Penn State Basketball suffers their first loss of the season in the Charleston Classic

Well, it had to happen sooner or later, but the Penn State men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday. Penn State fought back in the second half against Virginia Tech in the second round of Friday afternoon’s Shiners Children’s Charleston Classic but couldn’t quite pull itself out of the hole it dug before halftime. Penn State lost to the Hokies 61-59.

Virginia Tech passed Penn State from the start of the game and built a 16-point lead, giving the Nittany Lions their first real dose of adversity early in the season. The rally was led by Andrew Funk, who led by 21 points, and five threes by Myles Dread. After their 20-point efforts in the tournament’s opening game, Jalen Pickett and Seth Lundy were limited by the Virginia Tech defense to just 13 combined points.

The Hokies had an even score from their five starters, with four starters scoring in double digits. Grant Basile led the effort with 17 points in just 26 minutes for the Hokies.

Penn State is now playing the third place game of the Charleston Classic on Sunday night. The Nittany Lions take on Colorado State. The Rams defeated South Carolina in the tournament’s opening game but lost to host school Charleston on Friday. Charleston meets Virginia Tech for the tournament championship on Sunday afternoon.

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