Kalin Lucas led the Spartans with 16 points but was guilty of 5 turnovers in the 61-48 loss. Lucas found help from Durrell Summers (11 points) and Draymond Green (10 points), however, poor shooting from the field (32%) and lack of an inside game, gave Penn State the tools needed to advance to the programs first Big Ten Tournament final.
Did the Spartans hit the wall on Saturday coming off an emotional win over Purdue? According to Lucas, the Spartans were right there in the beginning.
"I don't want to say we was tired, I just think we did start off real good and then after that they started hitting shots, and I think that just took something out of us. You know, we started coming down, and we wasn't scoring the ball, and they was. I think that's what that came down to."
Did the Spartans do enough to earn a chance to make a signature moment this season in the tournament? We will all find out Sunday night when the final field is announced.