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Carr's jumper lifts Penn State over Nebraska 76-74 in OT

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) Tony Carr has had some nice second-half efforts lately. Penn State's top shooter saved most of his best stuff for overtime on Friday.

Carr scored nine of his 17 points, including a game-winning long jumper with three seconds left in overtime, and Penn State beat Nebraska 76-74�and secure Pat Chambers' 100th win as Penn State's coach on Friday�night.

Lamar Stevens scored 26 points and Mike Watkins added 20 and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten), who led by as many as 16 in the second half.

But it was Carr, who notched 18 of 28 in the second half at Indiana on Tuesday, who wrestled control back with tough makes through crowds of defenders in the final five minutes.

''Tony had the guts to come out and hit some big shots for us when he didn't have the best shooting night,'' Chambers said.

When Carr was working to find his shot, Stevens was taking over in a fashion that's become typical for him of late. The hybrid forward entered the game averaging 22 points over the last three.

He quickly kept at it with 10 of Penn State's first 19 points and Penn State closed out the first half on a 21-9 run and led 33-24. Nebraska made just five of its final 14 field goals in that span and finished the first half 9-for-32 from the floor.

''You can't just get blasted in the first half like that,'' Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. ''We have to be more prepared to battle with a guy who's a warrior like that because he just attacks the rim.''

Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland scored 21 points apiece while Isaiah Roby and Anton Gill scored 12 and 10, respectively, for the Cornhuskers (12-7, 3-3).

Shep Garner made a 3-pointer to give Penn State its largest lead at 42-26 just over two minutes into the second half.

But the Huskers fought back from there and switched to a press look to slow Penn State's offense.

They put together a 39-23 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers from Copeland and Watson that made it a two-point game with�3:28�to play. They combined for four free throws and Watson hit the final shot of regulation moments later to send it to overtime 65-65.

THE BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers were on a good stretch with five wins in six tries before�Friday's�game. Runs like that could come more often if they shoot better. Nebraska entered the Bryce Jordan Center shooting just 43 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range for the season.

Penn State: All three of Penn State's conference losses have come by six or fewer points and although they played a poor-shooting team in this one, the Nittany Lions have enough talent committed to playing defense to keep even good offenses at bay. Whether they can outscore those teams, or hold on to big leads, remains to be seen.

NO REAVES

Penn State was again without its top defender as Josh Reaves sat out a second straight game for academic reasons. Reaves leads the team and is 15th nationally with 2.47 steals per game. He's chipped in 10.8 points per game, too.

AWAITING WORD ON TSHIMANGA

Nebraska was without starting center Jordy Tshimanga, who did not make the trip to Penn State as he mulls whether to transfer. Multiple outlets reported Tshimanga's frustration with the way his season has unfolded.

The 6-foot-11 sophomore started all 18 games previously and was averaging 3.5 points and 5.1 rebounds over 15.2 minutes per game.

Miles said he couldn't offer an update yet on Tshimanga's status.

''I won't know until I get home,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Nebraska hosts Illinois (10-8, 0-5)�on Monday.

Penn State hosts Minnesota (13-5, 2-3) on Monday.

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Key Players
G. Watson Jr.
T. Carr
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
18.9 Pts. Per Game 18.9
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
37.7 Field Goal % 40.1
30.7 Three Point % 46.2
72.6 Free Throw % 83.0
  30-second timeout called 3.0
+ 2 Tony Carr made jump shot 3.0
+ 3 Anton Gill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Roby 13.0
+ 1 Tony Carr made 2nd of 2 free throws 23.0
+ 1 Tony Carr made 1st of 2 free throws 23.0
  Shooting foul on Evan Taylor 23.0
  Defensive rebound by Mike Watkins 46.0
  Glynn Watson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 48.0
+ 2 Tony Carr made jump shot 1:11
+ 1 Glynn Watson Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:21
  Glynn Watson Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:21
Team Stats
Points 74 76
Field Goals 25-68 (36.8%) 26-66 (39.4%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 7-20 (35.0%)
Free Throws 15-24 (62.5%) 17-24 (70.8%)
Total Rebounds 36 50
Offensive 10 12
Defensive 25 31
Team 1 7
Assists 12 15
Steals 7 3
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 6 12
Fouls 17 18
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
26 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
12OTT
away team logo Nebraska 12-7 2441974
home team logo Penn State 13-633321176
Team Stats
away team logoNebraska 12-7 72.8 PPG 38 RPG 13.7 APG
home team logoPenn State 13-6 76.9 PPG 39.6 RPG 14.5 APG
Key Players
5
G. Watson Jr. G 11.2 PPG 3.5 RPG 3.1 APG 36.4 FG%
11
L. Stevens F 15.6 PPG 6.5 RPG 2.0 APG 46.8 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Watson Jr. G 21 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
L. Stevens F 26 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
36.8 FG% 39.4
34.6 3PT FG% 35.0
62.5 FT% 70.8
Nebraska
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
I. Copeland 37 21 8 2 2 1 0 2 7/13 2/5 5/7 3 5
G. Watson Jr. 38 21 5 2 1 1 2 1 7/20 3/7 4/6 1 4
J. Palmer Jr. 20 5 4 3 0 0 1 3 1/9 0/1 3/4 3 1
D. Okeke 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
E. Taylor 27 0 3 2 2 0 1 3 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
I. Copeland 37 21 8 2 2 1 0 2 7/13 2/5 5/7 3 5
G. Watson Jr. 38 21 5 2 1 1 2 1 7/20 3/7 4/6 1 4
J. Palmer Jr. 20 5 4 3 0 0 1 3 1/9 0/1 3/4 3 1
D. Okeke 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
E. Taylor 27 0 3 2 2 0 1 3 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
I. Roby 28 12 6 3 1 2 0 1 4/7 1/3 3/5 0 6
A. Gill 21 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 4/8 2/5 0/0 0 2
T. Allen 8 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 1
J. McVeigh 21 0 2 0 1 1 0 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2
T. Borchardt 13 0 4 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/2 2 2
M. Laws - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Trueblood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tshimanga - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Akenten - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thorbjarnarson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 74 35 12 7 6 6 17 25/68 9/26 15/24 10 25
Penn State
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Stevens 40 26 7 2 0 0 4 3 10/18 2/3 4/5 1 6
M. Watkins 39 20 15 0 0 0 2 3 7/8 0/0 6/8 3 12
T. Carr 40 17 4 8 1 0 4 4 5/21 3/9 4/6 2 2
S. Garner 38 6 4 2 0 0 1 3 2/5 2/4 0/0 2 2
J. Wheeler 26 0 5 3 1 0 1 2 0/4 0/0 0/0 2 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Stevens 40 26 7 2 0 0 4 3 10/18 2/3 4/5 1 6
M. Watkins 39 20 15 0 0 0 2 3 7/8 0/0 6/8 3 12
T. Carr 40 17 4 8 1 0 4 4 5/21 3/9 4/6 2 2
S. Garner 38 6 4 2 0 0 1 3 2/5 2/4 0/0 2 2
J. Wheeler 26 0 5 3 1 0 1 2 0/4 0/0 0/0 2 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Bostick 27 7 5 0 1 0 0 3 2/6 0/2 3/5 2 3
J. Moore 6 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
D. Zemgulis 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2
T. Buttrick 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0
S. Pierce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Reaves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Harrar - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Nussbaum - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 76 43 15 3 4 12 18 26/66 7/20 17/24 12 31