Episode 47: PSU Basketball Overcomes Slow Start to Defeat Canisius

Penn State men’s basketball overcame a sluggish start to beat Canisius 97-67. It was a bittersweet victory, as the Nittany Lions lost key contributor Seth Lundy to injury midway through the game. Vince breaks down this game and what he saw from the squad. WE ARE!

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Vince:

00:00:01.38 – 00:00:29.95 

¬†Hello Nittany Lion fans and welcome back to this week’s edition of the Nittany Blues podcast Today we are here to recap Penn State’s 97 to 67 victory or the Canisius Golden Griffins Uh This was a game where Penn State fans were really hoping that it would just be an easy win Not much to talk about freshmen would be getting their minutes However we do have a lot to talk about today

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Vince:

00:00:30.23 – 00:00:56.18 

 Uh This game started off a little slow and the lines kind of looked like they were sleepwalking a little bit offensively to start off this game Uh You saw Canisius hit some big shots early Penn State wasn’t moving the ball how we’re accustomed to seeing them moving and they got down 5 to 14 rather quickly and the Golden griffins really took it to the enemy lines

Vince:

00:00:57.02 – 00:01:21.46 

 So we just didn’t have that quite the same energy that we typically have in the B J C When we’re facing our bigger Big 10 opponents So you know Penn State kind of got punched in the mouth start off this game and Canisius did a really good job of taking away the three point shot for Penn State early in this contest Penn State only had 93 point attempts early in this game

Vince:

00:01:21.91 – 00:01:44.9 

 Um however that that that did change over the course of the game about halfway through the first half Penn State did start to wake up quite a bit Uh they started playing their game they started knocking down some shots moving the ball better Um coach Raspberry was rotating a lot of bodies there were 12 guys who played in the first half and got a lot of minutes

Vince:

00:01:45.74 – 00:01:51.83 

 However um it was not all sunshine and rainbows Uh

Vince:

00:01:52.6 – 00:02:22.23 

 it took 2 6.5 minutes to get the lead here in this game and Penn State only had 42 to 36 lead at the half So the first half was not great for the Nittany Lions and late in this first half um we got some really devastating news Uh we just saw Seth lundy uh when he was going for a layup he fell down really bad on his ankle The injury looked really bad

Vince:

00:02:22.48 – 00:02:34.26 

 He laid on the ground He he didn’t even try to get up and and this is this is a tough guy Seth lundy is one of the toughest basketball players on this team And the fact that

Vince:

00:02:35.11 – 00:03:04.96 

 He didn’t even get up and start walking around was really alarming to me because I’ve seen him play games in the past where I’m worried that you know he’s falling and like had a concussion or almost landed in the head neck area and he just get he gets right back up He he’s a warrior of a basketball player So that this is really alarming The referees blew the whistle after Canisius took the ball down the court and was moving moving it around for about 10 seconds

Vince:

00:03:05.32 – 00:03:20.08 

 This this is worrisome Uh Seth needed the help of two athletic trainers to get up off the ground He could not put any weight on that right ankle Uh they took a while to look at him on the table and

Vince:

00:03:20.76 – 00:03:33.64 

 coming out of halftime You did not see Seth lundy Uh he was not on the bench He did come out about four minutes into the second half he was in a

Vince:

00:03:34.54 – 00:03:37.92 

 almost it almost looked like he had a splint So there was a

Vince:

00:03:38.84 – 00:03:56.73 

 some casings on the left and right side as well as a plate on the bottom of his foot And it was wrapped around and um some of the different athletic training tape just to really immobilize that ankle So you know there is a little positive news that

Vince:

00:03:57.66 – 00:04:07.24 

 he did not have to go to the hospital but the fact that uh he was on the sideline you saw you know all those plates and splints and

Vince:

00:04:07.56 – 00:04:27.92 

 it was all wrapped up that that that does not make me feel good when we have uh go right back into Big 10 play two weeks Um Coach Shrewsberry did say positive is that since the injury did happen Now we do have two weeks until penn State plays at

Vince:

