Penn State advances in OT at Big Ten tourney
WASHINGTON -- With his cousin rapper Flavor Flav cheering loudly from the third row, Shep Garner scored seven of Penn State's 16 points in overtime Wednesday, leading the Nittany Lions to a 76-67 victory over Nebraska in the opening game of the first Big Ten Tournament to be held in the nation's capital.
Penn State (15-17) never trailed and ended a five-game losing streak.
The 13th-seeded Nittany Lions advanced to face Michigan State in the second round.
Garner finished with 16 points, and freshman Mike Watkins had 18 points, 11 rebounds and a Big Ten Tournament-record eight blocked shots.
Evan Taylor led 12th-seeded Nebraska (12-19) with 15 points. But the Cornhuskers' top scorer, senior guard Tai Webster, shot 4 for 16 and fouled out in OT with 12 points, only two after halftime.
Nebraska made only 34 percent of its shots.