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Lions Prepare for Big Ten Tournament

The Penn State men capped off their season on the hardwood a game above .500 with a thrilling, double overtime 86-79 win Sunday against the Fighting Illini of Illinois Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Shep Garner dropped 22 points on the Illini along with five rebounds and six assists while Brandon Taylor contributed with a double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 boards. For those of you keeping score at home, Garner and Taylor combined for 43 of Penn State’s 86 points.

After missing multiple games with mono, Josh Reaves topped his career-high 12 points, with 13 against the Illini and is starting to come into his own for the Lions.

The Lions finished the 2015-2016 campaign 16-15 overall and 7-11 in the Big 10 conference.

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10th Annual Pink Zone Game


Nittany Lions’ community impact aligns with Chambers’ philosophy


Photo courtesy of Centre County United Way

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Whether right or wrong, the Penn State men’s basketball team is judged largely by numbers.

Wins. Losses. Points. Rebounds. Turnovers. Amidst this analytic revolution we’re in, there’s seemingly a never-ending list of sports data. For example, check out Ken Pomeroy’s page of college basketball rankings. Some of the acronyms stand for previously unknown stats such as “adjusted tempo,” “adjusted offensive efficiency” and “pythagorean winning percentage.” According to his glossary, this last number represents a team’s expected winning percentage against an average Division I squad.

But numbers can’t quantify Penn State’s performance on Oct. 1 during the annual Col. Gerald F. Russell United Way Day of Caring.

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Penn State coaches live the Happy Valley Life


The Penn State men’s basketball coaching staff doesn't have trouble keeping a busy schedule, especially coming off the momentum of bringing in the program’s highly touted recruiting class. The team’s expanding fan base can be seen wearing T-shirts with the words, “Penn State basketball never stops” emblazoned across the front, embodying this fast-paced work environment.

So in those rare instances when it becomes available, how do coaches spend their free time?

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