Carr hits OT game-winner as Penn State halts Nebraska comeback
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) Tony Carr scored nine of his 17 points, including a game-winning long jumper with three seconds left in overtime, and Penn State beat Nebraska 76-74 on Friday night.
Lamar Stevens scored 26 points and Mike Watkins added 20 and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten), who led by as many as 16 in the second half.
Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland scored 21 points apiece while Isaiah Roby and Anton Gill scored 12 and 10, respectively, for the Cornhuskers (12-7, 3-3).
Penn State led 33-24 at halftime after closing out the first 20 minutes on a 21-9 run. Nebraska made just five of its final 14 field goals in that span and finished the first half 9-for-32 from the floor.
Shep Garner made a 3-pointer to give Penn State its largest lead at 42-26 just over two minutes into the second half.
But the Huskers fought back from there.
They put together a 39-23 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers from Copeland and Watson that made it a two-point game with 3:28 to play. They combined for four free throws and Watson hit the final shot of regulation moments later to send it to overtime 65-65.
THE BIG PICTURE
Nebraska: The Cornhuskers were on a good stretch with five wins in six tries before Friday’s game. Runs like that could come more often if they shoot better. Nebraska entered the Bryce Jordan Center shooting just 43 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range for the season.
Penn State: All three of Penn State’s conference losses have come by six or fewer points and although they played a poor-shooting team in this one, the Nittany Lions have enough talent committed to playing defense to keep even good offenses at bay. Whether they can outscore those teams, or hold on to big leads, remains to be seen.
Nebraska hosts Illinois (10-8, 0-5) on Monday.
Minnesota (13-5, 2-3) visits Penn State on Monday.