PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Falls To George Washington 76-66 In Washington, D.C.

After a dominating 81-70 win over Eastern Michigan, Penn State men’s basketball traveled to Washington, D.C. to take on 7-1 George Washington. After defeating No. 6 Virginia in its second game of the season, the Colonials established themselves as one of the nation’s top sleepers. The Nittany Lions had some flashes of brilliance, but couldn’t keep George Washington at bay from the floor as they ultimately fell to the Colonials 76-66.

How It Happened

The first half was close a shootout thanks exciting back-and-forth action behind sharp defending from Josh Reaves and the hot hand of Payton Banks. Both teams combined for 15 three-pointers throughout the contest, and George Washington headed into halftime with a 40-33 lead after a closely-contested first half that featured consistent shooting from Penn State’s backcourt. Shep Garner started off hot with two straight three-pointers, but eventually cooled off as he finished shooting 2-for-6 in the first half. Payton Banks followed Garner with seven points in the first half after shooting 3-for-6 from the field.

The problem for Penn State simply was stopping George Washington on the offensive end. The Colonials went 7-for-14 from behind the arc and relied heavily on Yuta Watanbe to produce. He ended with 14 points in the game, and served as the catalyst to the dominant offensive production from George Washington in the first half.

In the second half, the Penn State offense struggled out of the gate after failing to score its first bucket until the16:23 mark. The Colonials kept on rolling with the basketball, leaving Penn State helpless in its wake. It took Penn State almost eight minutes to pick up the intensity from the field, and eventually strung together a pair of 7-0 runs to cut the deficit to nine with three minutes left in the game.

Shep Garner and Brandon Taylor eventually got it going in the second half, ending with 37 of the Nittany Lions’ 66 points, but couldn’t do enough to stop the George Washington attack. Penn State was unable to mount a comeback as it fell to George Washington 76-66. Garner led all scorers with 22, followed by Taylor with 15 and Banks with 10.

Player Of The Game

Shep Garner | Sophomore | Point Guard

The one fans call “Sh3p” showed us why he earned that nickname after shooting 3-for-6 from beyond the arc with some NBA-caliber shots. Garner’s 22-point performance is the second time this season he’s had 20+ points, and his hot hand was the main source of production for the Nittany Lions.

What’s Next?

Penn State returns to Rec Hall for its next two games. The Nittany Lions will take on Canisius on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. followed by Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m.

About the Author

Jacob Abrams

Jacob Abrams is a sophomore from Oxford, PA, majoring in Management in the Smeal College of Business. Jacob is the President/GM of The LION 90.7 FM along with being a play-by-play commentator and sports talk show host. He is a sports fanatic, and strongly supports the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, and the New Orleans Saints. He is a first-generation Penn Stater, and in his free time he likes to play sports and sing. You can follow him on Twitter @jake_abrams and contact him at [email protected]


More by Jacob

Penn State Baseball Takes One Of Three Against Maryland In Weekend Series

Penn State needed a rebound performance at home as it played host to Big Ten rival Maryland for a three-game series this weekend, but it didn’t go as planned.

Christian Hackenberg Selected No. 51 Overall By The New York Jets In The 2016 NFL Draft

Penn State Baseball Falls To Kent State 6-2 At Home


Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Sophomore midfielder Shea Moyer scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of a rainy season opener at Jeffrey Field.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Student Life

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend