Men's Hoops Game Blog - FINAL: Iowa 76, Penn State 67

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IOWA CITY, Iowa. - Welcome to live in-game coverage of the Nittany Lion basketball team.

Take a look back at Penn State's 76-67 setback to Iowa on Thursday night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Starting Lineups:
Penn State -
G - Marshall, G - Newbill, G - Colella, F - Taylor, F - Borovnjak
Iowa - G - Gesell, F - Basabe, F - Marble, F - White, C - Woodbury

15:29 1st Half - Penn State 10, Iowa 3
The Nittany Lions could not have asked for a better start in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  Brandon Taylor knocked down a 3-pointer on Penn State's first possession, which fueled a 4-for-6 shooting start for the Blue and White.  Taylor also knocked down a turnaround jumper before the media timeout to put the Lions up 10-3 heading into the break.  Iowa is just 1-for-4 to start the game, and the Hawkeyes have four turnovers.  Thus far, Iowa's full court press has not been an issue for the Lions.

11:38 1st Half - Penn State 10, Iowa 10
The Hawkeyes took advantage of three Nittany Lion turnovers and turned transition opportunities into a 7-0 scoring run.  After a superb start on the offensive end of the floor, the Nittany Lions went nearly three minutes of game time without a point heading into the timeout.  Meanwhile, Iowa forward Aaron White scored seven-straight points to knot the game at 10-10.  Penn State can ill afford to turn the ball over against a team like Iowa that wants to push the ball on every possession.

7:14 1st Half - Iowa 19, Penn State 15
Iowa's scoring run stretched to 14-0 after a 3-pointer from Josh Oglesby.  Penn State went 4:40 without a point before a 3-pointer from Jermaine Marshall snapped the dry spell.  Despite the big surge from the Hawkeyes, Penn State has done a nice job battling back to keep the margin at four heading into the media timeout.  After the 4-for-6 start, the Lions went just 2-for-10.  Iowa has forced seven steals and scored eight points off of turnovers.

2:57 1st Half - Iowa 26, Penn State 19
Iowa led by as much as nine (24-15), but the Nittany Lions trimmed the deficit to within five after two free throws from Nick Colella and a basket from D.J. Newbill.  Iowa answered in the form of a turnaround jumper from center Adam Woodbury in the paint to set the scoring margin at seven.  Since the hot start, the Lions are just 3-for-15 from the field in the first half.

Halftime - Iowa 34, Penn State 26
Despite 12 turnovers, the Nittany Lions trailed Iowa by just eight at halftime.  The Nittany Lions started the game 4-for-6 from the field, but finished 5-for-21 for a 35 percent shooting half.  Iowa won the battle on the glass, 21-15, which included seven offensive rebounds.  The Hawkeyes notched nine second-chance points to zero from the Nittany Lions.  Given the circumstances, the Lions were fortunate to be down just eight at the break, but they must do a better job taking care of the basketball in the second half.  White led Iowa with 14 points in the first 20 minutes.  The Hawkeyes shot 39 percent in the first half.

15:39 2nd Half - Iowa 41, Penn State 36
Iowa opened the second half scoring with a Roy Devyn Marble basket, but the Lions answered with a much-needed spurt on the offensive end of the floor.  Like he did to open the game, Taylor triggered an 8-0 scoring spurt for the Nittany Lions to close the gap on the scoreboard to just three, 37-34.  A Newbill old-fashioned three-point play capped off the run.  Iowa came back with two Melsahn Basabe free throws, but Sasa Borovnjak notched a put-back to make it, 39-36.  Two more Basabe free throws pushed the Iowa lead back up to five.

11:32 2nd Half - Iowa 54, Penn State 41
After the Lions trimmed the margin down to three, Iowa rattled off 12 of the game's next 14 points to take its largest lead of the night at 52-38.  The start of the second half was a mirror image of the opening 20 minutes.  The Nittany Lions started strong, but went dry on the offensive end of the floor at an inopportune time.  The drought resulted in a surge from Iowa, and the Hawkeyes took control of the game, but there is a lot of basketball to be played.

7:32 2nd Half - Iowa 58, Penn State 47
After trailing by as much as 15, the Nittany Lions cut the Hawkeye lead down to single digits with two free throws from Jon Graham, a three-point play form Marshall and two foul shots from Ross Travis.  Iowa answered with a foul line jumper from Eric May to push the Hawkeye lead back up to 11.  Penn State knocked down 10 of its 12 free throw attempts, but Iowa is 22-for-26 at the foul line.

3:54 2nd Half - Iowa 66, Penn State 54
The Nittany Lions used a 5-0 scoring run, which was capped by a three from Nick Colella, to cut Iowa's lead down to 10.  At the other end of the floor, Penn State got the stop it was looking for, but Marshall was unable to convert on a contest layup.  At the other end of the floor, May tallied a lay-in and was fouled to put the margin back up at 12.  Penn State had some momentum on the offensive end of the floor, but the May bucket was a big one for Iowa.

FINAL - Iowa 76, Penn State 67
The Nittany Lions started both halves in the manner that they needed two, but they did not mount 40 minutes of consistency in their ninth-straight loss during Big Ten play.  Penn State led by as much as seven in the opening 3:24 before a 14-0 scoring run put the Hawkeyes on top.  Despite being down 11 early in the second half, the Lions mounted a charge to close within eight, but the Hawkeyes took full advantage of a huge night at the foul line.  The Hawkeyes ended the night with 31 made foul shots on 39 attempts.  The Lions shot a stellar 14-for-16 at the line, but the Hawkeyes were plus-17 in points at the charity stripe.  Additionally, the Lions committed 18 turnovers, including 12 in the first half.  White played a superb game for Iowa, finishing with 27 points.

Head coach Patrick Chambers told the media after the game that he was pleased with the way the way Penn State approached Thursday night's road game.  The Lions continued to improve inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  No matter what the final scores read or what the Lions' record is in the Big Ten, Penn State is improving.  Consistency on both ends of the floor hindered the Lions, but the young team took another step forward with its best road outing of the season.  Penn State returns home on Tuesday for a date with Purdue.


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Pregame Keys:
Penn State practiced in Carver-Hawkeye on Wednesday night, in addition to its gameday shootaround on Thursday morning.  Taking care of the basketball and making shots are two huge keys for the Nittany Lions when they meet the Hawkeyes.  Recently, the Lions have played better basketball than the final scores have indicated, especially on the defensive end of the floor.  GoPSUsports.com caught up with head coach Patrick Chambers for a couple quick remarks leading up to Thursday's tip.  Take a look.




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