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Penn State 95, Nebraska 71: Nittany Lions Dominate Huskers

Lamar Stevens and Rasir Bolton propelled the Nittany Lions to a dominating victory over the Cornhuskers.

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

It was a rare dominating victory out of Penn State on Tuesday night as the Nittany Lions handled the Nebraska Cornhuskers from start to finish en route to a 95-71 victory. The game marked the ninth time in the Pat Chambers era that the Nittany Lions scored 90+ points and is the most in regulation this season. Lamar Stevens was a force early and often on Tuesday night, scoring 29 points in the Nittany Lions satisfying victory. There were no offensive droughts or struggles on Tuesday night either as the Nittany Lions shot 55.6% from the field and 50% from beyond the arch.

Teaming up with Stevens to lead the Nittany Lions was freshman Rasir Bolton who continued his hot play, scoring 21 points in his effort. Bolton was one of six players head coach Pat Chambers turned to coming off the bench against the Cornhuskers. Also contributing off the bench was Mike Watkins who had 10 points and 6 rebounds in his effort.

In reality, the Nittany Lions really didn’t need much offense outside of Stevens and Bolton as the two put on a show in front of a quality Bryce Jordan Center crowd.

The first half of the game was the tone setter, as the Nittany Lions seemed to be unable to miss at times, helping them get out to a double-digit lead. After a slow first few minutes, the Nittany Lions offense found their groove, taking a once 6-4 lead to 24-12 in less than seven minutes of action. From there, there was no turning back as they took a 44-25 lead into halftime.
The second half was a much more contested half with the second half totals being separated by just six points, a far cry from the 19 point difference in the first half. Despite the Cornhuskers scoring 46 points, they were never able to crawl back into the game thanks to the Nittany Lions’ complete dominance on offense. The Nittany Lions missed just 10 second-half shots as they put up 51 points in the final 20 minutes of action.

Four Factors

All the numbers look great when you are hitting shots and playing great defense.

Rasir Bolton put together a heck of a performance but Lamar Stevens was the star from start to finish on Tuesday night. The junior forward was efficient and effective all night, shooting 11-for-18 from the field including 2-for-5 from beyond the arch. Add in his eight rebounds and you couldn’t ask for much more from your star forward.

Random Observations

Pink and Black Jerseys - The Nittany Lions are now 3-0 on the season when wearing those beautiful pink and black jerseys. Perhaps they should just go back to those classic colors and keep them, forever.

Three Pointers - Penn State hasn’t always been great from beyond the arc this season but on Tuesday night, it was clicking for the Nittany Lions. They’re ability to hit the three from beyond the arc on Tuesday night helped propelled them to their big first half lead and they never looked back from there.

Rasir Bolton - Oh boy, is Rasir Bolton becoming an exciting player to watch or what?!. Bolton once again balled out for the Nittany Lions on Tuesday with his eighth straight game scoring double-digit points. The last few games he’s done so as well by being extremely effective including shooting 8-for-12 from the field.

Up Next

Penn State will take their talents to Champaign on Saturday to take on an Illinois squad looking to continue a rather hot stretch of play. The Illini have won four of their last five games, only dropping a game to No.22 Wisconsin. Tip-off is set for 12:00 pm on BTN.