSU free throws (23 made).
This game was considered a ‘campus game’ in the Emerald Coast Classic, which starts next Friday, November 26th when Penn State will likely be underdogs for the first time this season playing Louisiana State University at the Arena of Northwest Florida State.
Penn State will then play either Oregon State or Wake Forest on Saturday in either the 3rd place or championship game.
The Nittany Lions, opening as 23.5 point favorites, needed an easy win after coming out incredibly flat in Amherst on Monday. With their third different starting lineup in three days (Sessoms, Pickett, Lundy, White, Harrar), the Lions inexplicably came out sluggish, forcing Shrewsberry to call a timeout just two minutes into the game. Some very cold Terrier shooting (12/32) compared to the Lions (16/28), along with a personal 8-0 run from Sam Sessoms helped PSU to a 40-27 halftime lead.
The entire second half was played within a 10 and 17-point Nittany Lion lead.
The Terriers got warm from deep but Sessoms driving and Harrar down low were able to keep them at bay. Transfer Jalanni White made an impact with 8 points and 7 boards, but was on the floor with four fouls and fouled out with 7:55 to go.
This also marked the third straight game without a single incoming transfer this year cracking double digits in scoring.
Despite moving to 0-3 against the spread, Penn State picked up a much-needed victory. Next up, hosting Cornell Monday, November 22nd at 6:30 pm.