No. 22 Penn State hands Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team a rare home loss, 75-70
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
EAST LANSING — Patrick Chambers is on a quest to keep Penn State’s basketball program hungry and humble as it surges in a successful season.
Lamar Stevens had 24 points and Myreon Jones made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, leading the 22nd-ranked Nittany Lions to a 75-70 win over No. 16 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
The Nittany Lions (17-5, 7-5 Big Ten) have won five straight games in the Big Ten for the first time and have become contenders in the conference during the second half of the regular season.
“It’s great that we’re in the position we’re in,” Chambers said. “But if you focus on that, that’s when you start to slip.”
The Spartans (16-7, 8-4) dropped consecutive games for the first time this season. They also lost to a Big Ten team at home for the first time this year.
Michigan State’s Cassius Winston scored 25 points, but could not convert on two chances to pull into a tie in the closing seconds.
“It sure wasn’t his fault,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said.
Winston certainly didn’t get much help offensively from his teammates, none of whom scored in double digits.
Stevens made two free throws to give Penn State a three-point lead with 16 seconds left. Winston had an opportunity to tie the game with a three-point play on the ensuing possession, but missed the free throw.
Stevens then made two free throws to restore the three-point lead with 9.1 seconds left.
Winston missed a 3-pointer the next time down the court.
“They made us scramble a bit, but I got a good look at the rim,” he said. “That’s a shot I usually make.”