Trying to snap a winless drought in the Big Ten, Penn State has decent footing at halftime against Nebraska in Lincoln, trailing 33-26 at the break.
Despite holding a lead for a short while, the chronic problem for the Nittany Lions – poor shooting from the field – plagued them once again, finishing the first 20 minutes hitting just 5-of-25.
However, the bright spot for the Lions was their ability to attack the rim, draw contact and capitalize from the free throw line.
Facing big bodies in the paint like the Huskers' 314-pound forward Andre Almeida, the Lions still drove the lane and turned it into 16-of-21 from the charity stripe.
Slashing guard D.J. Newbill led the effort, sinking 6-of-6 from the line.
On a side note, former walk-on Alan Wisniewski played his first quality minutes in his career, tallying 15 minutes. During his time on the court, the 6-foot-9 sophomore scored four points, hauled in five rebounds, and had a nice sequence where he missed the second of two free throws, got the rebound and drew another shooting foul.
Jermaine Marshall – the Lions' second leading scorer – did not start tonight following a 2-of-14 shooting effort on Tuesday against Purdue.
Marshall went into the break with four free throws made, but an 0-of-4 showing shooting.
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