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Penn State falls to Minnesota in regular season finale

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Penn State fell behind 23-3 and never recovered, falling 81-63 at Minnesota to end the season in 10th place in the Big Ten.

Penn State was able to close the gap a little, and the Nittany Lions entered the half trailing 38-24. They were able to limit the damage in the second half, but the Lions were unable to chip away at the deficit, resulting an 18-point loss that leaves Penn State tied for 10th in the Big Ten final regular season standings.

Penn State was once again led in scoring by guard D.J. Newbill, who tallied 24 points, although 15 of those came when the game was already out of hand in the second half. Point guard Tim Frazier contributed with 14 points, with 10 comingfrom the free throw line.

The Golden Gophers received most of their scoring via a committee approach, led by seniors Austin Hollins and Maverick Ahanmisi, who, in their final game at Williams arena, totaled 14 and 13 points respectively.

There was a nice moment for another member of the team appearing in his final home game of his career, as junior forward Oto Osenieks, who will forgo his senior year of eligibility due to injury problems, was brought in to throw an inbound pass before returning to the bench.

The loss dropped the Nittany Lions’ overall record to 15-16, with a 6-12 Big Ten record. This marks the first time since 2011 that the Lions won’t finish in the Big Ten cellar, although they must win at least two games in the conference tournament to avoid their third consecutive losing season.

Neither team can get to high or low about this result, however, as, on Thursday in Indianapolis, Minnesota and Penn State will face off in the Big Ten Tournament with a berth to the tournament’s quarterfinals on the line.

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