00:04:29.38 – 00:04:51.42 

 Back in big 10 play which is going to be the hardest games for the rest of the season So you know hopefully it’s nothing serious uh because Seth lundy is really important to this ball club one of the best defensive players on this team And we really saw a lot of improvement from Seth especially in the past couple of weeks offensively

Vince:

00:04:51.58 – 00:05:20.33 

 Um he he was a little bit more tentative letting his teammates get more involved letting Jalen Pickett run the show and kind of just knock down those open threes when they come However he’s really taking the initiative over the past few weeks to be more assertive in driving to the basket and when things were not going well for the team early Uh Seth lundy was kind of the one guy you looked at early in this game where he brought a lot of good energy

Vince:

00:05:20.55 – 00:05:34.68 

 Uh he was scoring buckets when no one else on the team was scoring buckets he had 10 points and six rebounds and 12 or 13 minutes of play So he had he was having a great game before he got injured

Vince:

00:05:35.74 – 00:06:03.05 

 and you know just sending our prayers up to him that he has a speedy recovery And um Penn State is going to need a lot of guys to step up in his absence because not one guys is going to be able to step up He’s such an important part of this Penn State team and he’s one of those guys that Coach Shrewsbury does not like to take off the floor So um yeah Penn State was hit really hard by injury in this game Another injury

Vince:

00:06:03.18 – 00:06:18.14 

 that I think is worth talking about is Caleb Dorsey So last game we did not see Caleb Dorsey at Illinois last weekend uh today he got the start and he played for about four minutes Um

Vince:

00:06:18.78 – 00:06:31.78 

 You know played fine looked like he was doing okay And then when he came to the bench during the under 16 time out I noticed he was over on the stationary bike um I thought he was just trying to keep warm and

Vince:

00:06:32.67 – 00:06:54.56 

 um he had one of those things wrapped around his back whether it’s the the heating pad or maybe they’re doing some stem which as an athlete that feels good that kind of gets the muscles contracting and you know gets increased blood flow and heat and activates the muscles However we did not see him for the rest of the contest So what I’m guessing

Vince:

00:06:55.09 – 00:07:23.33 

 is maybe he’s been dealing with some lower back injuries and has some tightness and maybe this was a game where you know with a lesser opponent where you know they wanted to give Caleb a go see how the back’s feeling and then if it wasn’t feeling good uh in those first four minutes just to shut down the rest of the day it looked like he tried to keep keep the back warm and hot back in But you know with this level of opponent it just was not worth it to you know to risk injury

Vince:

00:07:24.11 – 00:07:50.22 

 especially when you have a lot of other guys that are playing at such a high level like Jalen Pickett and Seth lundy and uh cabbage I had a great day today Um yeah so this is something to keep an eye out for because Caleb is one of these guys that we are going to need to step up in Seth Gandhi’s absence So I’m hoping he gets healthy hoping that’s nothing Um and that he is at full health

Vince:

00:07:51.73 – 00:08:18.3 

 So second half was a much different story in this game after the doom and gloom of the first half losing guys to injuries Uh they came out of halftime on a 22-2 run and from that point forward that the game was just over Andrew funk really came alive He was did not have a single point in the first half and he was five for five on his three point attempts it was just so fun to watch today

Vince:

00:08:18.48 – 00:08:25.71 

 Um he was hitting everything he was unconscious in that 10 minutes of the first half of the second half and

Vince:

00:08:25.89 – 00:08:55.85 

 he was playing lights out and really that it was exactly the game you wanted Andrew funk to have I also saw that funk had a nice connection with cabbage I uh something our guards did with cuBA and even Dimitri slowly bit is they did a really nice job of finding them on backdoor cuts So this created a lot of easy dunk or layup opportunities for our big man which I think this is great because when you do have three point shooters

Vince:

00:08:56.29 – 00:09:10.29 

 that are good Uh the the the other team is going to try to take that away and if they’re playing you tighter that means you have a better opportunity for backdoor cuts The penn State really took advantage of that today Got some easy dunks So that was another good thing I saw

