Penn State guns for NIT title tonight at MSG

NEW YORK — Penn State will have a chance to capture its second NIT championship since 2009 as the Nittany Lions meet the Utah Utes tonight in the NIT final.

The Nittany Lions used a 24-0 run in the second quarter during Tuesday night’s 75-60 win over Mississippi State in the semi-finals.

Tony Carr led the team in scoring, as the sophomore posted 21 points in the victory.

Senior Shep Garner dropped 18 in the win, with all 18 coming from the three-point ball.

Garner finished the game 6-of-9 from deep.

Utah earned a trip to the finals after beating Western Kentucky Tuesday night.

The Utes have the experience edge over Penn State in tonight’s NIT championship game, as the team starts four seniors in its lineup, two more than the Nittany Lions have on its roster.

Penn State will have to deal with another stat-stuffing big man tonight as Utes senior post-man Tyler Rawson has flirted with a double-double in each of his three NIT games thus far.

Rawson is the team’s leading rebounder, grabbing close to seven a game.

For scoring, The Utes leader is shifty-senior Justin Bibbins.

Bibbins, who stands at 5-foot-8, is averaging 14.8 points a game this season.

Aside from the production produced by Bibbins and Rawson, Utah looks to David Collette to knock down shots.

Collette who is averaging 13 a game, is shooting close to 64 percent from the field this season.

The Nittany Lions will need a team-effort from its bench order to take down such a senior-heavy team.

Tip-off at Madison Square Garden is set for 7 p.m. The game is being televised by ESPN2.

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