STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State coach Patrick Chambers kept saying all winter that his team was close to winning a Big Ten game even as the league losses piled up.
Momentum finally bounced the Nittany Lions’ way on Wednesday night against one of their toughest foes of the season.
Jermaine Marshall scored 25 points and hit a key layup with 1:06 left to help Penn State roar back from a 15-point deficit and upset No. 4 Michigan 84-78 for its first Big Ten victory in more than a year.
No wonder fans rushed the court in delight after the final buzzer.
I was looking around. I wanted to see our team, Chambers said about the frenzy inside the Jordan Center. I wanted to embrace it and be in that moment, because those moments don’t come very often.
Penn State (9-18, 1-14) had lost 18 straight regular-season Big Ten games dating to last season. The team’s previous conference win came on Feb. 16, 2012, a 69-64 victory over Iowa.
It was Penn State’s first win over a top 5 team since defeating No. 5 North Carolina 82-74 in the second round of the 2001 NCAA tournament, and the highest-ranked opponent that the Nittany Lions have beaten since moving to the Jordan Center in 1996.
No. 5 MIAMI 76, VIRGINIA TECH 58: In Coral Gables, Fla., the Hurricanes went 11 minutes without a basket, then finally pulled away from the Hokies.
Shane Larkin had 22 points and six assists to lead the Hurricanes (23-4, 14-1 ACC).
No. 7 GEORGETOWN 79, CONNECTICUT 78, 2 OT: In Storrs, Conn., Otto Porter Jr.’s layup with 9.5 seconds remaining in the second overtime gave the Hoyas (22-4, 12-3 Big East) their 10th straight win and first-ever over the Huskies (19-8, 9-6) at Gampel Pavilion.
No. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE 64, TCU 47: In Fort Worth, Texas, Le’Bryan Nash scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Cowboys (21-6, 11-4 Big 12).
No. 18 SAINT LOUIS 70, SAINT JOSEPH’S 53: In St. Louis, Dwayne Evans had 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks to help the the Billikens run their winning streak to 10. Rob Loe had 11 points for the balanced Billikens (22-5, 11-2 Atlantic 10).
No. 23 PITTSBURGH 64, SOUTH FLORIDA 44: In Pittsburgh, Tray Woodall scored 14 points as the Panthers (22-7, 10-6 Big East) handed the Bulls their 10th consecutive loss.
BALL STATE 95, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 90: In Muncie, Jauwan Scaife scored a career-high 34, including six three-pointers, and the Cardinals (12-14, 5-8 MAC) improved to 19-2 all time against the Chippewas at Worthen Arena.
DRAKE 67, INDIANA STATE 56: In Terre Haute, Richard Carter scored 15 points as the Bulldogs won their third straight game. The Sycamores (17-12, 9-8) got 13 points from Jake Odum.
. EVANSVILLE 59, WICHITA STATE 56: In Wichita, Kan., Colt Ryan scored 29 points to help Evansville (17-13, 9-8) knock off the Missouri Valley Conference leader. Tekele Cotton had 12 points for the Shockers (24-6, 12-5).
No. 16 LOUISVILLE 72, SETON HALL 62: In Louisville, Ky., Antonita Slaughter scored 17 points to lead the Cardinals.
No. 23 IOWA STATE 83, KANSAS 68: In Ames, Iowa, Chelsea Poppens had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Cyclones.