Indiana lost to Penn State by a final score of 64-49 on Wednesday night.
The three keys to the game, highlights and final stats are below.
Indiana (15-6, 5-5) travels to Ohio State next to face the Buckeyes at noon on Saturday in Columbus.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. A second half road meltdown. Indiana was abysmal on the offensive end of the floor in the second half. The Hoosiers shot just 9-of-28 from the field (32.1 percent) and committed 12 turnovers with just 4 assists. One of the top teams in the country at getting to the foul line, IU had only two free throw attempts after the break. After being tied at halftime, Indiana’s offensive futility after the break led to a 36-21 second half margin for PSU.
2. A rough night for the guards. You aren’t going to win many games on the road when your guards shoot 3-of-26 from the field, but that is exactly what happened at Penn State on Wednesday night. Rob Phinisee (0-of-6), Devonte Green (2-of-10), Armaan Franklin (0-of-3) and Al Durham (1-of-7) could get absolutely nothing going from the field.
3. Hoosier offensive strengths fade. Indiana had back-to-back season low turnover performances against Michigan State and Maryland last week, but miscues have been a different story on the road. IU coughed it up 18 times, with 15 of those mistakes coming from Penn State steals. To compound matters on the offensive end, the Hoosiers only attempted 10 free throws on the night. Indiana is one of the top teams in the country at getting to the line, averaging around 25 attempts per game. IU was obviously nowhere near that number, which took away another scoring option on a night when points were hard to come by. One of the top offensive rebounding teams, IU had 11 for the game but generated just 8 second chance points.
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