Down Goes Sparty

The Nittany Lions men's basketball team pulled off a stunning 85-76 victory of Michigan State in 2008.

Live shot from PSU Michigan State 2008 basketball game photo by Penn State Athletics

crowd shot after Penn State's 2008 upset of Michigan State basketball photo by Penn State Athletics

The men’s basketball team was mired in a six-game losing streak and had recently lost its best player, forward Geary Claxton ’08 H&HD, to injury when No. 7 Michigan State came to town on Groundhog Day in 2008. The Nittany Lions responded by pulling off a stunning 85-76 victory in the Bryce Jordan Center. Stanley Pringle ’09 Lib scored 19 points and Talor Battle ’11 H&HD added 17 as Penn State picked up its first home win over a ranked opponent in seven years. The Nittany Lions enjoyed a 34-14 advantage in made free throws and scored their final 20 points at the line. “This feels like a million dollars,” Battle told reporters after the game. “It’s one of those things that you can talk about forever.”