The Best Photos, Videos From Penn State's Marquee Victory at the 'Cathedral of College Basketball'

By Mike Treb on January 8, 2017 at 10:54 am
Penn State Nittany Lions forward Lamar Stevens (11) reacts after a victory against the Michigan State Spartans at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.

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Penn State men's basketball scored one of its biggest Big Ten victories in some time Saturday and did it inside one of college basketball's crown jewels.

Playing before 9,000 fans at The Palestra in Philadelphia, the Nittany Lions knocked out Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, 72-63. It was a marquee moment for Pat Chambers and the Lions program, which features six players from the Philadelphia area. And they did it all on a national stage in the place affectionately known as "The Cathedral of College Basketball." 

Check out the best sights and sounds from The Palestra:


Overall view of a game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan State Spartans during the second half at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.
The Cathedral hosted a packed house for a neutral-site Big Ten Conference game. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Michigan State Spartans forward Nick Ward (44) shoots a free throw during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.
Penn State students busted out big-head distractions, including oversized cutouts of Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens, Mike Watkins, Zoolander, Crying Jordan (LOL!), a trash can emoji and Jon Snow. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions forward Payton Banks (0) shoots the ball past Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) during the second half at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.
Payton Banks rises up over Michigan State's Miles Bridges. Banks finished with 11 points. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
 Penn State Nittany Lions guard Josh Reaves (23) deflects the shot attempt from Michigan State Spartans guard Eron Harris (14) during the second half at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.
Josh Reaves really enjoys blocking jump shots, as he did here against Spartans guard Eron Harris. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions guard Tony Carr (10) reacts after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Palestra.
Tony Carr reacts to a three-point bucket. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions guard Shep Garner (33) smiles after scoring during the second half against the Michigan State Spartans at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.
Junior guard Shep Garner scored his 1,000th point in Penn State's victory. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions guard Josh Reaves (23) dunks the ball past Michigan State Spartans guard Lourawls Nairn Jr. (11) during the second half at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.
Josh Reaves with the dunk. Keep scrolling down for video of his monster yam. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo reacts to a call during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.
While highly complimentary of Penn State, Spartans coach Tom Izzo was frustrated by his team's effort. "I'm embarrassed in a city where basketball is like this and my team played like they did in the first half. We guarded nobody, played with no energy and I was totally frustrated with the way we played." (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions forward Lamar Stevens (11) reacts after a victory against the Michigan State Spartans at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.
Lamar Stevens celebrates as the Nittany Lions sew up the victory. Stevens led Penn State with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Patrick Chambers calls out to his team during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Palestra. Penn State won 72-63.
"This was a business trip for us," Pat Chambers said. (Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

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