NCAAB: Andrew Funk helps Penn State beat Nebraska
Andrew Funk had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Penn State to a 76-65 victory Saturday over Nebraska in a Big Ten game at State College, Pa.
Seth Lundy added 16 points while converting three 3-pointers.
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Penn State (13-6, 4-4) finished 11 of 30 from 3-point range. Lundy and Funk were 8 of 17 from beyond the arc.
Jalen Pickett also had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions.
Nebraska (10-10, 3-6) was led by Derrick Walker’s 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The game was back-and-forth affair with Penn State never trailing after scoring the first 10 points of the game.
Nebraska went on a 15-5 run to tie the game at 15 with 8:09 left in the half.
The Cornhuskers could never take the lead as the Nittany Lions used an 8-2 run that included two 3-pointers by Johnson to build a 26-19 lead with 1:24 remaining in the half.
Nebraska led 29-23 at halftime behind Funk’s 16 points in the first half that included a 4-of-8 performance from 3-point range.
The Cornhuskers’ 9-2 run early in the second half again tied the game at 33 but Penn State responded with a 10-3 stretch.
Seven unanswered points by Penn State built the lead to 52-41 with 11:52 left.
Nebraska again responded behind Keisei Tominaga, who scored 11 of the Cornhuskers’ 13 points in a span in which they cut the lead to 57-54 with 8:17 left.
Funk then made two layups to help Penn State to increase the lead to 62-54 with 6:40 remaining.
Nebraska scored six unanswered points to cut the lead to 72-65 with 1:25 left.
Penn State closed the game with Myles Dread making two free throws and Camren Wynter making a layup with six seconds left.
Nebraska’s 3-point shooting (27.3 percent) and free-throw shooting (13 of 24) made it difficult for the Cornhuskers to overtake the Nittany Lions.
Tominaga added 13 points for Nebraska. Sam Griesel had 11 points and five steals and C.J. Wilcher also had 11 points.
–Field Level Media
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