Shep Garner scored seven of his 16 points in overtime as Penn State beat Nebraska 76-67 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Huskers had erased a 10-point deficit in the final 10 minutes of regulation to force the extra session.
“I think you have to credit Penn State for taking away some of the things we do well”, said Nebraska coach Tim Miles. “They made enough shots in overtime to get the win.”
The Nittany Lions took control in overtime, using a 12-2 spurt to start the extra period, including 3-pointers from Lamar Stevens and Garner, who beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer that gave PSU a 68-62 lead.
The Huskers pulled to within seven after a 3-pointer from Jack McVeigh with 58 seconds left, but Josh Reaves and Stevens combined to go 4-for-4 from the line to hold the Huskers at bay.
Junior Evan Taylor, who played his high school basketball in Washington, D.C., led three Huskers in double figures with 16 points. Nebraska closes out the season with a record of 12-19 and Husker Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst announced via Twitter that Miles will be returning for a sixth season.
“Shawn is a man who believes in us and supports us”, added Miles. “I am going to come through for him. We are going to show him that his faith in us is justified.”