March 8, 2017
Penn State advances on to play No. 5 Michigan State on Thursday in the second round. It marks the seventh time in 20 tournament appearances that the Nittany Lions have advanced.
Penn State broke a five-game losing streak with its victory over Nebraska.
Penn State’s record in Big Ten Tournament play improves to 12-19.
With his fourth rebound of the first half, freshman Mike Watkins broken Jesse Arnelle’s 65-year-old freshman rebound record (254 in 1952). Watkins now has 261 rebounds in 2016-17.
Mike Watkins blocked eight Nebraska shots in Game 1, breaking Jeff Newton’s 15-year-old Big Ten Tournament record (vs. Iowa on 3/9/02). Earlier this season vs. Wright State (12/3/16), Watkins also had a career-best eight blocks. He has 88 total blocked shots in 2016-17. Watkins’ 18 points vs. Nebraska was just shy of his season-best of 20 at George Washington. Combined with his 11 rebounds, it marked Watkins’ eighth double-double of the season.
Today marked the first overtime game that either Penn State or Nebraska had played in Big Ten Tournament action. It’s the ninth overtime game in tournament history and first since March 10, 2016, when Michigan edged Northwestern, 72-70 in overtime in a second-round game.
Penn State won its first overtime game of 2016-17. Earlier this season, the Nittany Lions lost in triple overtime at Indiana and in single overtime vs. Purdue.
Team captain Ayto Banks grabbed a career-best nine rebounds vs. Nebraska.
In the overtime period vs. Nebraska, PSU was 2-of-3 from the field (including 2-of-2 on 3FG), 10-of-10 from the line, and out-rebounded Nebraska by a count of 7-2.
As a team, Penn State has 179 blocked shots this season, just one shy of its all-time single-season record (180 in 1997-98).
With 12 points tonight, senior Tai Webster has scored in double digits a team-best 30 times this season. The Auckland, New Zealand, native sits in 26th place all-time on Nebraska’s scoring list with 1,116 career points.
Webster finishes the season leading the Cornhuskers in scoring (17.0 PPG) and in assists (4.0 APG).
Junior Evan Taylor scored a career-high 15 points and recorded his sixth game with 10 points or more. Taylor has D.C. area ties as he went to Paul VI Catholic HS in Fairfax, Va.
With 11 points, Glynn Watson Jr. became the ninth Husker to register at least 400 points in a season as a sophomore. Watson Jr.’s 11-point performance also marks the 21st time this season that he has scored in double figures.
Sophomore Ed Murrow Jr. grabbed 10 rebounds, his seventh game with 10+ rebounds this season. Murrow Jr. finishes the season with a team-best rebounding average of 7.5 per game.