Nittany Lions Make It Two Straight By Beating Rutgers On The Road

Second-half spurt allows Penn State to pull away from the Scarlet Knights.

Penn State basketball is finally on a bit of a roll.

The Nittany Lions, who upset No. 4 Iowa at the Jordan Center Wednesday, cruised past hapless Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday. PSU used a 15-0 run in the second half to seize control in a 70-58 victory, improving to 14-13 on the season and 5-9 in the Big Ten.

The Scarlet Knights fell to 6-21 overall and are still looking for their first conference victory of the season (0-14).

PSU has now won two straight games for the first time since the end of the non-conference schedule in December. The Lions have won back-to-back regular-season Big Ten games for the first time since late January of 2015.

Guard Shep Garner led all scorers with 20 points, and his jumper midway through the second half capped a 15-0 run that put the Lion in front, 50-37. RU would not get closer than a dozen the rest of he way.

It looked like the game would be a blowout early, as State bolted to a 23-8 lead. But then the Lion offense began to struggle, allowing the shorthanded Scarlet Knight to climb back within 28-22 at the break.Rookie guard Jonathan Laurent led an RU spurt early in the second half and the Knights actually went up 37-35. But then PSU unleashed its run to settle it.

Forward Brandon Taylor added 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for the Lions. Post player Donovon Jack had his second solid game in a row, scoring 12, while rookie guard Josh Reaves also added a dozen.

Rutgers, playing without suspended star freshman Corey Sanders, got a career-high 19 from Laurent.

You can see Lion coach Pat Chambers press conference above, courtesy of ScarletReport.com.

PSU looks to extend its winning streak to three games when Nebraska visits Thursday. The game tips at 7 p.m. and can been seen on ESPNU. 

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