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Penn State Basketball: Tony Carr pulls Nittany Lions past Nebraska in overtime

Penn State Basketball: Tony Carr pulls Nittany Lions past Nebraska in overtime

While Nebraska's ability to fight back and send the game into extra time was admirable, it didn't lessen the sting one bit for head coach Tim Miles and his team.

Big man Mike Watkins recorded a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. NU was just 9-of-32 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, despite getting 12 first-half points from Watson. They shot 38 percent the first half.

The win was Penn State men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers' 100th at Penn State.

But it was Carr, who notched 18 of 28 in the second half at in on Tuesday, who wrestled control back with tough makes through crowds of defenders in the final five minutes.

Carr didn't have the best game from the field, but was clutch down the stretch in overtime.

Despite that quick start for Penn State, the Cornhuskers hovered around a 10-point deficit for the majority of the second half, but a run just before the final media timeout took a Penn State lead that was once 16 points down to a single-possession game.

"Nebraska's Anton Gill nailed a three-pointer with 14 seconds left in the game to tie it for the sixth time at 74-74".

Much like it did in the 2017 Big Ten Tournament, Nebraska turned around a huge Penn State lead thanks to the play of Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland - both finishing with 21 points. He scored five points - 10.8 fewer than his average - and made 1 of 9 shots. A jumper by Watson with 1:27 left would tie it again at 65-65, and that score would hold into overtime. He scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and Roby added seven of his 12 in that span.

Neither team racked up a lead larger than five points for the majority of the first half, but the Cornhuskers went cold from the field down the stretch and Penn State closed on a 7-0 run to take a 33-24 heading into the break.

"For as many good things as we did, we did just enough to lose".

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Carr finished with 17 points, as one of three Penn State players in double figures, joining Lamar Stevens (26 points) and Mike Watkins (20 points).

Copeland, Roby and Watson, who finished with 21 points, scored Nebraska's final 19 in regulation to get to overtime.

Nebraska, which could have been alone in fourth place in the Big Ten with a victory, plays IL at home Monday. "It's just that our offense got worse as the thing went on".

"We'll hopefully have a resolution soon".

Watson got the Husker attack going early, scoring nine of Nebraska's first 11 points, including the first seven.

"I think guys are bummed out, disappointed, whatever, but they got to work", Miles said.

The Nittany Lions kept their foot on the pedal coming back for the second half - progressing that late surge to a 13-0 run.

Penn State's offense came out blazing with a 14-7 run to open the second half, but when Miles went to his zone - a look that has worked quite well for NU this season - the Huskers suddenly responded with a 10-1 run of their own.

Questions were flying as the final minutes ticked away, and star guard James Palmer was planted firmly on Nebraska's bench.

"Tony had the guts to come out and hit some big shots for us when he didn't have the best shooting night", Chambers said.


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