Penn State played LSU pretty evenly for most of Friday night's matchup at the Emerald Coast Classic but were outlasted by the Tigers in overtime, 68-63.
The Nittany Lions sent the game into overtime on a tip-in by Seth Lundy with 0.6 seconds left, only to run out of gas in the extra period. LSU outscored Penn State 10-5 in overtime and held the Nittany Lions scoreless for the final 2:03 in the extra frame.
The Tigers' depth and athleticism clearly bothered a Penn State team that remains short-handed early in the season and that proved to be the difference down the stretch.
Forward Tari Eason led all scorers with 20 points and had a team-high nine rebounds. LSU out rebounded Penn State 42-35, including 18 offensive boards.
Will Wade's squad scored the first six points in overtime before a Lundy three cut the lead in half at the 2:54 mark. A nice driving layup by Sam Sessoms a possession later trimmed the deficit to one, 64-63.
Lundy had a chance to pull within one or tie the game once more with 1:30 to go, only to see his dunk attempt carom off the back of the rim and his follow-up three miss. Jaheam Cornwall also got a great look for a three out of a timeout with seven seconds, but his effort was also off the mark and LSU closed out the win at the free throw line.
Jalen Pickett had his best performance as a Nittany Lion, leading the team with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Sessoms finished with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and once again willed his team down the stretch of the second half. At one point he scored five straight points to pull Penn State ahead.
Myles Dread chipped in with a season-high 11 points, while Lundy struggled with a 3-of-16 mark for 8 points.
LSU (6-0) outshot Penn State 21 to 6 from the free throw line. The Nittany Lions (3-2) only made three of those attempts from the charity stripe.
Penn State is back in action at 4 p.m. tomorrow against Oregon State or Wake Forest.