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Penn State beats Georgia Tech 67-60

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Shep Garner's confident if he's not making shots, one of his teammates will.

It's why Penn State's forward had no qualms - despite having the hot hand himself in the Nittany Lions' 67-60 win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday - swinging the ball to Josh Reaves, who's still working off some rust after a preseason leg injury forced him to miss the first five games.

Reaves made good on Garner's pass with Georgia Tech threatening. He pulled up on his sore left leg and sank his first 3-pointer of the season along with any hopes the Yellow Jackets had for a comeback.

''He picked a huge spot in the game to get his first 3,'' Garner said. ''We're proud of him. My teammates put the ultimate confidence in me and I put the ultimate confidence in my teammates.''

Garner didn't let them down. He scored 17 points and Mike Watkins added 12 and grabbed 12 rebounds to help secure the win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. Penn State (5-3) led for 20:57, including most of the second half, and closed out the game on a 10-5 run keyed by Reaves' shot.

It was one of just four 3-pointers that landed for the Nittany Lions, who attempted 15.

''We didn't make shots, but we found a way'' Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. ''And that's a sign of a team that's maturing, growing up.''

Quinton Stephens led Georgia Tech (4-2) with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Ben Lammers had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Okogie added 13 points for the Yellow Jackets.

The teams spent more than six minutes tied and swapped the lead seven times in the first half before Penn State took control with a 7-0 run.

Okogie gave Georgia Tech its last lead on the first shot of the second half. His 3-pointer put the Yellow Jackets up 31-30 before Penn State jumped back out front. Okogie pulled his squad into a tie with another 3 to make it 39-39 with 13 minutes remaining.

''We're a team that our margin of error is none, so we have to play nearly perfect,'' Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said. ''We had some breakdowns here and there and Penn State capitalized.''

TURNOVER MADNESS

The Nittany Lions entered the game scoring 16 points off turnovers on average in their last three games. They netted 24 off 17 Georgia Tech miscues in this one.

Reaves came up with the biggest two with a steal and dunk to put Penn State up 39-33 early in the second half. It seemed to snap his team and the crowd out of a lull.

MISSING BUNNIES

Both teams struggled to sink easy baskets for much of the night.

The Nittany Lions made just 26 of 61 field goals while Georgia Tech hit 24 of 66. As both teams struggled from outside, they tried to work midrange shots with intermittent success.

''We missed a lot of short shots, I mean a lot right by the basket there,'' Pastner said. ''We're an attack team and we try to live at the free-throw line and we missed a ton, a ton of bunnies as I would say right by the hoop.''

THE BIG PICTURE

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets got off to a nice start with four wins in five tries at home to begin the season but stumbled in their first road game. After two more on the road, Georgia Tech will end the year with few travel distractions as its final five games of 2016 are at home.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions continued their recent run of success against the ACC. Penn State won for the seventh time in the last 10 tries in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech is at Tennessee on Saturday.

Penn State hosts Wright State on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Tony Carr 9.0
  Josh Heath missed layup 11.0
+ 1 Shep Garner made 2nd of 2 free throws 16.0
+ 1 Shep Garner made 1st of 2 free throws 16.0
  Personal foul on Josh Okogie 16.0
  Full timeout called 17.0
+ 3 Tadric Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Okogie 5.0
  Offensive foul turnover on Mike Watkins 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Mike Watkins 21.0
  Josh Okogie missed layup, blocked by Mike Watkins 23.0
  Defensive rebound by Quinton Stephens 31.0
Team Stats
Points 60 67
Field Goals 24-66 (36.4%) 26-61 (42.6%)
3-Pointers 7-16 (43.8%) 4-15 (26.7%)
Free Throws 5-7 (71.4%) 11-15 (73.3%)
Total Rebounds 43 38
Offensive 11 10
Defensive 24 26
Team 8 2
Assists 15 14
Steals 6 11
Blocks 8 8
Turnovers 16 11
Fouls 16 11
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Georgia Tech 4-2 283260
home team logo Penn State 5-3 303767
Team Stats
away team logo Georgia Tech 4-2 65.3 PPG 36.8 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo Penn State 5-3 69.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
00
J. Okogie G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
S. Garner G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Okogie G 13 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
S. Garner G 17 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
36.4 FG% 42.6
43.8 3PT FG% 26.7
71.4 FT% 73.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Stephens 13 11 2 5/11 3/8 0/0 0 38 1 1 2 1 10
J. Okogie 13 3 1 5/21 2/4 1/2 3 27 1 0 1 2 1
B. Lammers 12 10 2 6/12 0/0 0/0 5 35 2 4 3 3 7
J. Moore 6 1 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 30 0 1 4 1 0
C. Heyward 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 2 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Stephens 13 11 2 5/11 3/8 0/0 0 38 1 1 2 1 10
J. Okogie 13 3 1 5/21 2/4 1/2 3 27 1 0 1 2 1
B. Lammers 12 10 2 6/12 0/0 0/0 5 35 2 4 3 3 7
J. Moore 6 1 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 30 0 1 4 1 0
C. Heyward 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 2 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Heath 7 2 3 3/6 1/1 0/0 3 26 2 2 0 0 2
T. Jackson 7 2 3 2/9 1/3 2/3 2 24 0 0 2 0 2
S. Ogbonda 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Gueye 0 6 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 2 4 2
J. Price - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCormick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Rowland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Matthews - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Medlock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 35 15 24/66 7/16 5/7 16 200 6 8 16 11 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Garner 17 2 4 6/14 3/8 2/2 1 31 2 1 2 0 2
M. Watkins 12 12 0 5/8 0/0 2/4 2 26 0 5 3 4 8
L. Stevens 10 9 3 5/10 0/0 0/0 1 32 2 0 1 3 6
P. Banks 4 1 3 2/6 0/3 0/0 1 22 0 0 1 0 1
T. Carr 4 3 3 1/9 0/1 2/2 1 30 2 0 2 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Garner 17 2 4 6/14 3/8 2/2 1 31 2 1 2 0 2
M. Watkins 12 12 0 5/8 0/0 2/4 2 26 0 5 3 4 8
L. Stevens 10 9 3 5/10 0/0 0/0 1 32 2 0 1 3 6
P. Banks 4 1 3 2/6 0/3 0/0 1 22 0 0 1 0 1
T. Carr 4 3 3 1/9 0/1 2/2 1 30 2 0 2 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Reaves 9 5 1 4/7 1/3 0/0 3 25 4 1 2 1 4
T. Samuel 6 2 0 1/4 0/0 4/6 1 20 1 1 0 0 2
J. Moore 5 2 0 2/3 0/0 1/1 1 14 0 0 0 1 1
I. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Pierce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Zemgulis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zhao - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Bostick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hampton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 36 14 26/61 4/15 11/15 11 200 11 8 11 10 26