Penn State outlasts St John's 89-82 in OT
NEW YORK (AP)
D.J. Newbill had 25 points, and Ross Travis and Brandon Taylor each had 10 points for Penn State, which improved to 6-1. The Nittany Lions will play Mississippi in the championship game of the two-day tournament Saturday afternoon.
D'Angelo Harrison led St. John's with 20 points. Max Hooper added 15 points and Phil Greene IV chipped in with 14.
St. John's fell to 4-2. The Red Storm will meet Georgia Tech in the consolation game.
Penn State went into halftime with a 42-35 lead as they made exactly 50 percent of their shots from the field (14-for-18) and from 3-point range (7-for-14) in the opening 20 minutes.
The Nittany Lions led by as much as 15 (62-47) following Allen Roberts' made 3-pointer with 10:52 left. However, the Johnnies fought back and tied the game at 67-67, after Greene's wing jumper with 3:12 left.
From that point, the teams exchanged momentum surges.
Trailing 71-67 with 1:27 left, Harrison was fouled while drilling a 3-pointer. He made the ensuing free throw, and his floater on St. John's next possession gave the Red Storm their first lead since Chris Obekpa's game-opening layup.
The lead lasted for all of 40 seconds.
Frazier made three free throws after being fouled behind the three point line to give Penn State a 75-74 lead. Harrison drew St. John's even with 2.5 seconds left in regulation when he made one-of-two free throws.
Friday night's matchup was the first between the Big 10 and Big East schools since Dec. 15, 1911. St. John's won that game, 25-17.