Shep Garner Leads Nittany Lions To 67-58 Road Victory Over Boston College
Behind a career night from Shep Garner, Penn State (4-2) picked up a big 67-58 road victory over Boston College (3-4) Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
How It Happened
Doing his best Steph Curry impression, Garner may have played his best 10 minutes as a Nittany Lion. Garner started the game 5-of-5 from deep, putting Penn State up 22-15 in the early going. The Nittany Lions couldn’t stay out of foul trouble, committing their seventh foul and putting Boston College in the penalty with over 10 minutes left in the half. The Eagles may not have converted on their free throws — going 7-of-13 from the charity stripe — but shot nearly as well as the Nittany Lions from deep, connecting on 5-of-9 threes in the first twenty minutes.
Boston College’s A.J. Turner led the way with 13 points for the Eagles in the first half, and sparked their comeback. After trailing by as many as seven points, Boston College capitalized on a hot-and-cold Penn State team, and took a 30-29 lead into halftime.
The Eagles’ Dennis Clifford played strong coming out of the break, extending Boston College’s lead to 38-31. And then, my friends, Shep Garner’s transformation into Steph Curry was complete. Garner made three consecutive three pointers in a one-minute span, giving Penn State a 42-40 lead — a lead it would never give back.
Things stayed close until Penn State went on a 7-0 run, putting itself up 55-47. From there, strong defense carried the Nittany Lions through the rest of the game. Clean looks were few and far between as the Eagles struggled to get much of anything going offensively.
With just 19 seconds remaining in the game, Shep Garner calmly knocked down two free throws, securing a 67-58 victory for Penn State.
Player Of The Game
This one wasn’t even close. Shep Garner is the Player of the Game, and he might not be a mortal. Garner finished with a career-high 30 points (8-of-12 from three), and was the key cog in the Nittany Lions’ victory. All hail, Shep Garner.
Penn State will next be in action on December 5 at 12:00 p.m. when Eastern Michigan visits Happy Valley.