Vince:

00:09:11.04 – 00:09:34.23 

 Another thing I really liked was Mikey hang He got some more minutes today He got 12 minutes four points to two shooting and two rebounds I really do like his game a lot and he’s a guy the more I see him the more I really really enjoy watching him play Um he has really good fundamentals He always seems to be in the right spot offensively

Vince:

00:09:34.44 – 00:09:45.24 

 Uh he can shoot the three ball really well So he he can do a lot offensively He plays hard good player Um he he isn’t quite as quick as some of some of the other guys so uh

Vince:

00:09:45.76 – 00:10:00.66 

 losing a little bit on the defensive end compared to a cabbage I um however he does kind of make up for it on the offensive end So I think he’s a guy that might be getting some more minutes with Seth lundy uh having this injury and

Vince:

00:10:01.19 – 00:10:05.25 

 I think we are going to probably be without him for at least two weeks and

Vince:

00:10:05.77 – 00:10:34.99 

 we’re gonna have to find a way to win some basketball games coming up thursday against a really good quinnipiac squad they’re nine and three on the season and all their losses have been close Delaware State won’t be quite as tough on the 29th Uh That’s another to win team kind of like we face today So that won’t be quite as bad But once january it’s New Year’s Day We got the high Iowa hot guys come into town and they are one of one of the better teams in the big 10

Vince:

00:10:35.23 – 00:10:51.58 

 Uh There’s not many teams in the big 10 where you feel clearly confident and you would want to place a bet on one team beating another just because it is such a stacked conference top to bottom So there’s a lot of stuff we got going on today

Vince:

00:10:52.31 – 00:11:14.555 

 and then the last 10 minutes Uh it was really the freshman show and I saw a lot of good things Kanye Claire had a really nice day He hit some tough shots really showed that he can be a primary ball handler So next year when we’re not going to have Jalen Pickett he’s a guy I could definitely see earning some more minutes since he

Vince:

00:11:14.565 – 00:11:43.34 

 Does do such such a good job of taking care of the basketball and Penn State really did that well today Coach Shrewsberry said this was a team that was creating turnovers on 20% of their defensive possessions and Penn State only had three today So they won the turnover battle 3-13 and if you’re only turning the ball over three times you’re going to win a lot of basketball games uh turnovers are especially important in the big 10

Vince:

00:11:43.75 – 00:11:46.14 

 Um second half we

Vince:

00:11:46.72 – 00:12:03.9 

 We moved the ball a lot better and for the game we finished with 22 assists Uh we had six steals So they did really well defensively as well and they really ratcheted up the intensity which is what you want to see from one state when they play an inferior opponent

Vince:

00:12:04.91 – 00:12:34.24 

 Uh some of the things I liked Evan Mahaffey had a nice day He did a little bit more offensively He had six points was three or five from the field Um Kevin had a good day eight points and eight rebounds started off a little bit slow in the first half He he didn’t finish around the rim a couple of times but in that second half when we had you know lundy out with the injury he you know he took care of business Miles Dredd had a good shooting day He was two or three from three

Vince:

00:12:34.25 – 00:12:59.67 

 down lane johnson was one or two from the field and hit a really nice three today So this was this was overall a really good day Jameel Brown is someone I’ve been wanting to see a little bit more of he was two or four from the field His shot looks really fluid He looks like he knows where to go offensively and Coach Rose mentioned at his end of game post conference that

Vince:

00:13:00.06 – 00:13:16.88 

 um it’s a little bit on him that the freshmen are behind a little bit defensively and that’s where they have had some struggles since with the freshman he’s really focused on their offensive development in the off season and the defense is kind of something where the freshman need to catch up on

Vince:

00:13:17.7 – 00:13:32.68 

 But Jamil looks really good He has a little bit of drive to his game Uh nice shooting form from downtown So he’s got I really look forward to seeing him get more minutes as he becomes more of a veteran presence at Penn State

Vince:

