Garner leads Penn State past Huskers
March 08, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) With his cousin rapper Flavor Flav cheering loudly from the third row, Shep Garner scored seven of Penn State's 16 points in overtime Wednesday, leading the Nittany Lions to a 76-67 victory over Nebraska in the opening game of the first Big Ten Tournament to be held in the nation's capital.
Penn State (15-17) never trailed and ended a five-game losing streak.
The 13th-seeded Nittany Lions advanced to face Michigan State in the second round.
Garner finished with 16 points, and freshman Mike Watkins had 18 points, 11 rebounds and a Big Ten Tournament-record eight blocked shots.
Evan Taylor led 12th-seeded Nebraska (12-19) with 15 points. But the Cornhuskers' top scorer, senior guard Tai Webster, shot 4 for 16 and fouled out in OT with 12 points, only two after halftime.
Nebraska made only 34 percent of its shots.
Penn State led by 11 in the first half before Nebraska pulled even at 30-all. Then Penn State went up by 10 midway through the second half, but Nebraska again chipped away.
In overtime, though, the Nittany Lions were led by Garner. The junior guard hit a 3 at the shot-clock buzzer with a little under 2 1/2 minutes remaining then made two foul shots with 80 seconds to go. Right before those free throws, Flavor Flav - a member of Public Enemy, then a reality TV personality - stood and yelled, ''Make this count!''