UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) – Trevion Williams, coming on from the bench for the first time in five games, scored 21 points including the final basket, and No. 3 Purdue held Penn State 74-67 in Saturday.
The 6-foot-11 Williams shot 9/12 and picked up nine rebounds despite being sidelined for more than eight minutes of the second half after the third foul.
“When you get in and out, it’s really tough but, you know from a leadership standpoint, you have to understand that… whoever comes in gets the job done. And I think that’s the way we practice so every game is no surprise,” Williams said.
When he returned with eight minutes left, he scored 10 points including a shove that restored the team’s lead after Greg Lee’s treble helped Penn State. ahead since the end of the first half.
Williams added a three-pointer game with one minute left to take a five-point lead and the Nittany Lions missed a pair of three.
Purdue coach Matt Painter said: “Anytime you can win close games that helps you as a coach. “You don’t want to be in them but any time you can win those games, I think that helps your confidence. But we have to keep practicing better every day. … We just have to get better at playing attacking every day. ”
Penn State, just one fifth of an arc in the first half and missing the first four 3-pointer attempts in the second, finally found its range hitting seven 3s in the final 12 minutes with the first hit. by Lee.
“When you prepare properly, when you play and you leave everything on the field, you can feel fine with the results,” said Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry. “And I feel fine with the results. … We were a good version of ourselves and we left everything on the pitch.”
Mason Gillis added 14 points, Sasha Stefanovic 13, and Jaden Ivey 12 for Purdue (13-2, 2-2 Big Ten).
Jalen Pickett scored 21 points with 10 assists for Penn State (7-6, 2-3). Lee added 11 points and Seth Lundy and John Harrar each added 10 points.
With a five-point lead after halftime, Purdue took a 13-point lead after Stefanovic’s three-pointer with 12 minutes left.
Penn State leads by as much as seven points, coming after a 9-0 run in the middle of the first half. Purdue responded with his own goal 9-0 and the rest of the half remained tight with the team leading 35-30 at halftime.
Statistical performance of the teams is very even through Purdue’s having the advantage in first leg points (16-9) and first leg points (36-28). It won 12 of its last 13 meetings with Penn State.
Purdue: The win put the team’s side back on track after a 75-69 loss to 23 Wisconsin on Monday.
Penn State: After defeating Indiana and Northwestern in the previous two games by a total of seven points, the Lions fell short.
7 foot 4 Zach Edey, who averages 15.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, started the first 10 games of the season before making way for Williams (13.0 / 8.8). in the next 4 games. Edey returned to the starting line-up on Saturday but played just 10 minutes with six points and six rebounds when dealing with fouls.
FAMILIAR FACES Shrewsberry, during his first year as NCAA Division I head coach, was on the Purdue staff for four seasons, including the last two seasons as an associate head coach under Painter, who was serving in his 17th season as the team’s head coach. Shrewsberry had two stints at Purdue (2011-2013 and 2019-2020) and in between was an assistant to the Boston Celtics.
Purdue: In Michigan on Tuesday. The Wolverines’ game against Michigan State on Saturday was postponed because of COVID issues on the Michigan show.
Penn State: Game against Rutgers on Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights beat Nebraska 93-65 on Saturday.
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