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Penn State Fights Off Cornell, 85-74

With Penn State playing a high-powered offense in Cornell, Monday night’s game figured to be a fast one.

It was, and for a long time, the scrappy, Ivy-League Big Red kept pace. In the end, however, Penn State got the win, holding on, 85-74, behind 23 points from Seth Lundy and 20 from Sam Sessoms.

In a high-scoring first half, Penn State overcame a 16-0 run to go into halftime with a 41-38 lead. Lundy and Sessoms each had 12 points in the first 20 minutes.

Cornell went on a 10-0 run in the second half, but Penn State kept up and outscored the Big Red 41-34 in the final 20 minutes.

Jalen Pickett cracked double-figures for the first time in his Penn State career. The transfer from Sienna scored 14 points. For Cornell, Sarju Patel led the way with 15, with Chris Manon (12) and Nazir Williams (14) also cracking double digits.

Penn State’s next game will be in Niceville, Florida, Friday night against LSU as part of the Emerald Coast Classic. Tipoff is at 7.

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