NCAAB Game Recap - Iowa at Penn State
Sat Jan 4, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Pepp
70
Gonz
75
F
Duke
95
Mia-FL
62
F
WVU
53
Kansas
60
F
Oreg
69
Utah
64
F
Tex
44
Baylor
59
F
FlaSt
78
Lou
65
F
Aub
80
MisSt
68
F
UGA
65
Mem
62
F
Vill
60
Marq
71
F
Crei
57
Butl
71
F
SDSU
77
UtSt
68
F
Ind
59
MD
75
F
Mizzu
59
KY
71
F
VaTec
39
UVA
65
F
Iowa
86
PSU
89
F
OkSt
50
TxTch
85
F
Miss
54
WichSt
74
F
AzSt
47
Ariz
75
F
LSU
78
Tenn
64
F
Wake
69
Pitt
65
F
Akr
69
E MI
45
F
NCSU
70
Clem
81
F
Wyo
61
ColSt
72
F
KansSt
61
Okla
66
F
FaDi
77
Bry
73
F
Samf
78
VMI
75
F
UMassL
86
UMBC
73
F(OT)
WCU
86
Citad
82
F
Seatt
86
ChiSt
54
F
UConn
60
SoFL
75
F
Morg
81
DelSt
68
F
Prov
66
DeP
65
F
LongI
73
MtStM
82
F(2OT)
N TX
67
Marsh
64
F
UCIrv
73
Harv
77
F
UNH
52
Hartfo
61
F
GASt
72
CoCar
74
F
MiaO
82
CenMI
93
F
Winth
87
Campbl
72
F
NIU
73
Buff
72
F
TxSt
70
ArkSt
67
F
SthAL
49
ULMo
69
F
AbCh
74
Lamar
62
F
TexAr
89
ArkLR
92
F
USC-Up
73
Longw
56
F
Presb
68
GWebb
62
F
YSU
74
Clev
82
F
TNTec
72
MorSt
83
F
StFPA
93
CenCT
69
F
ETSU
56
Furm
65
F
Cin
71
Tul
76
F
ND
88
Syr
87
F
GaSo
72
App
74
F
MTSt
53
S UT
59
F
McNee
69
CenAR
79
F
IlSt
55
SIU
67
F
RobM
69
(N/A)
58
F
Albany
74
Bingha
62
F
Lib
65
NJIT
38
F
W&M
66
NE
64
F
MidTN
62
Charl
68
F
Elon
75
Hof
102
F
UTEP
56
FlAtl
59
F
JacSt
80
E KY
71
F
JMU
69
Charl
85
F
How
66
MD-ES
78
F
FlaAM
45
NCC
61
F
NFla
81
N AL
65
F
SeLA
84
TXAMC
80
F
Stetsn
57
KennSt
54
F
HiPt
62
Radf
73
F
Chat
70
Mercer
61
F
Ohio
65
W MI
77
F
SCSt
79
Copp
75
F
TN-M
63
APSU
82
F
USD
63
SCla
80
F
Rice
61
W Ky
68
F
SoMis
50
LaTec
78
F
PorSt
69
E WA
71
F
W IL
56
SDSt
91
F
E IL
55
Belm
87
F
ArkPB
80
MsVl
76
F
(N/A)
75
CSNor
109
F
IaSt
79
TCU
81
F(OT)
GaTec
96
UNC
83
F
Bois
66
Nev
83
F
Web
64
NoAZ
72
F
IndSt
76
Drake
80
F
Alab
98
Fla
104
F(2OT)
SIU-E
74
TNSt
79
F
AlSt
67
JackSt
70
F
ChaSo
85
Hamp
92
F
Alc
70
PVAM
84
F
BethC
72
Norf
85
F
Nich
70
SamH
58
F
AlaAM
60
Gram
70
F
Lipsco
61
FlGlf
68
F
UNCG
92
Woff
98
F(2OT)
UCLA
71
WaSt
79
F(OT)
SJSU
64
Fres
79
F
Valpa
81
Evans
79
F(OT)
TexAM
59
Ark
69
F
SacHr
81
Merrim
74
F
Princ
78
Penn
64
F
UAB
52
OlDom
58
F
Tows
67
UNCW
60
F
TexSA
83
FlInt
90
F(OT)
SFA
87
NOrl
68
F
CSLA
60
LongB
76
F
SDCh
51
UCRiv
89
F
Oral
67
NebOm
74
F
Troy
62
ULLa
79
F
Brad
64
NrthIA
69
F
UtVal
63
UMKC
68
F
MOSt
58
LoyIL
62
F
SEMO
59
Murr
81
F
Mont
66
N CO
74
F
LoyMa
38
BYU
63
F
SMU
92
Vand
81
F(OT)
South
68
TXSo
77
F
GrCan
62
CSBak
69
F
NMSt
86
CBap
71
F
USF
65
Portl
76
F
StMar
99
Pacif
107
F(4OT)
AF
59
UNLV
71
F
IdaSt
49
Sac
68
F

Penn State 89, Iowa 86

Jan 4, 2020, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(23) Iowa (10-4)

38

48

86

(21) Penn State (12-2)

39

50

89

No. 21 Penn State topples No. 23 Iowa 89-86 in Philly
Sat Jan 4, 2020 6:17 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Lamar Stevens punctuated a late bucket that assured Penn State would leave the steamy Palestra triumphant with a yell of "This is my city!"

