partlycloudy
Sunday December 16th, 2018 3:49PM

Believe the hype! Penn State tops Utah for NIT championship

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Flavor Flav had his red cap flipped backward as he pulled out his iPhone on the Madison Square Garden court. Flav held the camera steady and recorded cousin Shep Garner clip the final strands of the championship net and wave it toward the Penn State die-hards.

Flav's T-shirt at the NIT said it all for the Nittany Lions: Believe the hype!

Garner hit the 3-pointer that brought rapper and reality star Flavor Flav to his feet and helped send Penn State on its way to an NIT title in an 82-66 victory over Utah on Thursday night.

The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions (26-13) also knocked off No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the tournament en route to winning their first NIT title since 2009.

"This means the whole world to me right now ," Flavor Flav said.

They were pretty pumped in Happy Valley, too.

"I think we set the standard," Garner said. "We preach defense and rebounding, but now we have something we can always go to. We won something. We're champions."

Flavor Flav, member of the seminal '80s rap group Public Enemy, sang along to "Fight the Power" as it blasted in the Garden and had the PSU student section chanting "Flav! Flav! Flav!" as the Nittany Lions pulled away for a program-defining championship under coach Pat Chambers.

Lamar Stevens scored 28 points, Josh Reaves had 18 and Tony Carr had 15 points and 14 assists for Penn State.

Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center has a long-standing reputation as one of the dreariest arenas in college basketball. Penn State fans, from rappers to silver-haired alumni, packed the Garden all the way to the last row of the upper deck.

Penn State football coach James Franklin, who led the program to a Pinstripe Bowl victory in 2014, was in the house. Flavor Flav stole the show a few rows behind the PSU bench. Wearing a T-shirt that read "33 Shep Garner," Flavor Flav danced all night in his seat. Flavor Flav popped his T-shirt and raised the roof in the same arena where Public Enemy once tore down the house.

"I think we've proven to teams across the country that Penn State basketball is here to stay," Chambers said.

The clutch moment came in the third quarter when Garner — who became Penn State's career 3-point leader in the tournament run — hit a 3 for his first basket of the game and a 49-41 lead that had the fans going wild.

"To see my cousin break records, win trophies, all that, he deserves it," Flavor Flav said. "The whole team deserves it."

Reaves hit a crashing layup on a three-point play that stretched the lead to 11 and Stevens wagged his tongue toward the PSU fans on a jumper that helped blow open the game.

Flavor Flav raised an arm in the air when Garner sank a 3 early in the fourth for a 68-49 edge that all but put this one away.

The final minutes certainly put some flava in your ear — half the MSG crowd chanted "We Are!" and the other half bellowed "Penn State!"

Sedrick Barefield hit six 3s and scored 22 points for second-seeded Utah (23-12).

"You're always kind of watching the NIT and maybe you think of it as the consolation prize or whatever," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "They have no idea how cool this was for us."

BIG PICTURE:

Utah: David Collette, Justin Bibbins and Tyler Rawson are among the seniors moving on. ... Bibbins scored 15 points.

Penn State: Stevens reached 1,000 career points was named most outstanding player. ... Chambers, a former assistant coach under Jay Wright at Villanova, took over in 2011 and has struggled to find any kind of regular success. The Nittany Lions have never made the NCAA Tournament under Chambers and they'll have just their second winning record in seven seasons. But Penn State's 26 wins are second-highest in program history. The Nittany Lions won a record 27 games in 2008-09.

BIG CROWD

The 11,175 fans at MSG were the most for an NIT final since 2005.

"And you say we're a football school," Chambers cracked.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

The NIT was a bit of a mad scientist in the college basketball lab. The game featured four 10-minute quarters. The tournament also implemented the FIBA 3-point line (22 feet, 1.75 inches), NBA-width lane of 16 inches, and a 20-second shot clock following offensive rebounds.

___

More AP college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org ; https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 and https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-special-events

