Des Moines, Iowa— All good things must come to an end, and one the best Penn State basketball seasons ever isn’t an exception.
Tenth-seeded Penn State fought hard against second-seeded Texas but ultimately fell, 71-66, and ended the year 23-14.
It was a year of firsts for the program. The first Big Ten Championship Game appearance since 2011.
The first NCAA Tournament berth since the same year. The first NCAA Tournament win since 2001
But for Penn State’s seven seniors, it was their last game.
One of the seniors, Andrew Funk, finished with 12 points.
It was a disappointing night, but Funk is proud to have been part of Happy Valley Hoops renaissance.
“It stings a little bit now,” Funk told NSN’s Dan Angell after the game, “and it’s going to continue to sting for a bit, but there’s a lot to be proud of from this 40 minutes and from all year. So, I’m really proud of this group, happy to have done it with them and proud to be part of it.”
Hear more from Funk, fellow seniors Cam Wynter and Mikey Henn, as well as freshmen Kebba Njie, Kanye Clary and Evan Mahaffey below.