Nittany Notes: Penn State wins in dramatic fashion

UNIVERSITY PARK – It doesn’t get much more exciting than Penn State’s win at Ohio State on Thursday night in Columbus.

In case you missed it, the Nittany Lions pulled off a stunner, knocking off the No. 13 Buckeyes, 82-79, when Tony Carr sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop hit a game-tying trey with five seconds left in the game. It appeared that the game was headed to OT, but Carr had other ideas. He banked in the game-winner from 35 feet away.

Chaos followed, as Penn State players mobbed Carr near center court.

Could this be the win that helps the Nittany Lions turn the corner? Only time will tell.

In case you missed it, here’s the dramatic finish:

Penn State venues ranked in Top 100

Penn State is the nation’s only college or university to have two facilities ranked among North America’s Top 100 stadium experiences for 2017.

Stadium Journey ranked Penn State’s iconic Beaver Stadium (No. 23) and Pegula Ice Arena (No. 71) among the Top 100 in North America. Stadium Journey asked its 100 writers to provide their Top 10 stadiums and from the votes compiled a listing of the Top 100 stadium experiences.

“We are proud of our facilities, but it’s our outstanding alumni, students and fans who make the atmosphere at our home events among the best in the nation,” said Brad Keen, Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing. “The passion, pride and enthusiasm Penn Staters provide for our student-athletes make a significant impact at all our venues.”

Stadium Journey ranks Pegula Ice Arena No. 1 among all of North America’s collegiate hockey facilities. It was the only collegiate hockey venue listed in the Top 100 overall. Opening in October 2013 at the start of the Nittany Lions’ second varsity season, Penn State men’s hockey has played in front of 70 consecutive sellouts in Pegula Ice Arena. The Nittany Lion women’s hockey team also plays in the state of the art facility.

The nation’s second largest facility, Beaver Stadium ranks as the No. 6 college football stadium, according to Stadium Journey. Opening in 1960, Beaver Stadium hosted its largest crowd all-time this past season when a primetime throng of 110,823 saw the Nittany Lions beat Michigan, 42-13. Penn State has been unbeaten at home each of the past two seasons.

Other Pennsylvania facilities included in Stadium Journey’s Top 100 were: Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field and PNC Park, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field and Wells Fargo Center, the Giant Center (Hershey) and FirstEnergy Stadium (Reading).

To view Stadium Journey’s Top 100 Stadium Experiences of 2017, go to: stadiumjourney.com/news/top-100-stadium-experiences-of-2017/

PSU student-athletes to be honored

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics celebrating recent academic achievements at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29 in the Morgan Academic Center. During the celebration, the three academic totals Nittany Lion student-athletes view every day high on the North wall – NCAA Graduation Rate, all-time CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and all-time Academic All-Big Ten honorees – will be updated based on honors through the 2017 fall semester.

Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, NCAA Faculty Representative Dennis Scanlon and at least one student-athlete will be transported via a portable lift to unveil the three new figures. Barbour, Scanlon, selected student-athletes and Russ Mushinsky, Director of the Morgan Academic Center, will be available to visit with the media immediately after the brief ceremony. Head coaches and student-athletes also are expected to be in attendance.

Last November, the NCAA reported Penn State student-athletes have a 90 percent graduation rate, which ties the school’s all-time and is an increase of two points from the 2015 report. Nine Nittany Lion teams earned a perfect 100 percent Graduation Success Rate, up from five teams two years ago.

Also during the fall semester, a fall school record total of 117 Nittany Lions were selected Academic All-Big Ten for earning at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

In addition, Haleigh Washington (WVB) earned CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades for the third consecutive year and Emily Ogle (WSOC) also was selected for Academic All-America honors. Washington was Penn State’s 200th CoSIDA Academic All-America selection all-time and the 2017 recipient of the Senior CLASS Award for women’s volleyball.

The new Morgan Academic Center opened in June 2016 in the location of the former Greenberg Ice Pavilion. The Morgan Academic Center is a vital component in keeping Penn State’s academic services and the academic performance of its approximately 800 student-athletes at the forefront among the nation’s premier Division I institutions. The MAC has all services and staff in one physical location to better support and advise student-athletes, while providing them with a more student-centered academic support facility. It includes office space for staff members, such as academic counselors, learning specialists and a sports psychologist; collaborative learning spaces; along with conference rooms, classroom space, a multimedia interview room, and student lounge. The facility also houses the new student-athlete welfare and development unit and features state-of-the art technological enhancements, including wireless access, charging and printing stations, a fueling station and other improvements.

 

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