The Penn State Nittany Lions led by double-doubles by Seth Lundy and Jason Harrar defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 90-86 in double-overtime on Monday night.
Harrar led the Nittany Lions (9-9 Overall, 4-6 Big Ten conference) with a career-high 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Lundy added 17 points and a team-high 11 rebounds and Greg Lee added 16 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. Penn State outrebounded Iowa 52-42.
Penn State appeared to be controlling the flow of the game throughout regulation by going on an 11-2 run to start the game. However, the Nittany Lions struggled mightily from the three-point line by going 2 for 14 from beyond the arc in the first half and 6 for 27 for the game. In comparison, Iowa went 6 for 15 from three in the first half and 11 for 31 for the game.
Penn State appeared to be in control when Jalen Pickett broke a 55 all tie with a big shot with just under seven minutes left in the second half, however, they couldn’t shake off the Hawkeyes (14-7 Overall, 4-6 Big Ten Conference) as Patrick McCaffery made a jumper to cut the lead to 63-59. After a Sam Sessoms jumper, Keagan Murray hit a three-pointer. And finally, after Sessoms made one out of two from the line McCaffery grabbed the rebound passed the ball to Jordan Bohannon who shot an air ball that went right into the hands of Murray to tip it in at the buzzer to force overtime. Murray led all scorers with 21 points while McCaffery scored 16 points and seven rebounds while going 3-6 from beyond the arc.
In overtime, after a back-and-forth affair Miles Dread sent the game into double-overtime with a rare three-point make for the Nittany Lions with nine seconds left to force double-overtime.
In double-overtime after Filip Rebraca made a jumper, Pickett scored the next five points including a three-pointer to put Penn State up for good as Penn State made their free throws to ice the game.
Penn State will look to stay on their winning ways as they travel to play the eleventh-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday evening, while Iowa will travel to Columbus to take on 16th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday night.