Penn State Vs. Minnesota: Nittany Lions Fall, 80-66

Penn State's poor shooting against Minnesota resulted in another conference loss.

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Penn State Vs. Minnesota In Review: Loss Spoils Cammeron Woodyard's Big Day

A look back at the highs, lows and reaction from Penn State's 80-66 loss against Minnesota on Sunday.


Penn State Vs. Minnesota: Free Throw Shooting Dominates Nittany Lions' Loss

At some point in Penn State's 80-66 loss against Minnesota at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, the two teams attempted shots from the field and the Golden Gophers dominated the Nittany Lions in shooting percentage 55.3 percent to 30 percent. For all intents and purposes, that spread was where the game was one and lost.

A quick glance across the score sheet, though, and it's hard not to notice the staggering number of free throws attempted. The two teams combined to shoot 72 on the evening. That pace represents nearly one trip to the foul line every 30 seconds and especially during the second half, the game seemed to be more of a free throw shooting contest than a basketball game, with both teams marching to the stripe a several times every minute.

After the game, Penn State coach Patrick Chambers expressed doubt that the slow pace affected his team's rhythm.

"I teach them all the time, that's what 'attitude' is about," Chambers said. "You can't let officiating or missing shots dictate your effort. I'll watch the film, but you can't let the ref's whistle bother how you play."

That said, the volume of free throws attempted was historic and hard to ignore.

Minnesota's 33 made free throws and 44 attempted free throws are a Big Ten opponent records against Penn State. For the game, the Lions were whistled for a staggering 29 fouls. Six players between the two teams scored half or more of their total points in the game from the foul line.

Luckily for both teams, they were able to convert at a solid pace. The Gophers shot 75 percent from the line while the Lions hit at an 82.1 percent clip. Still, the number of foul shots taken slowed things down considerably to a pace Penn State isn't used to playing at. The resulting offensive effort was a paltry 30 percent shooting from the field including 29.2 percent from the free point line.

Penn State guard Cammeron Woodyard, like his coach, dismissed the role the frequent foul calls had on the game. If the whistles did have and effect, however, the senior spoke words that are true regardless.

"The referees got to be part of the game," Woodyard said. "We've got to adapt to how they play the game."

Penn State will get its next chance to adapt on Thursday night when Illinois visits the Bryce Jordan Center.


Penn State Vs. Minnesota: Nittany Lions Fall At Home, 80-66

From the three-point line to the free throw line to seemingly any spot on the court, Minnesota was red hot shooting in defeating Penn State 80-66 on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Golden Gophers (14-5, 2-4) shot a prolific 55.3 percent from the field, 50 percent from the perimeter and 75 percent from the free throw line and was able to erase an eight-point first-half deficit to topple a Penn State squad that managed just 30 percent shooting from the field and 29.2 percent shooting from the arc.

Joe Coleman's 23-point, five-rebound effort led Minnesota's four-double figure scorers, Julian Welch (15 points), Rodney Williams (14) and Austin Hollins. Meanwhile, Penn State severely lacked scoring depth, with Cammeron Woodyard and Tim Frazier's 42 combined points making up over two-thirds of the Lions' offense. Jermaine Marshall came on late with 12 second-half points, but his scoring mostly came when the game was out of reach.

Penn State forced 17 turnovers and owned the offensive glass 17-5, leading to a lot of extra chances that kept the game interesting, but Minnesota's shooting was simply too much to overcome.

NOTES: Freshman guard Trey Lewis missed the game with a back injury and is still undergoing tests. There is no timetable for his return...the crowd of 9,065 was Penn State's largest of the season.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for reaction from coaches and players Sunday evening and Monday morning.


Penn State Vs. Minnesota: Nittany Lions Trail 33-31 At Half

Penn State led by as many as eight points midway through the first half against Minnesota at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday but shot selection and defense down the stretch cost the Nittany Lions as they took a 33-31 deficit to the locker room.

The Golden Gophers, led by 12 points from Joe Coleman shot a robust 55.6 percent from the field, including 3-6 from 3-point territory. Nine turnovers and a 6-2 deficit on the offensive boards, however, led to Minnesota allowing a Penn State squad shooting just 34.8 percent from the field to stay in the game.

Cammeron Woodyard and Tim Frazier made up most all of the offense for the Lions, scoring 15 and 13 points, respectively. The rest of the team combined for just three points on 1-11 shooting from the field. Second-leading scorer Jermaine Marshall was 0-5.

For a full recap after the game and analysis on Monday, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.


Penn State Vs. Minnesota: Nittany Lions Look To Regain Momentum Against Golden Gophers

Penn State will try to bounce back at home after a loss to Nebraska on Wednesday.

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