Penn State 75, Youngstown State 59: Lions Start New Season with a W

By Vincent Lungaro on November 10, 2021 at 10:35 pm
Nov 10, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions forward Seth Lundy (1) celebrates a play with guard Myles Dread (2) against the Youngstown State Penguins during the first half at the Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

What's better than starting off a new season with a win? Starting off your Nittany Lion coaching career with a win. Micah Shrewsberry notched his first W as Penn State head coach, with a 75-59 win over Youngstown State.

  First Half Second Half Final
Youngstown State 26 33 59
PENN STATE 35 40 75

Led by 23 points from junior forward Seth Lundy, Penn State shook off a hot start from the Penguins to avoid an upset to open up the 2021-22 season. Lundy was aggressive from the start, hunting for his shot with a purpose. That's a great sign for the Nittany Lions going forward, as they need the ultra-talented Lundy to be a more consistent force on the offensive end.

He opened up the night's scoring with a triple from the top of the key and followed that up by making one of the highlights of the first half, collecting a swift steal and an and-1 finish. 

Lundy and Harrar combined for 18 of the Nittany Lions' 26 points. Harrar finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds. 

After a Lundy triple pushed the Penn State lead to 16 at the 14:55 mark of the second half – its largest lead on the night – the Penguins refused to go away quietly. The Horizon League outfit went on a 17-5 run to cut the gap to six at the under-8 timeout.

Lundy (of course) and Sam Sessoms dug the Nittany Lions out of their funk and got the home side on a run of their own, pushing the lead back up to 16 as the game reached four minutes to go.

Sessoms answered a pair of triples from Penguins forward Michael Akuchie with three nifty layups and then connected on a three. The Penn State wave kept rolling from there, as the Nittany Lions scored the next eight points in quick succession, including a powerful slam from Harrar.

Penn State led by double digits the rest of the way and sent the modest BJC crowd home happy. It wasn't always pretty, but nonetheless a solid start to the Shrews era of Penn State hoops.

Sessoms finished with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Jalen Pickett overcame some first-half jitters to chip in with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Penguins were led by 22 points and 10 boards from Akuchie, while Garrett Covington and Shemar Rathan-Mayes ended with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Nittany Lions hit the road next for a matchup with former A10 foe UMASS on Monday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.