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 three-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 three-pointer the other way and Dread was swarmed by his teammates who snapped a two-game losing streak.
"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 the Nittany Lions 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.
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.
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MSU Mankato 71, Bemidji St. 61: Kevin Krieger scored 20 points as the Mavericks beat the Beavers.
Winona St. 88, Minn.-Crookston 57: Alec Rosner and Caleb Wagner scored 16 points apiece as the Warriors defeated the Golden Eagles.
MSU Moorhead 69, Wayne St. 65: Gavin Baumgartner scored 21 points to lift the Dragons over the Wildcats.
Northern St. 79, SW Minnesota St. 67: Mason Stark scored 27 points as the Wolves beat the Mustangs.
Augustana 75, St. Cloud State 67: Five Vikings scored in double figures to spark the victory over the Huskies.
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