"It was just some emotions that came out," Stevens said.

No sense holding them in, not after a win that could propel the Nittany Lions toward their first NCAA Tournament in nine years. Stevens' face was on the big screen with the message, "Thank you, Philly!" The mascot was chest bumped by overzealous players. Coach Pat Chambers grabbed a mic and told the nearly 8,000 fans that packed the place that, yeah, football-crazed Penn State was a basketball school, too.

"My head is still spinning," Chambers said. "That was wild."

Izaiah Brockington scored 23 points and Mike Watkins' fast-break dunk with 1:42 left put No. 21 Penn State ahead to stay in a wild 89-86 win over No. 23 Iowa on Saturday at the Palestra.

Chambers might finally have a team he can take to the NCAA Tournament in his ninth season.

"Our vision has always been to be a Top 25 team, to find success and go to the NCAA Tournament consistently," Chambers said.

Those goals have been a chore at dreary Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State's on-campus arena that barely averaged an announced attendance of 10,000 fans last season. But 193 miles down the road at the Palestra, the heart of Philly hoops, the steamy gym was packed. Tickets on the secondary market were going for $150 a seat in the corners - or, "Corners! as its known when the Palestra is sold out - and fans arrived early to walk the concourse that serves as much as a hall of fame as it does a stop for a $4 hot dog.

The floor temps hovered in the 80s and industrial fans were needed to cool the players.

"It felt like 120," Chambers cracked.

Iowa couldn't handle the heat down the stretch. Luka Garza scored 34 points for the Hawkeyes (10-4, 1-2 Big Ten), but he missed three crucial free throws in the waning moments.

Garza, who scored 44 points last month at Michigan, scored 12 straight points in one stretch in the first half but missed two foul shots with 3:21 left and Iowa clinging to a two-point lead.

Penn State supporters roared "We Are!" from the opening tip and the Palestra decibel meter hit 11 when Myreon Jones made a 3 for a late one-point lead. Garza went 1 of 2 from the line to even the score at 79-all. Watkins delivered for PSU with a go-ahead dunk before Stevens sealed it with a late layup - and his boasting howl.

Stevens and Jones each scored 16 points for the Nittany Lions (12-2, 2-1). Stevens sparked the idea of PSU making a return trip to Palestra. A graduate of Philadelphia's Roman Catholic High School, Stevens badgered Chambers about playing a game at the Palestra before his career ended. He surely could not have imagined a showdown between two nationally ranked teams going basket-for-basket in front of a packed house once Iowa agreed to play in Philly.

"Playing in high school is great, but it's nothing like coming back and playing in college," Stevens said. “It's just the environment and how loud the crowd gets. It's mainly only Penn State in the gym, cheering for us.”

Penn State might want to petition to play all its Big Ten games at the Palestra. The Nittany Lions got the best of Iowa and coach Fran McCaffery, a former Penn standout who played home games at the Palestra.

Walk past the pictures of Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain in their high school uniforms, and there's a photo of McCaffery in his No. 23 Penn jersey. The caption read, "Fran McCafferty, 1979-82, was integral in three Ivy League Championship titles for the Quakers." McCaffery walked in the same concourse doors Saturday as fans and fist-bumped a row of black-and-gold wearing supporters. Yes, even an Ivy League school can't ace spelling - there's no T in McCaffery - and McCaffery left with another unwanted letter: an L.

"Everyone in the league is used to a hostile environment," McCaffery said. "Loud, road situations. I think what made today so difficult is the heat."

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes can only hope the game won't cost them beyond the loss; starting guard CJ Fredrick left with an ankle or foot injury.

Penn State: Penn State played as a ranked team against a ranked team for the first time since 1996. Chambers found little success over his first eight seasons. But powered by a deep, veteran roster, the Nittany Lions cracked the Top 25 this season for the first time since March 1996. They haven't played an NCAA Tournament game since 2011.

"They have many more guys that can score the ball, different pieces that bring something to the table," McCaffery said.

UP NEXT

Iowa plays Tuesday at Nebraska.

Penn State plays Tuesday at Rutgers.

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Leaders

Iowa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Pemsl 0 0 1 6 1 0
B. Evelyn 0 0 2 2 0 0
Penn State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Buttrick 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Harrar 0 0 0 6 1 0

Team Comparison

Iowa PSU
Points For 86 89
Field Goals 31/65-48% 33/72-46%
Three Pointers 11/26-42% 8/28-29%
Free Throws 13/20-65% 15/22-68%
Offensive Rebounds 14 15
Defensive Rebounds 29 24
Rebounds 48 44
Blocks 5 5
Steals 4 11
Turnovers 15 8
Personal Fouls 16 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - PSU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 4 Iowa 86 @ PSU 89 C. McCaffery 3 M. Watkins 4

Game Information

Stadium: Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 7,881
Game Time: