A lot of teams would tell you Mackey Arena is one of the most difficult venues in college basketball. A lot of teams would tell you that shooting in one of the loudest arenas in the B1G is almost impossible.
Don’t tell that to Penn State.
Tuesday night, the Nittany Lions made a season-high 14 shots from behind the 3-point line, a big reason why the team left West Lafayette with an 88-76 victory over the Boilermakers. Penn State shot 53.8 percent from beyond the arc, and knocked down 51.9 percent of its shots for the game.
Ten of those 3-point buckets came in the first half.
First half 3s:
10, Penn State
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 12, 2020
It was Penn State’s best 3-point shooting effort of the season, setting a new season-high for baskets from long range. It was also the program’s first win over Purdue at Mackey Arena in over a decade, with the last victory coming in 2006.
Penn State was led by Mike Watkins off the bench, who recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Seth Lundy and Myles Dread were the sharpshooters from 3-point range Tuesday night, accounting for 10 of the team’s 14 buckets from deep. Lundy drilled 6-of-9 attempts while Dread buried 4-of-6 shots.
With the victory, Penn State has extended its winning streak to seven games, which includes road wins over Michigan (Crisler Center), Michigan State (Breslin Center) and Purdue (Mackey Arena). The Nittany Lions are 9-4 in B1G play, just one game behind Maryland for the top spot in the conference. Overall, the team is 19-5.