Penn State Advances To Second Round Of NIT
With just over 2 seconds in regulation, Talor Battle had been held scoreless for the entire second half. George Mason was all but guaranteed the upset win over the No. 2 Seed Nittany Lions in the opening round of the NIT, up by three points. And then- a desperation shot.
Battle closed the second period with a three-pointer to force overtime.
From there, Penn State seemed to seize control of the game, with the late-surging Battle scoring two successive three-point jumpers within the first minute and a half of overtime. The Lions successfully held a multi-possession lead until ten seconds remained, when GMU’s John Vaughan made an incredible three-point attempt to bring the game within two points. However, two clutch free-throws by Stanley Pringle were too much for the seventh-seeded Patriots to overcome. Old State wins, 77-73. There’s a video of the final minutes below.
Penn State kept their postseason alive in thrilling fashion despite losing Senior Forward Jamelle Cornley early in the game, who was later seen with his arm in a sling on the bench. There is no information regarding the severity of his injury at this time.
The Nittany Lions will go on to play the University of Rhode Island at 7 PM Thursday in the second round. The Rams defeated Penn State 77-72 in November’s Philly Classic tournament this season.