Penn St. 65, Nebraska 59
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Rahsaan Carlton scored eight of Penn State’s final 10 points as the Nittany Lions rallied to beat Nebraska 65-59 Tuesday night in the second round of the NIT.
The game matching the seventh-place finishers in the Big Eight and Big Ten was tight during the first half. There were six ties, the final one coming when Greg Bartrum hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to make it 36-36.
The Nittany Lions (19-10) were 8-of-16 from long range in the first half, but made only four 2-point baskets and four free throws.
Nebraska threatened to break the game open early in the second half. Mikki Moore scored the first eight points in a 12-0 run as Nebraska took a 48-36 lead.
But then the Huskers (18-14) went cold, scoring just 11 points in the final 16 minutes, often missing open shots and layups.
Penn State fought its way back into the game with two 3-pointers from Dan Earl and a basket by John Amaechi, cutting Nebraska’s lead to 48-44 with 13:03 left.
The Nittany Lions took their first lead of the half with 6:38 remaining when Pete Lisicky hit his second consecutive 3-pointer to put Penn State on top 55-53.
Moore, who scored all 15 of his points in the second half, hit a pair of free throws to put Nebraska back in front. But then Carlton, who had been on the bench with four fouls, came back in and hit a long jumper to give Penn State the lead for good.
Carlton led Penn State with 19 points, Earl had 14 and Amaechi added 12.
Moore paced Nebraska with 15 points. Jaron Boone finished with 11 points, all in the first half.