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One Last Home Game For Shep Garner & Julian Moore

As the Nittany Lions continue their quest toward an NCAA berth in the tournament, their seniors continue to play important roles. The Nittany Lions are 19-10 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten, but are playing up to every team that they match up against.

Shep Garner has been a mainstay in the starting lineup since he arrived in Happy Valley, and now places in the top ten in Penn State career points scored. Garner is about as consistent as they come, and his hard work has paid off. Just ask Flavor Flav.

This season, Garner has taken a backseat in terms of scoring and has focused more on defense and spot-up shooting. Garner is hitting on 41 percent of his three-pointers and leads the Big Ten with an average of 3.0 three-pointers made per game.

His presence in the backcourt has brought stability to the team that is hard to even describe. The senior also seems to love his teammates and is pulling for Tony Carr to reel in the Big Ten Player of the Year honors. Not all players like to slide into a more specific role in order to allow for other players to take over, but Garner has done just that.

Julian Moore is the other senior to be honored Wednesday night. He has been the primary back-up big-man to Mike Watkins all season. Moore has had experience defending the top big-men in the Big Ten, including Isaac Haas and Ethan Happ, which could prove to be invaluable when the Big Ten heads to Madison Square Garden for the conference tournament. Although he doesn’t average many points, his defense and awareness has helped the Nittany Lions compete with every team in the Big Ten.

Moore has put in double-digit minutes in eight of the last nine games — six of which the Nittany Lions have won, and two of those losses came against Michigan State and Purdue. The forward has been around the block and knows what it takes to win in the Big Ten. Don’t be surprised if Moore continues to put in good minutes for Chambers, especially on the defensive side of things.

Although Garner and Moore have taken backseats to Carr, Stevens, and Watkins, both seniors have played their role well, and deserve to be recognized for their accomplishements Wednesday against No. 17 Michigan. That Wednesday night matchup is the final home game of the regular season, and the Nittany Lions will need a raucous crowd in attendance.

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