YAY HOOPS: Penn State vs Purdue Open Thread

"We have to close out games". And rightfully so. As Purdue coach Matt Painter put it, "Ryan saved us".

After the game, Purdue coach Matt Painter pointed out that the Boilers lost almost every statistical category aside from the one that matters most - the final score. "I think the only category we won tonight was the only one that's important and that's the final score".

"It says a lot about us (to win)", Swanigan said, "but at the same time it says a lot about the weaknesses we played with today".

Penn State began carrying that momentum into the extra frame, but it wouldn't last, thanks to Purdue's dagger - the 3-point shot. It would have run out had Shep Garner not fouled P.J. Thompson immediately afterward, however.

Watkins 4-6 3-4 11, Stevens 8-20 2-3 18, Carr 9-17 3-5 21, Reaves 3-6 0-0 6, Garner 4-11 0-0 10, Banks 0-6 0-0 0, Moore 1-2 2-2 4, Zemgulis 0-0 0-0 0, Washington 0-0 0-0 0.

But the errant shot was batted around and found its way to Thompson outside the three-point arc, with two seconds on the shot clock.

"After I hit the first one in overtime, if I got a clean look, I was going to shoot it", Cline said. "You always want to give the situation".

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Watkins was outmuscled in his first game against Purdue's sizable forwards when he scored just six points and grabbed only three rebounds earlier this season.

But the Nittany Lions couldn't get deep shots to fall. Both teams are 9-3-0 since the start of 2017, with each team averaging more than 4.0 goals per game over that stretch. "They didn't go down, though".

Painter wasn't happy with his guard play for much of the game. Penn State has dropped six of its last nine games but hasn't played since losing 82-66 at Nebraska on February 14.

Halftime-Penn St. 33-29. End Of Regulation-Tied 64.

On the season, Penn State basketball is averaging 72.2 points, 35.2 rebounds and 13.8 assists per game. The first-of-two games on the road this week for the Boilermakers, Purdue faces Penn State looking for its fifth straight win over the Nittany Lions and the season sweep.

Chambers and Penn State won't be seen hanging their heads for too long.

"He was just coaching to win the game", said Swanigan, who averages a team-high 31.8 minutes. "The encouraging thing for me is that we're not too far off. ... It shows where this program and this team is headed".

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