After an encouraging effort in a loss to Purdue this past Saturday, the Penn State men’s basketball team got back in the win column and back to .500 in Big Ten play with a win over Rutgers.
Penn State (8-6, 3-3) held a Rutgers (9-6, 3-2) offense that scored 95 points in a win over Nebraska to under 20 points in the first half, taking a 27-19 lead into halftime. Jalen Pickett led all scorers with 11 points.
Penn State never gave up its lead in the second half. Sam Sessoms led the Nittany Lions with 17 points and added six assists off the bench, Pickett finished with 15, and John Harrar added 16 points and six rebounds.
Greg Lee led Penn State in boards with 12. For Rutgers, Clifford Omoruyi had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds and also added three blocks.
Penn State’s next game is Sunday at No. 16 Ohio State. Tipoff is scheduled for noon.