Penn State Wins NIT
The NITtany Lions were victorious last night in the NIT Championship game, beating Baylor 69-63.
The title was the first for the Nittany Lions in 10 N.I.T. appearances. The senior Jamelle Cornley, an emotional leader, scored 18 points and picked up a technical foul with his partially dislocated left shoulder heavily wrapped.
Penn State sent 36 buses full of students and faculty to Madison Square Garden. As I type this, they are only just returning. Their spirit helped spark the Blue and White to victory. The Big Apple might as well have been State College for how many Penn Staters were there. Some people weren’t happy about that.
Falling short of making the NCAA Tournament wasn’t good, but the team made the best of it.
This was just the second postseason title of any kind for Penn State (27-11), which won the Atlantic 10 tournament in 1991.
There is certainly something to be said for that. I hope the enthusiasm and support for the team continues into next year and beyond. We are no longer just a football school!