2018 NIT: Penn State basketball upsets Marquette to go to tournament semifinals at MSG

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Penn State basketball now has seven straight NIT Tournament wins and got its third of this year with an 85-80 win over No. 2 seed Marquette on the road on Tuesday night.

The No. 4 seed Nittany Lions now advance to the 2018 NIT Tournament semifinals next Tuesday at Madison Square Garden where they will take on the winner of No. 2 seed Louisville and No. 4 seed Mississippi State.

Lamar Stevens led the way for the Lions with a dominant night, shooting 14-of-22 for 30 points, while Tony Carr had 25 points and seven assists and Shep Garner was 5-of-8 from 3-point land for 19 points.

Here’s the full box score.

The Lions (24-13) and Golden Eagles started off deadlocked, trading 3’s and went into the end of the first quarter with the visitors up 25-22. The Lions then pulled away a bit in the second quarter and went into the break up 41-34 before building on that in the second half, going up by 14 in the fourth quarter before the home team fought back into it, cutting the lead to three points late but the Lions held on.

Andrew Rowsey had 29 points for the Golden Eagles in the loss.

Before downing the Golden Eagles, the Lions dropped Temple to begin the tournament then upset No. 1 seed Notre Dame last Saturday.

The 24 wins are the most for the Lions since going 27-11 in 2008-09 and only the third time they have eclipsed 23 wins in program history. They won the NIT that 08-09 season in the last time they appeared in the tournament.

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