and the scoring leader for NU was ... Evan Seacat with 6 of 11 from the arc, and 18 points.
The announced goal of the Nittany Lions was to take Vedran Vukusic and Mohamed Hachad out of their game. Hachad seemed lost at times, and only attempted 7 shots, few of them inside [and he was 0 for 3 from outside]. Vukusic was more active in the first half [11 points] but never seemed to mount his late game rally.
Meanwhile, Penn State seemed to get every call from the refs. The Lions went to the line 26 times to NU's 3. PSU shot 77%, scoring 20 points from the free throw line. Yes, some might claim "home cooking" but the problem was that most of the fouls seemed justified, many on "over the back calls" on rebounds after PSU had already shot the ball.
Meanwhile, NU just couldn't seem to raise any inside offense against the PSU 2-3 and 3-2 zone, even though they shot 49% from the floor, and 35% from the arc.
The Cats also couldn't seem to hit 3 pointers early, they gave Craig Moore at least 3 shots from the corner, Moore finished 0 for 7 for the game [all from the arc]. Michael Jenkins was also 0 for 2 in the game.
Tim Doyle was 4 of 4 [1 of 1] in the game for 9 points, and Bernard Cote` scored 5, including an early 3, walkon Senior Justin Hoeveler, scored his first NU points on a last minute layup to complete the Cat's scoring.
Coach Carmody couldn't make it up to the broadcast booth for the post game as the Cats fall back to .500 and remain at home for the final two games; Ohio State on Wednesday and Minnesota on Saturday.
Official Statistics from nusports.com
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