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Entertainment, AP Online Recordings News, AP Sports - College Football, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
LEADING OFF: Scherzer starts for Nats, Stanton swings away
LEADING OFF: Scherzer starts for Nationals in rain-delayed opener, Yankees slugger Stanton swings for an encore, Keuchel gets his chance for Astros
9:24PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Believe the hype! Penn State tops Utah for NIT championship
Shep Garner hit the 3-pointer that brought cousin Flavor Flav to his feet and helped bring Penn State an NIT championship in an 82-66 win over Utah
9:21PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Trump warns he may freeze SKorea trade deal for NKorea talks
President Donald Trump is threatening to "hold up" the trade agreement his administration finalized with South Korea this week to provide more leverage for talks with North Korea
9:18PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Embiid needs surgery on orbital fracture; has concussion
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will need surgery on an orbital fracture of his left eye and he has a concussion from an injury suffered Wednesday
8:11PM ( 1 hour ago )
Springer, World Series champ Astros top Texas 4-1 in opener
World Series MVP George Springer hit a leadoff homer in the season opener for the second year in a row and the Houston Astros won 4-1 over the Texas Rangers
8:11PM ( 1 hour ago )
APNewsBreak: MLB average salary drops, AP study finds
A study by The Associated Press determined the average major league salary on opening day dropped slightly following an offseason of slashed contracts for many free agents and the decisions to start three highly paid players in the minor leagues
7:44PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Second man arrested in burglary at Patriots player's home
A second suspect charged in connection with a burglary at New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski's Massachusetts home has been arraigned
2:24PM ( 1 day ago )
New service aims to follow users across multiple devices
A new service aims to help marketers follow you around by linking discrete activities online, such as visiting Subway's website on a computer and checking the NFL's app on a phone
11:24AM ( 1 day ago )
World Video Game Hall of Fame announces 2018 finalists
"John Madden Football" among 12 finalists for World Video Game Hall of Fame's class of 2018
3:24PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online Football
NCAA Latest: Azubuike's mom to see him play for first time
Udoka Azubuike's mom will get to see him play for the first time since he left Nigeria six years ago
5:58PM ( 3 hours ago )
Villanova's Brunson is AP men's college player of the year
Villanova's Jalen Brunson is The Associated Press men's college basketball player of the year
5:52PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Security beefed up outside Sacramento NBA arena
Metal detectors and 6-foot tall fencing are set up outside the Golden 1 Center as part of dramatically increased security measures prior to tonight's Sacramento Kings-Indiana Pacers game
5:51PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Virginia's Bennett named AP men's college coach of the year
Virginia's Tony Bennett is The Associated Press men's college basketball coach of the year
3:01PM ( 6 hours ago )
The Latest: Loyola-Chicago tries to avoid 'Cinderella Trap'
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers know they will not keep advancing simply because they're a nice story
12:44PM ( 8 hours ago )
Sister Jean takes hoops to a heavenly place
God and basketball: Sister Jean helps bring basketball to an otherworldly place
10:13AM ( 11 hours ago )
College Sports
Actress Glenn Close aims to reduce mental health stigma
Actress Glenn Close seeks a world in which mental illness is talked about _ and accepted
7:09PM ( 2 hours ago )
Some advertisers drop Laura Ingraham after Parkland comments
Some big name advertisers are dropping Fox News personality Laura Ingraham after she criticized one of the Florida school shooting survivors on social media
5:42PM ( 3 hours ago )
Bill Cosby judge won't step aside as lawyers target accuser
Bill Cosby's lawyers are making clear they plan to attack his accuser as a greedy liar who falsely accused the comedian of sexually assaulting her in 2004 so she could sue him and collect a big payoff
5:41PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Rapper Fabolous facing charges in domestic violence incident
Rapper Fabolous is facing domestic violence charges in New Jersey Englewood police say the rapper, whose real name is John Jackson, turned himself in around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
1:18PM ( 8 hours ago )
Orozco-Estrada named chief conductor of Vienna Symphony
The Vienna Symphony says it has appointed Andres Orozco-Estrada as its next chief conductor
5:57AM ( 15 hours ago )
Rival Korean leaders to meet April 27 in historic summit
South Korean officials say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border village on April 27
5:16AM ( 16 hours ago )
AP Online Recordings News
APNewsBreak: Key design change stymied bridge cost, schedule
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget
7:10PM ( 1 week ago )
DeVoe, Clemson rout cold-shooting Auburn to reach Sweet 16
Gabe DeVoe scored 22 points and Elijah Thomas had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Clemson, which closed the first half with a 25-4 run that helped it beat cold-shooting Auburn 84-53 and advance to the Midwest Region semifinal
10:40PM ( 1 week ago )
Jets acquire No. 3 overall draft pick from Colts
The New York Jets have acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft from the Indianapolis Colts, moving up three spots in a clear sign that they intend to get one of the top quarterbacks available
2:38PM ( 1 week ago )
AP Sports - College Football
Villanova stamps itself as nation's elite in Final Four run
The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college basketball's royalty
8:18PM ( 2 days ago )
Reports: Louisville hires Xavier's Mack as Cardinals' coach
Reports: Louisville hires Xavier's Chris Mack as the Cardinals' new basketball coach
5:27PM ( 2 days ago )
Kansas' Vick 1 of several possible Final Four impact players
Kansas guard Lagerald Vick is playing well in the postseason to headline a list of possible X-factors at this weekend's Final Four
5:16PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
LEADING OFF: Scherzer starts for Nats, Stanton swings away
LEADING OFF: Scherzer starts for Nationals in rain-delayed opener, Yankees slugger Stanton swings for an encore, Keuchel gets his chance for Astros
9:24PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Trump warns he may freeze SKorea trade deal for NKorea talks
President Donald Trump is threatening to "hold up" the trade agreement his administration finalized with South Korea this week to provide more leverage for talks with North Korea
9:18PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Stanton, Davidson tee off, opening day turns into HR derby
The 2018 Major League Baseball season started with a bang when Ian Happ of the Cubs homered on the very first pitch
9:18PM ( 14 minutes ago )
The Latest: Protesters block downtown Sacramento streets
Protesters have again blocked streets in downtown Sacramento calling for justice following the police shooting of an unarmed black man
9:08PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Emotions run high at funeral for man shot by police
A standing-room-only crowd packed a church to celebrate the life of a 22-year-old black man who was shot to death by Sacramento police, prompting protests and a resolve to force changes in police departments around the country
9:00PM ( 32 minutes ago )