CHICAGO — Penn State defeated Indiana by a final score of 77-73 at United Center on Saturday afternoon in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
Penn State led at halftime 34-26. Indiana was led in the game by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists — all team highs. Tamar Bates added 14 points.
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THREE KEYS TO THE GAME (will be expanded)
1. Indiana gets nothing on the perimeter. The Hoosiers made just 2-of-14 from 3-point range. Their four primary perimeter players — Jalen Hood-Schifino, Miller Kopp, Trey Galloway and Tamar Bates were 3-of-17 from the field in the first half as IU dug an early hole. Meanwhile Penn State made eight threes including a 5-of-9 start, further contributing to a slow start.
2. A Pickett fence IU couldn’t get past. Penn State’s first team All-Big Ten guard Jalen Pickett showed why he earned those honors on Saturday. With his ability to play the back down game, the 6-foot-4 Pickett was a riddle IU couldn’t solve. With Indiana worried about shooters surrounding him, Pickett scored 28 points and added eight rebounds and four assists with just one turnover.
3. Penn State hits the offensive glass, wins battle on the boards. The Nittany Lions came into the game No. 363 in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage, but had nine offensive rebounds for 12 second chance points. They won the overall rebounding margin 38-30.
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