Lamar Stevens scored 30 points on 14-of-22 shooting to lead Penn State over Marquette, 85-80, and into the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament last night at the Al McGuire Center.
Tony Carr added 25 points and Shep Garner went 7-for-11 from the floor, including 5-for-8 from three-point territory, in scoring 19 points to aid the cause.
The second seed in their section of the bracket, Marquette never led after the first of the NIT's experimental four quarters. Fourth-seeded Penn State's largest lead was 14 with 7:14 remaining, and while Marquette would trim that to as little as three with a few seconds remaining, the charge came up short.
Senior Andrew Rowsey finished his Marquette career with 29 points to lead Marquette. He finished the season with 716 total points, breaking Dwyane Wade's single-season Marquette record of 710 in 2002-03. With six three-pointers, Rowsey ended the year with 125, breaking the Marquette record of 121 by Steve Novak in 2005-06.
Marquette finishes with a 21-14 record and expects everyone but Rowsey to return, although Sam Hauser (leg) and Jamal Cain (thumb) may require off-season surgery.
Penn State, after upsetting Notre Dame and Marquette on their home floors, heads to Madison Square Garden to face Mississippi State in an NIT semifinal. The Bulldogs upset Louisville in Kentucky, 79-56. - Dan Pfeifer
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