Penn State defeated in close game to Purdue - Recap, Box score

Watkins leads in rebounds with 9.5 while Carr tops in assists with 4.8 per game.

In head-to-head competition during that time, Penn State leads the rivalry at 24-22-2, thanks to dominance by Sanderson's wrestling squad and Russ Rose's women's volleyball team, and the men's hoops squads of Pat Chambers (s) weeping the Buckeyes in 2014 and 2018.

Guy Gadowsky secured his 99th career win as the Nittany Lion head coach and will go for No. 100 next week at home against Minnesota.

Sophomore Carsen Edwards averaged 24.5 points, 3.0 assists and shot 45 percent from the field in two games last week.

Edwards closed out the half with 10 of Purdue's 12 points while Carr and Stevens combined for seven to get to the 36-32 halftime score. Shep Garner scored 19 with a 5-for-8 3-point shooting effort. It's an area that's going to have to continue to be worked as we move closer to March. Purdue's C. Edwards hit two with two seconds left in the game for the final 76-73 outcome.

Penn State took its first lead of the evening after a Nazeer Bostick tip-in put the Nittany Lions up 16-15, the culmination of a 7-0 run for the visitors. Watkins grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Watkins had to be separated from the Boilers and picked up a technical foul. The run included a pair of driving layups from Dakota Mathias and a triple from Edwards, his third of the night.

The Nittany Lions looked to be in a bit of trouble early, as Purdue opened the game on a 12-5 run.

The Blue Devils capitalized on a Penn State error in the bottom of the fifth inning, plating three unearned runs to take the 6-5 advantage with two innings left to play.

Penn State snapped an eight-game winless streak, securing a victory for the first time since January 12 as it improved to 14-13-5 on the year and 7-10-5-2 in Big Ten play. Purdue responded with a dunk in traffic from Edwards and huge 3 from Ryan Cline, his first basket in four games, to retake the lead with just less than five minutes left.

Notes: Two new Nittany Lions started for Penn State - junior Shea Sbranti (first base) and freshman Curtis Robison (designated hitter) - and both reached base in their first plate appearances tallying a single and walk, respectively ...

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The game wasn't finally decided until the closing seconds.

Purdue survived a very determined Penn State team on Sunday night in Mackey Arena to snap their three-game losing streak. RHP Nick Distasio (Oley, Pa.) battled back to strike out the next batter and then second baseman Conlin Hughes (Holly Springs, N.C.) made a diving stop to keep a batted ball in the infield, making the toss to first to end the inning. The sophomore had a hand in that, as well, scoring 10 points in the first seven minutes of the second half to propel his team in front.

For the fourth straight game, the Boilermakers found themselves in a possession game.

The Boilermakers are simply giving their opponents too many second chances points.

Junior forward Grady Eifert started in place of Vincent Edwards. Penn State won in the rebounding column 35-28.

According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, the injury suffered in practice Saturday that caused Edwards to miss Sunday's game against Penn State might require several days of rest.

Josh Reaves couldn't remember when he fell asleep after getting back from Penn State's loss at Purdue on Sunday night.

Penn State (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten) was led by Tony Carr with 19 points.

The Boilermakers went to the free throw line 27 times and converted on 17 of those attempts.


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