Since Penn State began playing basketball in the Bryce Jordan Center, there have been many occasions in which the team's fans left the arena with the sour taste of defeat in their mouths. However, there have been some memorable victories for the Lions at the BJC. One of those contests happened last night as Penn State stunned No. 4 Michigan, 84-78.
See how that win stacks up against nine others in our list of the Penn State's 10 biggest wins at the Bryce Jordan Center:
1. Penn State 64, No. 23 Illinois 63 - March 5, 2009: With Penn State trailing by one and eight seconds left on the clock, there was nowhere the ball was going but the hands of Talor Battle. Off a missed free throw by the Illini, Battle took the ball the length of the court, knifed through all five defenders and his layup rolled around the rim, off the backboard and through the net to send the BJC into a frenzy. A good portion of the 13,091 fans in attendance, who were clad in white, rushed the floor to celebrate with Battle and his teammates.
2. Penn State 84, No. 4 Michigan 78 - Feb. 27, 2013: Penn State fans don't need a reminder about this one. In arguably the biggest upset in the nation this season, the Lions, who entered the game with an 0-14 Big Ten record, battled back from a 15-point deficit in the final 10 and a half minutes to stun the fourth-ranked Wolverines. In what is currently by far the biggest win of Patrick Chambers' tenure in Happy Valley, the Nits outscored Michigan 33-12 in the last 10:39 and all of their starters scored at least nine points. Jermaine Marshall led the way with 25 points, the final two coming on a left-handed scoop layup that gave Penn State a three-point advantage with just about a minute remaining.
3. Penn State 77, George Mason 73 (OT) - March 17, 2009: It looked like Penn State was destined for the NCAA Tournament after the team's win against Illinois in March 2009, however, that wasn't the case. The Nittany Lions had to settle for the National Invitation Tournament. With Penn State trailing George Mason by three points with 4.8 seconds left, it looked like Penn State was destined for a first-round exit from the NIT, however, that was not the case. Enter Battle, again. The then-sophomore drove down the right side of the court, and buried a wild pull-up, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime. The Lions went on to not only win the game, but the whole tournament.
4. Penn State 74, No. 5 Purdue 63 - Feb. 21, 1998: This was Penn State's first big upset at the BJC. Peter Lisicky and Jarret Stephens combined for 36 points in the stunner against the Boilermakers. At the time, it was the Lions' first win against a top-5 opponent in 50 years. And besides Wednesday night's upset of Michigan, it's the only time Penn State has sent a top-5 opponent home from the BJC with a loss.
5. Penn State 98, No. 6 Illinois 95 (OT) - Jan. 31, 2001: Though the 2001 team's two most famous victories (Michigan State and North Carolina), both came on neutral courts, the Lions got the best of sixth-ranked Illinois on a January night at the BJC. It took five extra minutes to decide the contest, after Illinois' Frank Williams hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, but Penn State prevailed in the extra period. Titus Ivory scored a game-high 27 points, while the Crispin brothers (Joe and Jon) combined for 34 points.
6. Penn State 56, No. 17 Wisconsin 52 - Jan. 29, 2011: As far as months go, January 2011 was likely the best in history for Penn State at the BJC. Penn State beat three ranked opponents at home in the same month, but this victory against the Badgers stood out the most. With 14,292 fans filling the BJC, Battle — Penn State's all-time leading scorer — dropped 20 of his game-high 22 points after halftime as the team picked up a win to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume. Wisconsin held a nine-point lead after the first 20 minutes, but Battle and his teammates stormed back. Jeff Brooks added 12 points, while Andrew Jones corralled 14 rebounds.
7. Penn State 57, No. 16 Illinois 55 - Jan. 11, 2011: No heroics for Battle this time. The guard's layup attempt with the game tied and the clock winding down didn't fall. But luckily for Battle and the Lions, Andrew Jones was there to put the miss home with a dunk just before time expired to give Penn State a thrilling victory over a top-20 team. Battle did finish with 26 points, which included a 3-pointer he drained from the edge of the Nittany Lion logo near halfcourt.
8. Penn State 65, No. 10 Temple 64 - Dec. 1, 1998: The Lions squeaked by their highly ranked intrastate rival more than 14 years ago for a rare nonconference addition to this list. Joe Crispin, a sophomore at the time, hit a game-winning jumper with 20 seconds left and finished with a team-high 18 points.
9. Penn State 68, No. 17 Indiana 64 - March 9, 2008: No Geary Glaxton, no Jamelle Cornely, no problem for the Lions against the No. 17 Hoosiers. Claxton and Cornley were the Lions' two most productive players five seasons ago, but were both sidelined against Indiana. Penn State got 41 points from its freshman, including double-digit performances from D.J. Jackson (13), Jeff Brooks (12) and Talor Battle (10), and beat an Indiana team led by future first-round NBA selections, Eric Gordon and D.J. White.
10. No. 20 Penn State 76, Minnesota 61 - Jan. 11, 1996: The Nits opened up the BJC in style with a 15-point beating of Minnesota. In the inaugural game at the arena, 14,852 people packed the seats of the new home of Penn State basketball. Calvin Booth scored 17 points, as Penn State rattled off its 12th straight win to start the season.