Men's Hoops Game Blog - FINAL: #5 Indiana 74, Penn State 51

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live in-game coverage of the Nittany Lion basketball team.

Take a look back at the running blog from Penn State's 74-51 setback to No. 5 Indiana on Monday night in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Starting Lineups:
Penn State - G - Marshall, G - Newbill, F - Travis, F - Taylor, F - Borovnjak
#5 Indiana - G - Ferrell, G - Hulls, G - Oladipo, F - Watford, F - Zeller


15:39 1st Half - #5 Indiana 10, Penn State 3
Thanks to eight quick tallies from Christian Watford, the Hoosiers lead the Lions by seven at the first media timeout.  Indiana has lived up to its red-hot season shooting numbers in the early minutes, hitting four of its first seven shots.  Penn State has been able to get good looks on offense, including a missed dunk, but the Lions are just 1-for-5 to start the game.

11:14 1st Half - #5 Indiana 24, Penn State 8
The Nittany Lions are 3-for-12 from the field to start the game.  Indiana is a blistering 8-for-13.  The result is a 16-point disparity on the scoreboard.  The game is being played at a tempo Indiana likes.  Additionally, the Hoosiers have started trapping the Nittany Lions 94 feet away from the basket, making life difficult for Jermaine Marshall and D.J. Newbill to bring the ball up the floor.

7:59 1st Half - #5 Indiana 31, Penn State 15
The Nittany Lions headed into the media timeout with some momentum after a lay-in from Newbill.  He will head to the foul line after the break looking for a three-point play to cut Indiana's lead down to 15.  The Lions need to do a better job defending the arc.  Indiana is 5-for-9 from 3-point range in the early going.  Penn State's ability to get stops will prevent IU from getting lined up in its press, and it will help generate some offense on the other end of the floor.

3:19 1st Half - #5 Indiana 41, Penn State 25
The Nittany Lions closed to within 12 (31-19), but the Hoosiers answered with an 8-2 scoring spurt to go back on top by 18 tallies.  Penn State is playing hard and rebounding well, but the shots are not falling.  The Lions are shooting just 33 percent from the field, while Indiana is shooting 57 percent from the field and 60 percent from three.  Jermaine Marshall leads the Lions with nine points on 4-for-6 shooting.

Halftime - #5 Indiana 44, Penn State 27
The Nittany Lions competed well from start to finish in the first half, but could not get the ball to go through the basket when they needed to.  Penn State out-rebounded Indiana, 19-17, in the opening 20 minutes.  The Hoosiers shot 52 percent from the field and 55 percent from beyond the arc.  Christian Watford (13) and Jordan Hulls (10) led the way for Indiana on the offensive end of the floor.  Penn State managed just 34 percent shooting.  Marshall finished with nine points, while Ross Travis added seven tallies.  Again, Penn State played hard, but against a potent offensive team like IU, the Lions will need to shoot much better in the second half to climb back into the game.

15:59 2nd Half - #5 Indiana 45, Penn State 29
Both teams got off to a very sloppy start to the second half, exchanging four turnovers apiece before Travis knocked down a jumper to pull the Lions within 15.  Cody Zeller answered with a free throw to make it a 16-point game.  The Lions had several chances to cut into the lead, but the turnovers on the offensive end of the floor kept the game right where it was at the end of the first half.

10:43 2nd Half - #5 Indiana 54, Penn State 35
The Nittany Lions managed to hold Indiana without a field goal for 6:27 to start the second half, but were not able to carve into the Indiana lead.  The Hoosiers scored four times at the foul line, but the Lions could not find much flow on the offensive end of the floor.  Penn State is still shooting 33 percent from the field, while Indiana is north of 50 percent from floor and 46 percent from beyond the arc.  The teams have combined for 15 turnovers in the first nine minutes.

3:19 2nd Half - #5 Indiana 68, Penn State 49
The Lions have played Indiana tough in the second half, but untimely turnovers and cold shooting had the scoring disparity at 19 heading into the final media timeout.  Since the break, the score has been 24-22 in favor of Indiana.  Penn State has gotten a nice spark from freshman Donovan Jack off the bench.  The Reading native has scored five points and tallied a rebound in the second half.

FINAL - #5 Indiana 74, Penn State 51
The Nittany Lions led just once on Monday night in the Bryce Jordan Center during a virtually wire-to-wire victory for the fifth-ranked Indiana Hoosiers.  The Nittany Lions shot just 32 percent from the field and 28 percent from the three-point arc, while Indiana managed 52 percent shooting from the floor and 50 percent from the 3-point line.  Ross Travis led the Nittany Lions with 14 points and five rebounds.  Jermaine Marshall chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.  Christian Watford paced four Indiana players in double digits with 16 points and eight rebounds.

"When you play a team like Indiana and you get some turnovers, you have to produce points," Chambers said.

Despite the final score, the Nittany Lions will take away some positives on Monday night.  Penn State out-rebounded Indiana, 35-33.  Additionally, the Lions held the high-powered Hoosiers nearly 14 points below their season average.  The Nittany Lions visited the foul line 11 times, compared to 34 from the Hoosiers.  It is virtually impossible to beat a team with Indiana's talent level while shooting 32 percent and committing 19 turnovers, but the Lions will grow from Monday's experience.

"Our guys played hard...They competed.  The ball didn't go down for us," Chambers said.  "Let's give them credit, but it was one of those nights where the ball didn't go through the hoop."

Penn State has a big week remaining with three days between now and Thursday's clash against Northwestern in the BJC.  The Lions head to Purdue on Sunday.


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Chambers' Keys to the Game:
Talking with head coach Patrick Chambers prior to tonight's game, here are his five keys to the game:
- Limit Indiana's extra possessions
- Take care of the basketball
- Play Hard
- Get Indiana out of its rhythm as much as possible
- Make Shots

Final Pregame Word
Indiana's outstanding offensive numbers speak for themselves, but the Nittany Lions need to focus on play extremely hard on the defensive end of the floor, rebounding and making shots.  The Lions are shooting 46 percent from the field during their five-game winning streak in the Jordan Center.  That trend needs to continue on Monday night for the Lions to be in a position to win.  Indiana enters the game averaging a nation-best 87.9 points per game.  Defending the 3-point arc is essential for the Nittany Lions.  Additionally, containing dribble penetration from point guards Yogi Ferrell and Jordan Hulls will play a big role in Penn State's ability to guard the arc.  IU is shooting 41 percent from 3-point range for the season.  Stay tuned for updates at each media timeout throughout the game.




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