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Nittany Lions miss out on opportunity to beat Sparty

Penn State's Sam Sessoms, right, and Michigan State's Aaron Henry chase the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

From Mirror, wire reports

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Aaron Henry scored 20 points and Joey Hauser added 11 off the bench to help lead Michigan State to a 60-58 win over Penn State on Tuesday night.

Marcus Bingham made a pair of foul shots for Michigan State with 78 seconds left to cap the scoring.

Michigan State guard Josh Langford missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with eight seconds left. But the Nittany Lions couldn’t take advantage as Myles Dread’s contested 3-pointer from the left side wasn’t close as time expired.

“Myles had a great look at the basket,” Penn State coach Jim Ferry said. “Myles has made big shots for us in his career, but it just went in and out. The play was executed to perfection. We just didn’t make the shot.”

Penn State led 58-54 with 3:16 remaining after Myreon Jones made a pair of foul shots, but they went scoreless the rest of the way. Jones’ layup at 4:59 marked Penn State’s last field goal as the Nittany Lions, who were also hurt by the fact that they were just 5-of-23 from the 3-point line, missed their next six shots. Jones scored Penn State’s final eight points.

The Spartans (10-7, 4-7 Big Ten Conference) extended their 32-24 halftime lead to 12 points early in the second stanza before the Nittany Lions gradually began their return. Jones’ layup with 6:16 left gave Penn State a 52-51 lead, its first since 4-3.

“We are going to knock one of these (shots) down, but it is frustrating for everyone,” Ferry said. “Our guys are devastated but we have to bounce back. We are putting ourselves in situations to win on the road. We are just coming up one play short.”

John Harrar tied career highs with 17 points and 14 rebounds for Penn State (7-9, 4-8). It was the second time he reached the 17-point mark and third time corralling 14 boards. Jones finished with 15 points.

“We gave up some offensive rebounds late in the game when we were getting stops. That gave them second chance opportunities,” Ferry said.

The Spartans, who moved their all-time record to 41-9 against Penn State, host No. 15 Iowa on Saturday. Penn State hosts Nebraska on Sunday.

“We were down 10 at one point and fought back to get a four-point lead and that showed a lot of character,” Ferry said. “I think this is going to help us later in the season and in the Big Ten Tournament.”

PENN STATE (7-8): Harrar 6-8 5-7 17, Lundy 0-4 0-0 0, Brockington 1-8 2-2 4, Jones 5-12 4-4 15, Wheeler 2-4 2-2 6, Dread 3-12 0-0 8, Sessoms 3-9 0-0 8, Buttrick 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-58 13-15 58.

MICHIGAN STATE (10-7): Bingham 1-1 4-5 6, Hall 3-4 4-7 10, Henry 9-19 0-0 20, Langford 2-9 0-1 5, Loyer 0-2 0-0 0, Hauser 4-8 2-2 11, Watts 2-6 0-0 4, Brown 0-2 0-0 0, Hoggard 0-1 0-0 0, Kithier 1-1 0-0 2, Marble 1-2 0-0 2, Sissoko 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-55 10-15 60.

Halftime–Michigan St. 32-24. 3-Point Goals–Penn St. 5-23 (Sessoms 2-4, Dread 2-8, Jones 1-5, Brockington 0-1, Buttrick 0-1, Lundy 0-2, Wheeler 0-2), Michigan St. 4-15 (Henry 2-3, Hauser 1-3, Langford 1-5, Brown 0-1, Hall 0-1, Watts 0-2). Rebounds–Penn St. 30 (Harrar 14), Michigan St. 35 (Bingham 9). Assists–Penn St. 12 (Harrar 4), Michigan St. 15 (Henry, Loyer, Hauser 3). Total Fouls–Penn St. 16, Michigan St. 15.

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