For Head Coach Patrick Chambers, the game against the Spartans (16-1, 3-1) was a learning experience for the young Nittany Lions (10-7, 1-3):
“So, we are going to learn from this. We are going to pick ourselves back up. It is going to be one of the years that we are going to be up and we are going to be down, and that’s okay, as long as we continue the process of getting better and getting these younger guys good minutes, show them how to be a good basketball player, and how to play in the big ten.”
Improvement has been the focus of the season and although it has been a trying season for Penn State, it is evident that there is a promising future for the team.
Sophomore Shep Garner led the Nittany Lions with 19 points while Brandon Taylor led the defensive charge with five rebounds while also chipping in with 10 points. Devin Foster and Julian Moore also saw double figures in scoring for Penn State.
Michigan’s Bryan Forbes was the hero of the night, scoring all his game-high 20 points in the first half and drowning six of the Spartans’ 10 3-pointers of the game. Michigan shot 80% from the field while also shooting an impressive 50% from beyond the three-point arc.
In his post game interview, Chambers also added that the team needs to work on their offensive game as well as being selfless and making good decisions offensively. But most importantly, the Nittany Lions need to look forward:
“This game is over now. I’ll watch the tapes because that’s what I do and that’s was I am expected to do. But, as far as I am concerned, this game is over, gone, next game. We are going to be on a little bit of a roller coaster this year but we just need to stay together.”
The Nittany Lions are now headed on the road and will face Purdue Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 8:30pm. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network.