Penn State basketball played tough on the road, but couldn’t hang with No. 25 Maryland.
Looking for its fifth win on the young season, Penn State basketball headed to College Park Saturday to begin the Big Ten portion of the schedule. The Nittany Lions played hard and hung close to No. 25 Maryland, but couldn’t hold on at the end. The Terrapins shut down the Nittany Lions late in the game en route to the 66-59 victory.
Penn State was riding high coming into the contest with the Terps, having upset No. 13 Virginia Tech in the last game.
Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions started slow, missing 12 of their first 13 shots and quickly falling behind. However, they turned it on and used a 10-0 run to pull ahead and lead by one point at halftime.
The game went back-and-forth in the second half, but the Nittany Lions went through a scoreless lull that doomed them. Despite falling behind, they had a chance and pulled to within three points with just over two minutes remaining. That’s when Maryland junior guard, Anthony Cowan Jr. hit a clutch three-pointer from way behind the arc with the shot clock winding down.
Ultimately, rebounding and foul shots did the Nittany Lions in. Maryland held a 40-28 advantage in the rebounding department, and Penn State got outscored 18-4 at the foul line. Maryland got a huge game from Bruno Fernando, who grabbed 13 boards and added 12 points.
Penn State was led by the veteran combination of Lamar Stevens and Josh Reaves. Stevens finished with 19 points and eight rebounds (both team highs), and Reaves chipped in 17 points and seven boards.
Freshman guard Rasir Bolton had 15 points off the bench for the Nittany Lions.
After winning the NIT last season, Penn State has a chance for a special season this year. However, the Nittany Lions need to start getting more consistent play from everyone.
Penn State will be back on the court at home Tuesday night to host the Indiana Hoosiers.