Penn State set for NIT semifinals in NYC
UNIVERSITY PARK – After taking down Marquette in the NIT quarterfinals last week, Penn State will now face Mississippi State with a trip to the NIT championship on the line.
Penn State defeated Marquette 85-80 behind a 30-point performance from sophomore Lamar Stevens.
Tony Carr also posted 25 points in the win to go along with six rebounds and seven assists.
The Nittany Lions will need the same offensive production tonight at Madison Square Garden from Carr and Stevens to stay pace with a three-ball happy team.
On defense, limiting the three-point shot is crucial once again in the matchup.
Mississippi State shot an overwhelming 59.1 percent from beyond the arc as they took down the top-seeded Baylor Bears by ways of a buzzer-beater back on March 18.
The Bulldogs’ 25-11 record marks its first winning season since 2011.
Junior guard Quinnadary Weatherspoon is the Bulldog’s scoring leader on the season, averaging close to 15 points a game.
Sophomore guard Lamar Peters does a job very similar to Penn State guard Josh Reaves in terms of production. He appears all over the stat sheet.
Peters is averaging close to 10 points and five assists a game to go along with two rebounds and nearly two steals.
Mississippi State gets the size advantage over the Nittany Lions.
Penn State will be facing a team with three players who are 6-foot-10 or taller in tonight’s semifinal game.
The Nittany Lions will look to John Harrar to be the team’s leader in rebounds while Mike Watkins remains out.
Harrar posted nine rebounds in the win over Marquette.
Tip tonight is scheduled for approximately 9 p.m. on ESPN.