Indiana defeated Penn State by a final score of 87-85 in overtime on Wednesday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers had five players in double figures led by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 21 points.
Below are the three keys to the game, highlights and expanded stats.
Indiana will return to action on Jan. 4 when they host Maryland at 8 p.m. in Bloomington.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. A balanced attack helps overcome PSU runs. Indiana had five players in double figures on the night. Joining Jackson-Davis was Rob Phinisee, who hit the game winning shot in overtime with a jump shot in the lane with :13 second left. He finished with 11. Al Durham had 12 first half points and finished with 18. Armaan Franklin had 16 on the night and was 5-of-5 from the stripe. Trey Galloway had 10 points and 5 assists.
Indiana pulled out to 12 and 9 point leads in the second half, but PSU kept battling back with four of their own in double figures. IU’s ability to be versatile and get contributions from multiple players helped them produce the response each time.
2. An efficient offensive night. Indiana scored 1.23 points per possession while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. The Hoosiers had 13 turnovers against Penn State’s pressure defense, but only 6 in the second half plus overtime. IU only took 19 three-pointers, choosing to attack PSU off the dribble drive and via post feeds. Indiana had 50 points in the paint to Penn State’s 28, and the Hoosiers assisted on 15 of 32 field goals.
3. Defense can’t get stops. The Hoosiers needed the strong offensive effort, because they were struggling on the other end. PSU shot 48 percent overall including 12 makes from behind the arc. Penn State had 1.13 points per possession as IU struggled to stay in front of the ball and get back in transition. Phinisee made several key defensive plays late however to help seal the win.
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