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Young scores 29, Pitt holds on to beat Penn St 81-73

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Sheldon Jeter can't quite put his finger on why Pitt is giving up second half leads. Fortunately, he and the Panthers can continue to look for answers after a victory.

Michael Young had 29 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh held on to defeat Penn State 81-73 on Saturday in the Never Forget Tribute Classic.

To Pitt coach Kevin Stallings, it was d�j� vu.

''That looked like a lot of our games to me so far this year to me,'' Stallings said. ''Really good play on both ends in the first half. Second half, offensive play was probably good enough. Defensive play was not very good.''

Jamel Artis had 16 points and eight rebounds, Cameron Johnson scored 10 and Jeter added eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Pitt.

A 3-pointer by Ryan Luther gave the Panthers (8-2) a 50-26 lead with 16:50 to play but Penn State used an 11-2 run to trim its deficit to 15 about four minutes later. Shep Garner scored four points during a 6-0 spurt that pulled the Nittany Lions within five with 1:50 left but Jeter answered with a 3-pointer and they would get no closer.

''Sheldon is a great team guy.He probably hit the biggest shot of the game. They had the moment and he jumped up and he stuck that three in from the corner there,'' Stallings said. ''Biggest shot of the game probably for us.''

Mike Watkins had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while Tony Carr and Payton Banks scored 13 points apiece for Penn State (6-5). Garner added 12.

''A tale of two halves,'' Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. ''Not sure where we were in the first half. Maybe the bus was late. But we showed up in the second half and competed like a Penn State basketball game.''

BIG PICTURE

Penn State: After George Mason snapped Penn State's four-game winning streak, the Nittany Lions have lost two in a row for the second time this season. Penn State had lost to No. 1 Duke and No. 24 Cincinnati

Pitt: Young has led the Panthers in scoring in the past nine games, and came in to the contest ranked 17th in the country in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game.

UP NEXT

Penn State: After a week off, the Nittany Lions will remain on the road when they travel to Madison Square Garden to face St. John's next Sunday before closing out their non-conference schedule at home against Morgan State.

Pitt: The Panthers return to the court next Saturday to face Rice at 7 p.m. to begin a five-game home stand.

HITTING FROM 3

Pitt went 10 of 22 (45.5 percent) from beyond the arc while Penn State hit only 6 of 22 shots from 3-point range

FIRST TIME IN A LONG SERIES

Penn State and Pitt met for the 147th time in the 110-year history. However, it is the first time they have played on a neutral site as they played at the Prudential Center in the second game of a double-header in the inaugural Never Forget Tribute Classic. The Nittany Lions hold a 75-72 advantage in the series despite losing six in a row.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by Penn State 0.0
  Shep Garner missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Josh Reaves 6.0
  Chris Jones missed 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
+ 1 Chris Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Payton Banks 6.0
  30-second timeout called 11.0
+ 3 Payton Banks made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Reaves 13.0
+ 1 Michael Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Michael Young made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Shep Garner 19.0
Team Stats
Points 73 81
Field Goals 24-67 (35.8%) 27-63 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 6-22 (27.3%) 10-22 (45.5%)
Free Throws 19-22 (86.4%) 17-24 (70.8%)
Total Rebounds 41 42
Offensive 11 12
Defensive 26 26
Team 4 4
Assists 14 14
Steals 6 5
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 12 12
Fouls 22 20
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 15 REB
29 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Penn State 6-5 225173
home team logo Pittsburgh 8-2 423981
Team Stats
away team logo Penn State 6-5 69.3 PPG 39.3 RPG 12.1 APG
home team logo Pittsburgh 8-2 72.3 PPG 40.6 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
24
M. Watkins F 7.8 PPG 7.6 RPG 0.5 APG 55.5 FG%
00
M. Young F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Watkins F 17 PTS 15 REB 0 AST
M. Young F 29 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
35.8 FG% 42.9
27.3 3PT FG% 45.5
86.4 FT% 70.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Watkins 17 15 0 7/11 0/0 3/4 2 28 0 2 1 3 12
T. Carr 13 4 2 4/14 0/4 5/6 3 31 1 0 2 1 3
S. Garner 12 2 2 3/10 3/9 3/4 4 32 2 0 2 0 2
J. Reaves 8 6 3 4/8 0/2 0/0 4 28 3 0 2 2 4
L. Stevens 8 5 4 1/10 0/0 6/6 3 32 0 1 1 3 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Watkins 17 15 0 7/11 0/0 3/4 2 28 0 2 1 3 12
T. Carr 13 4 2 4/14 0/4 5/6 3 31 1 0 2 1 3
S. Garner 12 2 2 3/10 3/9 3/4 4 32 2 0 2 0 2
J. Reaves 8 6 3 4/8 0/2 0/0 4 28 3 0 2 2 4
L. Stevens 8 5 4 1/10 0/0 6/6 3 32 0 1 1 3 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Banks 13 4 3 4/8 3/6 2/2 3 25 0 0 2 2 2
N. Bostick 2 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 6 0 1 0 0 0
T. Samuel 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 0 1
J. Moore 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 0 0
D. Zemgulis 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
I. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zhao - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 37 14 24/67 6/22 19/22 22 200 6 4 12 11 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Young 29 9 2 8/17 2/4 11/14 2 32 0 0 1 1 8
J. Artis 16 8 5 5/12 3/5 3/4 2 34 0 1 8 1 7
C. Johnson 10 4 3 4/10 2/7 0/1 5 33 1 0 0 1 3
C. Jones 9 1 0 4/7 0/0 1/2 4 36 2 0 1 0 1
S. Jeter 8 10 3 2/9 2/3 2/2 3 30 1 5 1 3 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Young 29 9 2 8/17 2/4 11/14 2 32 0 0 1 1 8
J. Artis 16 8 5 5/12 3/5 3/4 2 34 0 1 8 1 7
C. Johnson 10 4 3 4/10 2/7 0/1 5 33 1 0 0 1 3
C. Jones 9 1 0 4/7 0/0 1/2 4 36 2 0 1 0 1
S. Jeter 8 10 3 2/9 2/3 2/2 3 30 1 5 1 3 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Luther 5 4 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 2 15 0 1 1 4 0
J. Kithcart 2 2 1 1/4 0/2 0/1 1 18 1 0 0 2 0
C. Manigault 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
R. Nix - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Milligan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Seelye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 38 14 27/63 10/22 17/24 20 200 5 7 12 12 26