00:13:33.4 – 00:13:54.45 

 Yeah so this was a really fun day um outside of the cephalon the injury that definitely gives me a really high levels of concern especially since Penn State does not have a lot of depth That is not the strength of this basketball team We are not at the point where um we’re like a

Vince:

00:13:54.76 – 00:14:19.19 

 a duke or north Carolina or a Kansas where you know someone goes down with the injury and the second string guys is just as good We we have a lot of drop off from Seth lundy to our next guy So you know this is definitely going to be dangerous especially if this injury last more than two weeks So you know wishing Seth lundy the best we hope he can get back on the court soon

Vince:

00:14:20.27 – 00:14:49.79 

 So all in all this game did end up being a blowout 97 to 67 Penn state was just under that 100 point mark It was a really good shooting day Once they got things going for the 90 lines they had their highest field goal percentage of the season 58% from the field and 59% from downtown They finished with 13 and 22 from the three point line So really great performance from this team and

Vince:

00:14:50.17 – 00:15:14.05 

 you know really was not much to complain about Once they got things going you can look at the free throws there were only four for 8 50% is not very good So hopefully that gets cleaned up especially as we get into some more competitive games um rebounds we got out rebounded today 34 to 33 So this is not a

Vince:

00:15:15.23 – 00:15:20.2 

 did not have anything special in terms of size So there’s really no reason for them to

Vince:

00:15:20.73 – 00:15:46.22 

 Really manhandle us on the glass or you know out rebound us So hopefully that’s something that gets improved as well But all in all really good day for the lines and uh we saw a lot of good things I’m really happy that Jalen Pickett didn’t have as many minutes tonight He only had 27 which is a lot less than his normal workload And then all the other players had 21 minutes or less So

Vince:

00:15:46.51 – 00:16:11.11 

 um it was nice that we could see some other guys getting involved and those freshmen getting some crucial minutes towards their development because games are much different in practice and it is much more difficult to you know perform in a game situation as opposed to a practice So all in all good good game for the knitting lines I think it’s time to move on to some player awards

Vince:

00:16:11.98 – 00:16:28.41 

 From my fidelity fighter I have to go with Seth lundy He was playing really great before the injury in 12 minutes he had 10.6 rebalance was four of seven from the field to four from three and he really

Vince:

00:16:29.05 – 00:16:39.76 

 um stop things from getting really ugly early on in the game when things were not going well for penn state So he had a great game here in my Fidelity Fighter

Vince:

00:16:40.48 – 00:17:07.17 

 the bird brawler I have to award that to Andrew funk He was o of one in the first half wasn’t really getting involved but that second half he lit it up he was five of five from the field Yeah he was unconscious and just in the groove every shot he took his feet were planted he was balanced and you just knew it was going in that that without a doubt Um so

Vince:

00:17:07.36 – 00:17:34.87 

 he really stepped up he had a couple of nice passes to kevin guy for a couple assists as well So that that really helped the team and I was really happy that in the second half they got kept going I feel like he’s the guy that the more they build up his confidence the better he’s going to do on a week to week basis especially being so young as a freshman So really happy they got him going because we’re gonna need him especially if we have an absence of Seth lundy

Vince:

00:17:36.68 – 00:17:46.95 

 and then for our Mahoney Mauler I’m gonna word this to Mikey Hen and he’s 1/6 or seventh year senior and

Vince:

00:17:47.61 – 00:18:08.14 

 uh he he has been patient this year he’s only gotten a couple of garbage time minutes or a minute here and there and in a competitive games So he’s been patient has waited his turn he has taken advantage of most of his opportunities that will come to him He’s

Vince:

00:18:08.33 – 00:18:35.13 

 shot really really effectively and has been really efficient on offense He shoots the three well has a nice up and under move just seems the end in the right spot So I was really happy with his performance today There are a lot of guys demetrios lily Um he was two of two from the field for four points That’s something you love to see from your freshman He just you know took one of these Canisius guys to the weight room He was

Vince:

00:18:35.56 – 00:18:45.13 

 uh just backing him down like Shaquille O’neal and you know moving him to the pain and getting an easy layup and yeah he’s a strong dude and

