Penn State stunned at the buzzer by Rider

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Penn State stunned at the buzzer by Rider

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Nazeer Bostick may have made a bold proclamation that inadvertently became bulletin board material on Friday night.

Rider coach Kevin Baggett reached for his marker and whiteboard where he scrawled the Penn State guards' words toward the Rider bench during warm-ups and relayed the message to his players.

"He said, `This game will be over in the first 10 minutes,'" Baggett said. "They didn't even want to hear anything I had to say from there. There was no pep talk or anything I needed to say from there."

Frederick Scott scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Rider to a 71-70 win over Penn State?on Friday.

Dimencio Vaughn scored 16, Tyere Marshall added 15 and Stevie Jordan scored 12 for the Broncs (6-5), who trailed by as many as 10 with?14:18?to play.

Josh Reaves scored 10 points and grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (10-4), who had their three-game winning streak snapped after leading for all but 4:52.

Afterward, Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said he heard a different story about how the pregame incident between Bostick and Rider's coaching staff unfolded.

"I don't know if that's true," Chambers said. "I heard that the coach had said something to Naz. I'm not here for hearsay. I'm here to coach my team and obviously I didn't do a very good job of that tonight."

Lamar Stevens added 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Shep Garner scored 18 on six 3-pointers for Penn State. Tony Carr and Mike Watkins chipped in 10 points apiece for the Nittany Lions.

But Scott played the biggest role in the final four minutes.

He scored seven straight points in a 1:57 span to cut Penn State's lead to 65-64 with four minutes to play. He gave Rider a 66-65 lead with a pair of free throws with 1:23 left before Garner hit a 3 that put Penn State up 70-66 with 22 seconds left. Jordan's layup with 14 seconds left pulled Rider within two points and set the stage for Scott's winner, which he made despite tight defense from Garner.

"We wanted to get to Freddie rolling back," Baggett said. "They tried to press us and actually they left the court open for us a little bit to be able to have a little space and find Freddie."

Reaves doing it all
Reaves has been arguably Penn State's best defender for a while, but the junior is doing so much more than frustrating other teams' shooters.

His career-best game on the glass also included five steals and eight assists.

None were prettier than his slick bounce pass to Julian Moore who turned the feed into a dunk to put Penn State up 28-22 late in the first.

"We would've lost by 10 if he wasn't out there," Chambers said. "He's the guy that people need to be talking about a lot more. This is a guy that's setting the table for a lot of his teammates, he goes out and competes and is very consistent."

Allen's 1st slump
Jordan Allen has started quickly in his first season for the Broncs. He posted double figures in each of his first 10 games but was held to eight in each of the last two.

He was held scoreless in the second half inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

"He needs to watch more film," Baggett said. "I think he's in a rush to really try and get his shots off and now he's got to learn how to use shot fakes when guys are closing down on him pretty hard. Just got to be patient."

The Takeaway
Rider: Broncs fans will enjoy watching redshirt freshman Allen develop and he appears to have a nice supporting cast around him. Baggett was asked if he'd have been happy with a 7-5 nonconference slate thus far and responded with a resounding, `Yes.'

Penn State: The Nittany Lions have one nonconference game left before returning to conference play where they expect to make some noise. Penn State is just 30-80 in Big Ten play since Chambers took over in 2011 but has its most talented lineup since.

Up Next
Rider visits Canisius on Friday.

Penn State hosts Coppin State on Dec. 30.

Penn State falls to Northwestern for 2nd straight loss

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Penn State falls to Northwestern for 2nd straight loss

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — Vic Law had 18 points and Scottie Lindsey scored 13 to lead Northwestern to a 70-61 victory over Penn State on Saturday afternoon.

Dererk Pardon added 12 points and Bryant McIntosh 10 for the Wildcats (12-9, 3-5 Big Ten), who snapped a two-game skid.

Shep Garner scored 22 points and Lamar Stevens added 13 for the Nittany Lions (13-8, 3-5), who have lost five of eight.

Northwestern used an 11-0 run to pull ahead 66-59 with 3:26 left in the game.

Pardon scored the run's first six points - with two dunks. Law followed with a 3 and McIntosh capped the run with a jumper. Gavin Skelly made two free throws with 27.5 seconds remaining to seal it.

Penn State went without a field goal over the final 10:37. The Nittany Lions shot 37 percent in the second half after shooting 68 percent before the break.

Penn State's Tony Carr was averaging 19.6 points per game to rank second in the Big Ten but finished with just eight points.

The Nittany Lions beat the visiting Wildcats 78-63 two weeks ago.

Law's 3 gave Northwestern its first lead at 24-23 and capped an 11-2 run. Penn State led 35-33 at halftime after Garner nailed two 3s in the final two minutes. He had 17 points and was 5 for 6 beyond the arc at the break.

The Nittany Lions led by as much as nine in the first half.

Northwestern has won seven of its last 11 games against Penn State.

Big Picture
Penn State: The Nittany Lions have had to adjust without their top defender Josh Reaves, who has been suspended for academic reasons. They fell to 1-3 without Reaves.

Northwestern: The Wildcats have faltered after going to the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in school history. The schedule doesn't get easier - the Wildcats play five of their next six games on the road.

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Penn State is at No. 22 Ohio State on Thursday.

Northwestern is at Minnesota on Tuesday.

Penn State comes up short in overtime

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Penn State comes up short in overtime

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Dupree McBrayer scored 14 of a career-high 24 points in the second half and overtime and Minnesota beat Penn State 95-84 on Monday night.

Nate Mason added 25 points and Jordan Murphy scored 22 and grabbed 19 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (14-6, 3-4 Big Ten) who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Tony Carr scored 33 points, Mike Watkins added 20 and 11 rebounds and Lamar Stevens chipped in 12 for Penn State (13-7, 3-4).

Minnesota made 53 percent of its field goals on 35-for-66 shooting. That included a 10-for-17 pace from 3-point range with three coming in overtime after the Golden Gophers gave up a 13-point lead with 8:56 to play.

McBrayer hit a jumper then to put Minnesota up with its largest lead of the game at 63-50 but Penn State raced back with a 15-2 run. Mike Watkins capped Penn State's surge with his second steal, sprinted the other way for a dunk that tied it 65.

The teams traded baskets down the stretch before Carr sank a 3-pointer with three seconds left to make it 74-all and force overtime.

Big Picture
Minnesota: The Golden Gophers needed some positive energy. Losers of three straight since star Reggie Lynch was suspended and talented sophomore Amir Coffey was hurt, a win to kick off an East Coast road trip featuring three games in six days should boost their morale.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions need Josh Reaves back. They looked listless at points in this one without arguably their most fiery player. Notably, Penn State has allowed nearly 10 more points per game with their best defender suspended for academic reasons.

Up Next
Minnesota travels to Maryland on Thursday.

Penn State travels to Northwestern on Saturday.