February 11, 2011

Penn State Suffers Third Straight Loss, Deja Vu of Last Year

Talor Battle had what felt like the weakest 19-point game
of his career. (Photo: GoPSUsports.com/AP)
Even though Penn State defeated the Spartans earlier this season but Coach Tom Izzo was not going to lose another to the Lions. The Lions had a terrible start, losing 21-6, and never recovered from the deficit.

Penn State only turned the ball over 6 times, but fouls sent the Spartans to the charity stripe 35 times which is 35 too many in Big Ten play.
Besides the fouls, Penn State looked much like the Nittany Lions of last year. Battle led with 19 points but he shot terribly from the field, 7-20, 3-11 from the arc.

The silver lining was the return of Jeff Brooks who scored a solid 15 points. After Brooks the team played pretty dismal. Frazier went 0-7 and David Jackson only contributed 8 points.

The Spartans took advantage of every Penn State mistake last night and never looked back. The Spartans shot over 50% from the field. Lucas led the team with 24 points but Draymond Green was Michigan State's MVP with an impressive triple double.

This was Penn State's 3rd loss in a row and March Madness is a faded dream to all the Blue and White fans.

Northwestern comes to the BJC for Penn State's next game which will hopefully be a nice pick-me-up for the squad in front of the home fans. Besides two games against Northwestern, the rest season will be a tough road for Penn State. The Lions have matchups against Wisconsin, Ohio State, and two games against Minnesota.

With the inconsistency Penn State has been playing with lately, this season might not even finish with an NIT seed. Drew Jones and David Jackson both have to step up their game if this team wants to salvage the end of this season.

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