There was a point midway through the second half where it looked like the distraction caused by Jordy Tshimanga's sudden departure had gotten to Nebraska's players against Penn State on Friday night. Penn State had their own personnel issues going into the game, as starting guard Josh Reaves missed the contest due to academic issues.
Isaac Copeland would try to answer by scoring 11 of Nebraska's first 15 points after halftime and eventually cutting the deficit down to 47-39 with 14:24 left to play. The junior forward scored the Huskers first seven points of the half. Miles said. "Just so many different things eat at you when you lose a close one". It would be Carr and the Nittany Lions would get the last laugh on the final possession, however.
Despite not scoring, the junior from Australia helped Nebraska stop Penn State's attack in the post and spaced the defense out on the other end of the floor.
In overtime, Roby scored five quick points and guard Anton Gill hit a tying 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. At game's end, forward Isaiah Roby tried a 45-footer that was short.
Palmer ended up with a season-low five points on just 1-of-9 shooting from the field, along with four rebounds, three assists, three fouls and a turnover.
But the Nittany Lions countered and increased their lead back up to 13 with just under nine minutes left. He later knocked down a pull-up jump shot and hit a pair of free throws before he let the game-winning shot fly. The break did not slowdown the Golden Gophers as they made their first four field goals in the quarter. Ninety seconds later, Copeland hit an open three to bring Nebraska within five points with four minutes left to play in regulation. The run included a four-point play by Destiny Pitts when she knocked down a 3-pointer and was fouled, making the free throw.
With her 21 tallies, Page marked her sixth 20-point game of the season and 26th of her career to move up two spots on the career scoring charts, ending the night at No. 19 all-time.
Nebraska's Glynn Watson Jr. scored 21 points, including a step-back, mid-range jumper that tied the score 65-65 with just over a minute to play in regulation. Page had 10 of her 21 points in the quarter, capping it off with a pull up jumper with 21 seconds left.
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The execution of the final attempt in regulation drew criticism from Miles. Both teams were red hot to close out the quarter, combining to make 15-of-20 field goals in the final 7:19. Roby broke the tie with a three with 3:36 remaining, but Carr countered immediately with one of his own.
"We had the lead for like seven minutes of the first half, and then they just buried us for a whole length of time", Miles said.
· Forcing the TO - Penn State forced 16 Minnesota turnovers and turned them into 25 points.
With or without their starting big man, Nebraska needs to be ready to slow down sophomore guard Tony Carr (18.9 ppg, 2nd B1G) and sophomore forward/center Mike Watkins (9.6 rpg, 2nd B1G).
Penn State and Nebraska battled back-and-forth in a mostly nondescript first half. Nebraska had one last chance to tie or win the game, but Roby's shot was both off the mark and released after the final buzzer. Destiny Pitts added 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Penn State's top shooter saved most of his best stuff for overtime on Friday.
For Nebraska, it was a heartbreaking missed opportunity.
Before the game, Miles gave the latest on Tshimanga's status with Nebraska. Nine missed free throws also hurt the Huskers down the stretch. "They've been really good, and they've had some tough times, and it'll be a good road test for us to see and gauge our advancement and see how we're doing as a team". The Huskers received 27 points from their bench in the game.