Fernando has the look of a star once he becomes more consistent offensively.
It's an exciting brand of basketball coupled with defense and rebounding that's brought Penn State to this point, one where Thursday's 8 p.m. tip in the Bryce Jordan Center against No. 8 Ohio State (22-5, 13-1) will play out in front of a White-Out crowd. A win in West Lafayette, and Penn State just might be able to put on its dancing shoes.
The Buckeyes trailed by as many as 30 early in the second but used an 18-4 run to cut Penn State's lead to 16 with 10:32 to play. You have to make Penn State work for open shots, lock up man-to-man, and force dribble-drives and look for help, rather than sagging back and allowing open threes.
Lewandowski found the back of the net twice while Hirose scored once and added two assists. Ohio State vs Penn State tv channel is on BTN. It would appear Michigan (No. 39 RPI) and Nebraska (No. 53) are next in line. Both coaches were pursued by National Football League teams and Division I programs during the off season. Now, the Nittany Lions will have a chance to beat ranked foes in back-to-back games for the first time since January 2011 when the Nittany Lions beat No. 18 Michigan State and No. 16 IL consecutively.
Ohio State wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 14 points from turnovers, compared to Penn State's 15.
So too would Garner, whose own Penn State legacy will be finalized one way or another in the coming month.
On the subsequent Spartans' power-play, Lewandowski converted a centering feed from Patrick Khodorenko for the second time of the evening to extend Michigan State's lead to two goals. The Buckeyes weren't happy with their defense in the start to that game, helping the ridiculous 3-point percentage.
Ohio State has been on a tear lately, and they've lost just one game since Christmas.
I can remember the excitement around Penn State basketball at the time, and it was the first time that I can ever recall Central Pennsylvania getting excited about anything basketball outside of high school hoops. Tech originally wasn't scheduled to face the Nittany Lions but, in an effort to play a fourth game due to weather, the two played and the Hokies pulled out a 3-1 win.
NORTHWESTERN (9-18): Hopkins 1-3 0-0 2, Kunaiyi-Akpanah 9-14 3-3 21, Scheid 4-12 1-2 10, Hamilton 2-8 0-0 5, Pulliam 5-17 1-2 11, Wolf 1-3 0-2 2, Galernik 3-5 2-2 8, Totals 25-62 7-11 59. Three of the top five scorers are from the Big Ten.