STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Will Barrett scored 15 of his team-high 24 points in the final 6:34 of regulation and overtime Saturday to lead Princeton to an improbable 81-79 overtime comeback win over Penn State.
The game was coined as "Return to Rec" because the Nittany Lions (8-4) returned to their venerable old arena, Rec Hall, instead of the newer Bryce Jordan Center, which they moved to in 1996.The Tigers (8-1) placed four other players in double figures. Hans Brase contributed 14, Spencer Weisz 13 and T.J. Bray and Ben Hazel scored 11 each.For Penn State, guards Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill carried the scoring load with 24 points each. Ross Travis added 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.Princeton, after struggling from the field all game, caught fire down the stretch and outscored the Nittany Lions 24-6 in the final 6:34 to send the game into overtime.Barrett fueled the comeback, making 4-of-4 3-pointers in the final 6:17 of the game. His fourth 3-pointer pulled Princeton to within 64-61 with less than 40 seconds to go.With 16.5 seconds to go, Bray missed the second of two free throws. Weisz emerged from a wild scramble for the rebound just outside of the paint. He drove to the basket, was fouled and made both free throws to tie the game at 66.Penn State couldn't convert a last-second shot and the game went to overtime.In overtime, Brase hit a short jumper and Barrett another 3 to give Princeton a 71-66 lead.Bray made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 75-69 with 1:25 left. But the Nittany Lions battled back from there. Newbill scored 6 points in the final 30 seconds to keep Penn State within striking distance.Bray missed the second of two free throws with 3.7 seconds left and Penn State called timeout to set up a last-ditch play.Allen Roberts inbounded under Princeton's basket and threw a nearly court-length pass that Frazier caught and then drove to the basket. His layout was a bit strong, hitting the backboard and rim and bounding away as time expired.