UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – The Penn State men’s basketball team kicks off a three-game Thanksgiving week with a Monday night home game against the undefeated Cornell. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from the Bryce Jordan Center and the game will be broadcast nationally on Big Ten Network. Penn State Men’s Basketball Season is presented by Highmark Health.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Basketball game day parking
Stadium West, Jordan East, Porter North – Basketball parking plan
- No charge with a valid Penn State parking permit
- $ 5.50 prepaid via ParkMobile (season passes available for each team for $ 5 per game) – https://psu.parkmobile.io/bryce-jordan-center
- $ 10 the day of the event without valid permit or prepayment
- Higher rates may apply when athletic events coincide with non-sporting events at Bryce Jordan Center and Pegula Ice Arena. Prices vary and will be announced before each event.
ParkMobile prepayment availability ends at 11:59 p.m. the day before each event. Events will no longer be selectable on site after this time, and payment must then be made on site upon arrival to the event parking staff (cash only). Parking at $ 1 per hour will also be available on the East Bridge for most games. Parking for non-football related events is managed by Penn State Transportation Services. For more information on parking for this event, please email [email protected] or call 814-865-1436.
Penn State Athletics has converted all tickets for the 2021-22 seasons to mobile tickets. As was the case in the 2019-2020 season, PDF tickets printed at home will no longer be issued or accepted for entry to Bryce Jordan Center. Fans can access the Penn State Athletics Mobile Ticket Guide at GoPSUsports.com/mobiletickets.
Bryce Jordan Center Bag Policy
The Bryce Jordan Center has an updated sack policy in place for all events, including the 2021-22 men’s basketball season. Fans attending events at Bryce Jordan Center will not be permitted to bring large bags, backpacks, bags and coolers into the facility. Small purses and wallets, clear bags or (1) a gallon, plastic zip lock bags can be carried around the arena. Limit of one bag per guest. View full bag policy HERE.
As per University guidelines, all fans will be required to wear masks in indoor areas and venues, including the Bryce Jordan Center.
- Penn State is staying at home to kick off Thanksgiving week with a Monday night showdown against an undefeated Cornell team.
- Penn State is 2-1 in the young season with wins over St. Francis Brooklyn (74-59, Nov. 18) and Youngstown State (75-59, Nov. 10).
- Sam sessoms (18.3), Seth lundy (16.0) and John harrar (12.0) all have double-digit points average and have managed a total of 60.5% (52-86) on the field in the first three games of the season.
IF PENN STATE BAT CORNELL
- The Nittany Lions would give the Big Red their first loss of the season.
- The Nittany Lions would go 3-0 at home this season and move to 57-25 when playing at Bryce Jordan Center for the past six seasons.
- Penn State would win their fifth straight game against the Big Red.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
- The Big Red comes to town with a perfect 4-0 after scoring victories over Binghamton (76-69), Lafayette (90-85), Colgate (78-68) and Division III Wells College (107-48).
- Cornell’s 4-0 start is his first since 1961.
- Cornell is averaging 87.8 points per game in his first four games and has a balanced attacking offense with seven Big Red players averaging seven or more points per game.
- Jordan Jones leads the team with 16.0 points per game, while Chris Manon follows with 13.0 points per game.
- Kobe Dickson contributes a team record of 7.0 rebounds per game and also leads the team with 12 assists.
- Penn State is 7-5 against Cornell, including a perfect 6-0 record in the Big Red game in Happy Valley.
- The Nittany Lions have won the last four meetings and haven’t lost to Cornell since 1972.
- Penn State won the most recent game, 90-59, when Cornell traveled to Bryce Jordan Center on December 29, 2019. Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins both scored a record 19 points to lead Penn State to victory .
TWO WINS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON
- With fans returning to Bryce Jordan Center for the first time in 617 days, Peter and Ann Tombros Endowed Head Coach Micah shrew won his first career as a Division I head coach when Penn State defeated Youngstown State 75-59 in the season opener on Nov. 10.
- After a heavy road loss at UMass on Nov. 15, Penn State rebounded with a 74-59 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn on Thursday night in a clash at the Emerald Coast Classic campus site.
- The Nittany Lions kept their opponents at 59 points in the two wins. This is the first time since the 2017-18 season that Penn State has held their opponent under 60 points in two of the season’s opening three games. The 2017-18 team limited Fairleigh Dickinson and Montana to 57 points in two wins in the first three games of this campaign.
THE BIG THREE
- The trio of returning Penn State veterans John harrar, Seth lundy and Sam sessoms lead the way for the Nittany Lions in the first three games of the season.
- The returning Nittany Lions trio combined for 68.8% of Penn State’s point production (141 of 205 points) while shooting a total of 60.5% (52 of 86) from the field.
- Harrar, Lundy and Sessoms also contribute 48.2% (55 of 114) of Penn State’s rebound.
- Graduate student John harrar currently leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in Division I with 13.0 rebounds per game in the first three games.
- Harrar is averaging a double-double over the first three games of the season with 12.7 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. He leads the team with 71.4 (15-21) FG% which is tied for second in the Big Ten and 21st in the country. The Wallingford, Pa. Native has registered two double doubles so far and has posted double-digit rebounds in all three games.
- Harrar has just wrapped up a 2020-21 season that saw him win Honorable Mention All-Big Ten laurels as he led the team with 8.8 rebounds per game and a field goal percentage of 54 , 9.
INTENSIFICATION OF SESSOMS
- Senior Sam sessoms has played a bigger role this season, currently leading the team with 18.3 points per game in addition to 3.0 assists per game, which ranks second on the team.
- Sessoms released his best game in a Penn State uniform Thursday as the senior scored 26 points, a game-high, on 10 of 13 shots and a 6 of 7 clip from the charity strip. It was his 29th career game at 20 points, but first in a Penn State uniform.
- Sessoms played in a key sixth man role for the Nittany Lions last year after being transferred from a stellar two-year career to Binghamton.
- Junior Seth lundy ranks second on the team with 16.0 points per game on top of 5.3 points per game. Lundy scored his fifth career game at 20 points in the season opener against Youngstown State with 23 points, the team’s best, on 9 of 15 (60%) shots.
- Lundy shoots 53.6% (15-28) from the field, 53.8% (7-13) from the depth and 91.7% (11-12) from the charity strip in the first three games.
- He won over 30 points twice in his second season – 32 against VCU on December 2, 2020 and 31 in Maryland on March 7, 2021.
- Penn State travels to Niceville, Fla. For the Emerald Coast Classic Friday and Saturday.
- The Nittany Lions open the action against LSU Friday night at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.
- Penn State will then face Oregon State or Wake Forest at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.