By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 4 seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have advanced to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Championship game. They defeated the No. 4 seed Mississippi State Bulldogs, 75-60, on Tuesday night in the NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Nittany Lions improved to 25-13 on the season. They will face the No. 2 Utah Utes in the NIT Championship game on Thursday night at The Garden. The game will tip off at 7 pm.
Penn State is 25-9 all-time in the NIT. They are 1-1 in previous championship games.
The Nittany Lions lost in the NIT Championship in 1998 when they lost 79-72 to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They last won the NIT Championship in 2009 when they defeated the Baylor Bears, 69-63.
The Bulldogs ended their season with a 25-12 record.
Tony Carr led the Nittany Lions with 21 points. He also had six rebounds, five assists, and one block.
Carr was one of three Penn State players, who scored in double-figures. Shep Garner had 18 points and Lamar Stevens added 17 points.
The Nittany Lions had eight bench points. Julian Moore led the bench with six points.
Tyson Carter led the Bulldogs with 19 points. He also had two rebounds and one steal.
Carter was one of three Mississippi State players, who scored in double-figures. Abdul Ado scored 13 points and Aric Holman had 10 points.
The Bulldogs had 29 bench points. Carter scored all of his 19 points off of the bench.