Maybe the 70-54 thumping Penn State absorbed from Nebraska in Lincoln Feb. 13 was a good thing. Because since then, the Nittany Lions have been on fire.
Pat Chambers' squad played host to those same Cornhuskers at the Jordan Center Thursday night, coming away with a 56-55 victory to notch its third straight win. The Lions, who are now enjoying their first three-game Big Ten winning streak since early February of 2014, have not lost since the previous Nebraska game.
But it was not pretty. PSU led by as many as 18 in the second half but saw the entire lead disappear, as Nebraska tied it at 55-55 in the final minute. Shep Garner made one of two free throws with seven seconds to go for the 56-55 lead. It was State's only point in the last 5:25 of the game.
Garner finished with a team-high 22 for the Lions. Brandon Taylor added 19 and 10 rebounds for the PSU.
"You only have to win by one, so we'll take it,” Taylor said.
Cornhusker forward Shavon Shields finished with 25 to lead all scorers, but his 15-footer just before the buzzer was short and State held on for the win.
PSU improved to 15-13 overall and 6-9 in the conference with the victory. Nebraska dipped to 14-15 and 6-10.
Stay tuned for more from the Jordan Center.