Penn State falls to Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana got 17 points from Jared Jeffries and 12 points from Tom Coverdale, as it rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to defeat Penn State, 61-54, on Saturday night.
It was the Hoosiers’ 10th straight win over the Nittany Lions (4-9, 0-2 Big Ten Conference).
Indiana (9-5, 2-0) won despite making a season-low 14 field goals. The difference was free-throw shooting. The Hoosiers made 32 of 38 from the line, and free throws accounted for 21 of their final 25 points over the last 13:07.
For a while, though, it looked as if the Hoosiers winning streak might be in jeopardy.
After Indiana scored the game’s first basket, Penn State went on a 12-0 run to take control. It extended the lead to 14 points before Indiana used its own 12-0 run to close to within 24-20 late in the first half.
But the Nittany Lions got a long 3-pointer from Sharif Chambliss at the buzzer and opened the second half with another long 3-pointer, this time from Tyler Smith, as they rebuilt a 35-26 lead. Chambliss led Penn State with 20 points.
Indiana charged back with a 12-3 run to tie the score at 38-38 midway through the second half, but the Hoosiers failed to take the lead until Jeff Newton hit his third straight free throw with 5:49 to go.
Indiana maintained control the rest of the night, as it allowed just three Penn State baskets in the final 6:59.
Brandon Watkins added 15 points for the Nittany Lions.