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Scrappy Lions fight hard, fall in OT to LSU

It looked like Penn State might upset LSU. But the Lions fell short, 68-63 in overtime.

The underdog Nittany Lions played well in the first half and took a 29-26 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Penn State held a 56-55 lead in the final minutes, thanks to seven unanswered points by Sam Sessoms. But LSU’s Xavier Pinson made a three-pointer on the next possession to make it 58-56. With .6 seconds left in regulation, Seth Lunday’s putback sent the game to overtime, but LSU held Penn State to five points in the OT period and held on.

Seth Lunday, who came in averaging 17.8 points per game, was held to eight points on 3-16 shooting. Sessoms had 13 to go with 10 rebounds. Penn State’s leading scorer was Jalen Pickett, who had 14. Myles Dread added 11.

Pinson had 15 points for LSU, and Tari Eason led all scorers with 20. Penn State’s next and last game in the Emerald Coast Classic will be Saturday against either Oregon State or Wake Forest.

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