Penn State improved to 11-15 on the season and 3-10 in Big Ten play on Saturday afternoon with a 67-51 victory against Nebraska at the Bryce Jordan Center. Today, we take a look at the high and low points of the Nittany Lions' effort and hear the thoughts of players and coaches on the game. Before to check out our game stream for a full recap.
-Tim Frazier has been putting up a lot of points, dishing a lot of assists and grabbing a lot of rebounds this season, so many that his performances are often taken for granted and glossed over in this space. But after missing a triple double by just one assist, finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Frazier deserves a to have his efforts recognized this time. Just a superb performance, if not the best of his career.
-Jermaine Marshall came off the bench and scored 12 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting after putting up a dozen on 4-10 shooting the other night at Michigan State as the sixth man. Marshall clearly has the talent to be in the starting lineup, but his bench role right now appears to be forcing him to think about his shot selection a little bit more, so maybe this is a good spot for him.
-Penn State locked down on Nebraska's Bo Spencer, who went for 19 points when the two teams clashed on Jan. 11 in Lincoln, holding him to seven points on 3-of-8 shooting. No Cornhusker put up more than Dylan Talley's 12 points, either, a testament to solid team defense from State.
-The Lions made good use of the free throw line, finishing 12-of-14 from the stripe on the day.
-Billy Oliver's announcement after the game that he is ending his basketball career no doubt put a damper on the win. We'll have much more on the news later, but it should be noted here that this was definitely the low point of the day.
-It won't show in the Cornhuskers' 6-of-20 performance from three-point territory, but Penn State gave up a lot of good looks on the outside in this one. The Lions were lucky a few more didn't fall, or this easily could have become a much tighter basketball game.
-Penn State turned it over 13 times. Not terrible, but this helped the Huskers get off four more shots than the Lions over the course of the game.
Penn State coach Patrick Chambers (with a couple of helpers).
Nebraska coach Doc Sadler.
Penn State players Cammeron Woodyard, Billy Oliver and Tim Frazier.