[Photo Story] Penn State Hoops’ Emotional NCAA Tournament Run

After a historic season that included a Big Ten Tournament Championship appearance, Penn State men’s basketball headed to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in its first NCAA Tournament since 2011.

There were smiles, sweat, tears, and a whole lot of grit left on the court. We were on the court to capture the Nittany Lions in the first and second rounds of their March Madness run.

No. 10-seeded Penn State men’s basketball took on the No. 7-seeded Texas A&M Aggies in its first matchup at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Andrew Funk dropped a season-high 27 points in Thursday’s game. He garnered national attention for his eight three-pointers and 80% conversion clip from behind the arc.

Myles Dread and Seth Lundy took a chance on Penn State this season. They both didn’t have to stay, and the two came up huge in this year’s tournament run.

“Seth [Lundy] and Myles [Dread], they didn’t have to stay,” Shrewsberry said. “They chose the hard route, right? There was two routes to take –There was an easy route and a hard route. They chose the hard route.”

There were some familiar faces in Des Moines. The Big Uglies made the trip to cheer on the Nittany Lions.

Penn State upset the No. 7-seeded Texas A&M Aggies 76-59 to advance to the Round of 32 against No. 2-seeded Texas.

Meanwhile, back in State College, students celebrated the win at Beaver Canyon.

Grease. The. Poles. It’s that Philly in ’em.

The team was back in the office Saturday evening to take on the Texas Longhorns.

Rolling off a dominant game, the blue and white were locked in ahead of its Round of 32 matchup.

There’s no denying the influence Micah Shrewsberry and Jalen Pickett had on the team’s success this season.

“It’s just been a joy to play with him,” Pickett said of Shrewsberry. “He’s got me up here with a couple of great guys…bringing in Cam [Wynter] and [Andrew] Funk to help us achieve these goals.”

The Wells Fargo Arena turned into Beaver Stadium Bryce Jordan Center West. The Nittany Lions even converted Kansas fans into fellow supporters.

Ultimately, Penn State fell 71-66 to No. 2-seeded Texas. However, Cam Wynter’s 16-point performance kept the Nittany Lions in the game all night.

Despite the loss, the Nittany Lions left it all on the court.

What a season. What a run.

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Hailey Stutzman

Hailey is a junior film production major and is Onward State's visual editor. She is also the editor of our podcast, Podward State. She's from outside of Philly-ish and is a die-hard Birds fan. When Hailey's not taking pictures or editing videos, you can find her scrolling through TikTok or sleeping. Feel free to reach her on Twitter when she wakes up @stutzhailey or her email [email protected].

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