Indiana defeated No. 9 Penn State by a final score of 68-60 on Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
The three keys, highlights and final stats from the game are below. IU (18-9, 8-8) will play at Purdue on Thursday night at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. First half and late game defensive effort. IU only forced seven Penn State turnovers in the first meeting three weeks ago, but the Nittany Lions already had nine miscues by halftime in this one and ended the game with 15. Indiana held Penn State to 35 percent shooting before halftime, and after the Nittany Lions came out of the break hot for the first eight minutes, Indiana was able to buckle down and hold PSU to just 12 points over the last 12 minutes
2. Indiana survives Penn State run. The Hoosiers took a 37-24 lead into halftime but quickly fell behind 48-42 with 12:17 to go in the game. This was a moment where IU has not been able to respond at times this year, but Indiana outscored Penn State 26-12 the rest of the way. Indiana has won three of four and appears to have found better mental toughness over the last two weeks.
3. The bench provides a spark again. Whether it was Devonte Green’s three-pointers, Race Thompson’s rebounding and physical play, or a timely shot from Jerome Hunter when Penn State took a six point lead, Indiana’s bench was better than Penn State’s on Sunday. The IU bench outscored the Nittany Lions 25-12, and fueled several big runs for Indiana.
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