Super Bowl Champ and former Nittany Lion, Stephen Wizniewski, was on hand to lead WE ARE chants and rap superstar, Flava Flav, showed up one more time to see his cousin Shep Garner do what he does best: drain 3s. James Franklin took his turn wearing white, something he has asked us to do so many times, but it was sophomore point guard Tony Carr who stole the show as he put up 30 points throughout the night and did so in a dominating fashion.
Garner was 4-7 from long range and finished with 13, Josh Reaves had 11 points and was a defensive menace all night, and Mike Watkins collected his 10th double-double on the year and the 20th of his career. Fellow sophomore superstar, Lamar Stevens, had an off-night but Penn State didn’t need him as they stifled the No. 8 ranked Buckeyes from the jump ball to the final buzzer.
Afterwards, the Whiteout crowd stormed the court and celebrated the only two blemishes on the OSU conference record. Once again, the underdogs from Happy Valley dominated the Evil Empire. We've done it in football, we’ve done it in hockey, we just did it in wrestling and last night, the b-ball squad added to Penn State’s resume of defeating the mighty Buckeyes. They may be fond of dotting the ‘I' in Ohio but when it comes to Penn State, it’s O-H-...NO!
Things get no easier as Penn State heads to West Lafayette, Indiana and a date with the No. 6 ranked Purdue Boilermakers. Losers of three straight games, it’s hard to tell which Purdue team will show up on Sunday night but it’s safe to say they’ll have their hands full with the red-hot Nittany Lions. For Penn State, another victory or two should be enough to persuade the committee to send them dancing and extinguish any flame that’s left from that hot seat Pat Chambers sat on just a few weeks ago. Buckle up, enjoy the ride, and a special thank you to O-H…NO for once again proving to be the stepping stone!