Lions Advance to Big Ten Final

After falling behind by 10 early, Penn State storms back to beat Michigan State 61-48 to advance to the Big Ten Tournament finals. The win further bolsters PSU's case for an NCAA Tournament bid.

With their backs against the wall and vying for their first NCAA Tournament bid in 10 years, Penn State entered the Big Ten semi-final game against Michigan State with few in national media giving Penn State a legitimate shot at a victory.

It looked like it was going to go that way too as PSU fell behind by 10 points early when Michigan State came out swinging. But the Lions saw Talor Battle get back into his groove after a tough game the previous night against Wisconsin. The senior guard posted 25 points, playing all 40 minutes en route to breaking the Big Ten record for career minutes, previously held by Dee Brown.

Tied at 26 at halftime, Battle ignited Penn State early in the second half with four consecutive three-pointers. But the real difference maker for the Nittany Lions was sophomore guard Tim Frazier.

Frazier played 39 minutes and scored a career-high 22 points, playing through a ankle injury midway though the second half and showing physical play in the lane by taking some big shots, including an intentional foul. Frazier also posted eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block.

PSU hit 42 percent of their shots from the field, out-pacing MSU's 32 percent and the Lions also drained 41 percent of their three-pointers. Penn State also won the battle on the boards grabbing 36 to the Spartan's 28.

This was Penn State's second win over Michigan State this season.

When asked about his thoughts on Penn State's tournament chances with this victory, PSU head coach Ed DeChellis replied, "I don't think there is any way they can keep us out now."

Next up the Lions face top Big Ten Tournament seed and No. 1 ranked Ohio State who knocked off Michigan earlier today 68-61. Stay tuned to FightOnState.com for continuing coverage.

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