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Myreon Jones scores 29 to help Penn State defeat Nebraska in men’s basketball

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Penn State men’s basketball team relied on a career night from junior guard Myreon Jones for an 86-83 Big Ten road win at Nebraska. Jones finished with 29 points on 8 for 18 shooting with six 3-pointers as the Nittany Lions picked up their third win in program history in Lincoln on Tuesday.

The win was the first time in series history that either team had won two straight on the opponent’s court.

“I just thought that was a really hard-fought, great win on the road for our guys,” said Penn State men’s basketball interim coach Jim Ferry. “I’m caught up in the game, but it must have been an enjoyable game to watch. I thought both teams were flying up and down the court and making plays. It was really impressive for our guys, you know, we have been in a lot of close games that went the other way from a bounce here or there or missed shot, for our guys to keep staying, keep playing, keep believing in each other and making plays.

“Obviously, John Harrar was just tremendous tonight, Jamari Wheeler, I thought those seniors really willed us to victory today. Myreon Jones really got it going in the first half and late in the second half too.”

Penn State withstood the top scoring performance in the Big Ten Conference as Nebraska’s Teddy Allen scored 41 points on 16-24 shooting, with 28 of his 41 points in coming in the first half.

Senior guard Jamari Wheeler hit two clutch free throws with 12 seconds remaining to seal the victory after Jones made five from the line in the previous 41 seconds. After not attempting a free throw in the first half, the Nittany Lions made 15 of their 18 free throws in the final 12 minutes of play.

The Nittany Lions scored 25 points off 18 Huskers turnovers and outrebounded Nebraska, 42-29, allowing only two rebounds on the offensive glass.

Penn State led by seven with 53 seconds left, but free throws and a couple of baskets by the Huskers in the final 21 seconds trimmed the PSU lead to one, 84-83, before Wheeler’s final points from the line. Nebraska had a long 3-point attempt to tie the game in the final seconds, but it was off the mark and the Nittany Lions captured their three-point victory.

PENN STATE (8-12, 5-11 BIG TEN)

John Harrar 2-5 6-8 10; Myreon Jones 8-18 7-8 29; Myles Dread 6-13 0-0 16; Jamari Wheeler 4-9 2-2 13; Izaiah Brockington 5-9 1-1 11; Trent Buttrick 1-2 0-0 3; Seth Lundy 1-6 0-0 2; Sam Sessoms 0-5 0-0 0; Abdou Tsimbila 1-3 0-0 2; Dallion Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-70 16-19 86.

NEBRASKA (5-16, 1-13 BIG TEN)

Lat Mayen 1-3 0-1 3; Derrick Walker 4-4 1-1 9; Teddy Allen 16-24 3-3 41; Trey McGowens 5-12 5-8 17; Dalano Banton 0-2 0-0 0; Kobe Webster 1-4 0-0 3; Thorir Thorbjarnarson 2-4 2-2 8; Eduardo Andre 1-1 0-0 2; Shamiel Stevenson 0-2 0-0 0; Yvan Ouedraogo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 11-15 83.

Halftime: PSU, 39-38. 3-point goals: PSU 14-37 (Jones 6-12, Dread 4-9, Wheeler 3-8, Buttrick 1-2, Brockington 0-1, Sessoms 0-1, Lundy 0-4), Nebraska 12-25 (Allen 6-9, McGowens 2-6, Thorbjamarson 2-3, Webster 1-2, Banton 0-1, Stevenson 0-1). Fouled out: PSU-none, Nebraska-none. Rebounds: PSU 42 (Harrar 14), Nebraska 29 (Allen 8). Assists: PSU 19 (Dread 5, Wheeler 5), Nebraska 16 (Allen 6). Technical fouls: PSU-none, Nebraska-none. Total fouls: PSU 17, Nebraska 19.

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