Penn State Basketball Loses Fifth Straight
It has not been a fun twenty days for the Penn State basketball squad. Last night in East Lansing, Penn State (10-15, 2-10) lost their fifth straight game, falling to 11th-ranked Michigan State (19-5, 8-3).
Penn State got off to one of their signature slow starts, scoring only 8 points in the first 14 minutes and going into the half down 33-19. They shot 21% from the floor and an abysmal 2-12 from behind the arc.
The Nittany Lions would fare much better in the second half, shooting 54% and bringing the game to within 5 at one point. However, lights out shooting from Draymond Green and rebounding issues for Penn State down the stretch proved too much for the visitors to overcome as they would lose 77-57.
Tim Frazier and Jermaine Marshall were the only Nittany Lions to score in double-digits with 19 and 12 points respectively. Junior Nick Colella played nearly the entire game (37 minutes) and notched 3 three pointers of his own. Billy Oliver got his first start for Penn State since returning from concussion-like symptoms, although he would only play 11 uneventful minutes.
Penn State returns home on Saturday to take on Nebraska (11-12, 3-9) at 1 p.m. The game will also air on ESPNU. Penn State has fared much better at home this season, and they have a great opportunity to end their skid against the less than stellar Cornhuskers.