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.
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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.
Aggressive start for Seth Lundy tonight and that's a great sign for Penn State.— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) November 11, 2021
He's got 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. pic.twitter.com/FWZDMYsBvT
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.