Vince:

00:18:45.81 – 00:18:53.78 

 I I really look forward to seeing how he develops uh these freshmen couple years down the road they’re going to be doing some big things for Penn State

Vince:

00:18:56.03 – 00:19:22.52 

 Um Our next game is on thursday We will be playing the um Quinnipiac bobcats on thursday This will be a night game it’ll be at 8:30 p.m. In the B J C So if you’re in the state college area definitely get out check out the game before you go away on your holiday It should be a great time I think this one is going to be really competitive game Quinnipiac

Vince:

00:19:22.84 – 00:19:36.73 

 is is a team that has gotten better Uh They’ve had a lot of close games a couple of close losses Uh They lost to Hofstra by two and they lost to Niagara by four They lost to

Vince:

00:19:37.32 – 00:19:42.45 

 ST Peter’s today who who was a little bit of

Vince:

00:19:43.08 – 00:20:08.25 

 you know a favorite being a sweet 16 or actually an elite eight team last year as the 15 seed for the Peacocks So you know this is a team that Penn State should not take lightly or they will find themselves in a dog fight This is a solid squad that is to be reckoned with and they might be coming out of their conference trying to buy for a N C Double a tournament bid

Vince:

00:20:08.58 – 00:20:36.45 

 Uh They’ve had a couple nice wins including a win over Stephen F Austin which is a team that we see in the tournament almost every single year So this is definitely not a game where Penn State fans should just have the tv turned off and not be paying attention This will be an entertaining game and I think it’s gonna be you know challenging game I I do think Penn State is just going to win because they are the more talented team

Vince:

00:20:37.28 – 00:21:02.83 

 and for my final score I think it is going to be a 78 to 69 I think it will be a nine point win for Penn State Um I think it’s going to be a game where you know or kind of living and dying with Jalen Pickett and relying on him to get to the paint and create four or three point shooters just like he’s done all season

Vince:

00:21:03.05 – 00:21:15.46 

 So I’m really hoping that Myles dread has a big day in the absence of Seth lundy Um need Andrew Funk did a lot of threes It’d be nice if darian johnson gets going from downtown off the bench Um

Vince:

00:21:16.1 – 00:21:26.74 

 really could use some big dunks from a lot of the freshman like Evan hey fee and cabbage I love to get him going again Like he was today and

Vince:

00:21:27.34 – 00:21:40.79 

 for my communion prediction I’m gonna I’m gonna roll with Kappa I really like the confidence that I saw from him today and I’m gonna say that has his first double double for the Nittany Lions

Vince:

00:21:43.32 – 00:22:12.15 

 So many Lions fans on all today A lot of positives especially from the young guys a little bit of the negative with the injuries But um Coach Shrewsbury said his goal is for the program to be kind of like the san Antonio san Antonio spurs when they were winning their championships in the N B A Uh he was telling his players hey we got to pick up the standard especially early in the season when the freshmen were kind of

Vince:

00:22:12.47 – 00:22:36.38 

 giving away a little bit of that lead at the end of these games that were below outs And you know coach Cruz has said hey we gotta lift up our game Um just like the spurs when the next guys in there cannot be a drop off So that that’s the goal for coach screws and what he wants his players to do and the mindset he wants them to have Hopefully they do get better from week to week I I do hope that

Vince:

00:22:36.6 – 00:23:05.26 

 you know since Seth lundy is out I hope that everyone in the program up their game a little bit and and does a little bit of what they do better We don’t need cabbage I to be uh shooting threes we don’t need miles Dredd to be driving to the pain all the time They just have to do a little bit extra of what they do well So instead of miles Dredd shooting uh three or 43 is a game We might need him to shoot five or six Uh instead of cuba

Vince:

00:23:05.67 – 00:23:18.57 

 Shooting six shots like he did today maybe we need him to be closer to 10 in the paint so everyone needs to step up a little bit and if everyone takes care of their business this will be a good win for Penn State

Vince:

00:23:20.2 – 00:23:45.93 

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