BLOOMINGTON — Indiana lost to Penn State Saturday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall by a final score of 85-71.
The Hoosiers led at halftime 41-37. They were led in the game by Kel’el Ware with 25 points.
The three keys to the game, highlights and final stats are below.
Indiana (13-9, 5-6) will next travel to Ohio State for a Tuesday evening matchup.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Inability to guard the arc. Penn State came into the game with an unimpressive resume as a perimeter shooting team. But without Xavier Johnson, IU struggled to guard the arc. The Nittany Lions made 12-of-22 from long range. The 12 makes were a season high. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers were just 5-of-19 from deep, creating a massive gap from three. The PSU guards moved comfortably with the ball and got downhill as well. They had 17 assists against just six turnovers.
2. Guard production lacking. It’s been a recurring theme, and once again Indiana’s backcourt didn’t deliver nearly enough on Saturday afternoon. IU got 17 points from guards, but six of those came in the final two minutes when the game was well out of hand. Indiana guards shot just 2-of-10 from three. As a team, IU had as many turnovers (13) as assists.
3. Bench delivers nothing. IU didn’t get a point from the bench until the 2:13 mark of the second half. They were outscored 18-3 by the Penn State bench. Anthony Leal and Anthony Walker both went scoreless, and C.J. Gunn scored in the game’s final minutes.
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