Penn State 74, St. Francis Brooklyn 59: Nittany Lions Bounce Back Thanks to Sam Sessoms

By John Morgan on November 19, 2021 at 8:00 am
Nov 10, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Micah Shrewsberry talks with his team against the Youngstown State Penguins during the second half at the Bryce Jordan Center.
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Micah Shrewsberry has still never lost a home game as a head coach of a Division I basketball team. The Nittany Lions bounced back from a dreadful loss against UMass to defeat St. Francis Brooklyn 74-59 on Thursday night.

Penn State took a 13-point lead into the break and never looked back. With the win, the Nittany Lions move to 2-1 on the young season as the team acclimates to their rookie head coach.

  First Half Second Half final
PENN STATE 40 34 74

It was Sam Sessoms who stole the show with his 26 points. The guard in his second season in Happy Valley after transferring from Binghamton kept the Terriers at bay by hitting on 10 of 13 shots.

Penn State held St. Francis Brooklyn to 41% shooting from the field as they only made seven of twenty-two three-point attempts. The Nittany Lions also controlled the boards by a 36 to 26 advantage.

Along with Sessoms, Seth Lundy (11) and John Harrar (14) were the other two Nittany Lions who finished in double-digits. Harrar tallied yet another double-double by pulling down 13 rebounds.

Penn State is a work in progress and they continue to struggle with turnovers as they gave the ball away 15 times. It's a year to grow, but they need to find a way to take care of the ball better.

Credit to Penn State and Shrewsberry who shook off an ugly loss just a few days ago to secure a win. This game had all the makings of a sluggish start heading in, but the Nittany Lions went out and took care of business. Penn State takes on Cornell on Monday which happens to be seven years to the date that DJ Newbill and the Nittany Lions pulled a rabbit out of their hat to defeat the Big Red 72-71.