Dread’s late 3 lifts No. 16 Penn State over Rutgers

first_img“He knows that I’m confident in him,” Chambers said. “He knows the players are confident in him. As soon as it left his hands I knew it was in.”But coming out of the huddle with his team suddenly trailing after a Geo Baker jumper, Dread didn’t know he would get the ball.The play was designed to go to Penn State’s leading scorer Lamar Stevens for an inside shot that Penn State hoped would send the game to overtime.When Dread was left alone behind the arc, however, Izaiah Brockington found him.“When the play’s designed for Lamar, and I come off and knock it down, that just goes to show how much my teammates believe in me,” Dread said. “If I don’t shoot, I don’t play.” Associated Press February 26, 2020 Dread’s late 3 lifts No. 16 Penn State over Rutgers But he appears to be nearing a return.Jones, who was averaging 14.1 points per game before going out of the lineup, warmed up with the team in shorts and a tank top and appeared to work up a bit of a sweat. He was 2-for-3 on 3-pointers over the final two minutes of the team’s shootaround. Chambers would only say Jones would play once team doctors clear him to do so.WHAT WAS THAT?The Nittany Lions turned a bizarre sequence into quick points late in the first. With just over four minutes to play, John Harrar rainbowed an inbounds pass over a Rutgers defender toward Jamari Wheeler. But before it reached him, the ball bounced awkwardly off Penn State’s glass and Wheeler had to scramble to prevent it from careening out of bounds.The speedy Wheeler calmly corralled it, fired it down the court to Stevens who made an easy layup. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Patrick Chambers wants No. 16 Penn State to develop a killer instinct.He may want to show his Nittany Lions replays of Myles Dread’s effort from Wednesday night.Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift Penn State over Rutgers 65-64 after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Akwasi Yeboah missed a 3-pointer the other way and Dread was swarmed by his teammates who snapped a two-game losing streak.center_img Young, who entered the night averaging eight points per game, hit a layup with 14:45 left and added two more along with a dunk from Ron Harper Jr. and a layup from Myles Johnson to pull the Scarlet Knights within a point with 10:03 left.Stevens scored the next two baskets and Penn State got some more offense to go back up by 10.Both teams played sturdy defense early before the Nittany Lions edged ahead 13-10 eight minutes in. Stevens increased his team’s lead with a 3-pointer from the corner two minutes later. Stevens’ first make of the game sparked a 27-9 run to make it a 21-point lead.ILL SHOTPenn State’s second-leading scorer Myreon Jones missed his sixth-straight game with an undisclosed illness. THE BIG PICTURERutgers: The Scarlet Knights have had a season to remember, but most of the highlights came in the first half when they went 12-3 up until Jan. 7. Since then they’re 6-8.Penn State: The Nittany Lions have been coughing up big leads in the second half of the season. They needed to halt their skid and were able to do so, though coach Patrick Chambers still wants his team to develop a killer instinct to put teams away.UP NEXTRutgers: Hosts No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday. Brockington scored 16 points and Stevens added nine for the Nittany Lions (21-7, 11-6 Big Ten). Dread finished with 11 and a career-best seven assists.“That game could’ve got ugly and it didn’t,” Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. “Our guys battled and stayed the course.”Trailing 40-19 late in the first half, the Scarlet Knights tied the game at 62 with 1:32 left on Geo Baker’s layup. His jumper gave Rutgers a two-point lead with 42 seconds remaining before Dread’s big shot handed Rutgers (18-11, 9-9) its third-straight loss.Jacob Young scored 13 points for the Scarlet Knights who rallied after Penn State led by double digits well into the second half.They cut it to 51-50 with a 15-2 run that began as Young found ways to penetrate Penn State’s defense. Penn State: Visits No. 18 Iowa on Saturday.last_img read more

Costa refuses to train after being fined by Atletico Madrid

first_imgHe said the striker’s behaviour was “reprehensible and seriously damaged the club”, although coach Diego Simeone was more forgiving.“Costa is an animal who can do things that make us suffer like what happened at the Nou Camp when he really needed him,” Simeone told Goal.com in an interview published on Thursday.“But I don’t judge players for one incident, I evaluate them for everything and there are many more positive than negative things about Diego.”Atletico, who are second in La Liga nine points adrift of Barcelona with six games left, visit Eibar on Saturday. Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa refused to train on Thursday after being told that his club will fine him for his verbal outburst in the recent defeat by Barcelona, Spanish newspapers reported.An Atletico source confirmed to Reuters that the Spain international did not train, citing “personal reasons”. Costa’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment.The 30-year-old has been banned for eight La Liga games by the Spanish Football Federation for verbally abusing referee Jesus Gil Manzano when he was sent off during the 2-0 loss at Barca on April 6, meaning he will play no part in the rest of the season.The Spanish media said Costa had learned on Wednesday that he was to be fined by the club for the misdemeanour, and reacted to the news by refusing to train on Thursday, despite being fully fit.Atletico’s general manager Clemente Villaverde criticised Costa after the Barca defeat, which effectively handed the Liga title to the Catalans. Diego Costa talks with referee Gil Manzano prior to receiving a red card against Barcelonalast_img read more