Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Penn State wins the NIT

If you're a Penn State fan, you have to feel reasonably good this morning after the Nittany Lions beat Baylor, 64-57.

Penn State wins the NIT

Okay, so it wasn't the BCS title or the Rose Bowl, and maybe it didn't quite make up for just missing out on the NCAA Tournament.

But if you're a Penn State fan, you have to feel reasonably good this morning after the Nittany Lions beat Baylor, 69-63, in the NIT championship game.

If nothing else, this week certainly proved that the school seems capable of getting behind its basketball program, as no fewer than 36 buses' worth of students traveled from State College to Manhattan for the championship tilt. Joe Paterno's presence in the stands was great to see as well.

I actually heard the Madison Square Garden PA guy warn the fans to stay in their seats at the final buzzer as ESPN was cutting to a commercial break. A court-storming at MSG would have been quite a sight, albeit a highly unlikely one.

The question now is whether the Nittany Lions can carrry this year's success into next season both on and off the court. With four seniors on the current roster, it might be a bit of a challenge. But it seems that Ed DeChellis has things going in the right direction. You would certainly think that prospective recruits would be excited to see a sea of white shirts in the stands cheering for their team.

There weren't any really outstanding individual performances in the game, but I'll give Line of the Game honors to Jamelle Cornley. And I'll call it a night, because the next few of them are going to be pretty crazy.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
J. Cornley
36
8-15
2-4
0-1
4
3
7
2
1
1
0
4
17
18

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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