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Men's Hoops Game Blog - FINAL: Iowa 74, Penn State 72

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

Take a look back at Penn State's 74-72 setback to Iowa on Thursday night in the Bryce Jordan Center.

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

15:02 1st Half - Iowa 11, Penn State 5
The Nittany Lions opened the game in emphatic fashion with designed play that resulted in an alley-oop dunk for a high-flying D.J. Newbill.  The Lions also got a 3-pointer from Nick Colella at the 17:34 mark to make it a 5-5 game.  From there, Iowa scored six-straight tallies to claim an 11-5 lead heading into the break.  Hawkeye freshman guard Mike Gesell accounted for two of the three baskets during the run.  Penn State's defense was good early, but Iowa converted late in the shot clock.

11:15 1st Half - Iowa 17, Penn State 13
Iowa's scoring run stretched to 7-0 until Newbill knocked down a foul line jumper to set the score at 12-7.  The Hawkeyes countered with a 3-pointer from Josh Oglesby and a dunk from Melsahn Basabe, which put Iowa up by 10.  Nonetheless, back-to-back threes from Newbill and Jermaine Marshall pulled the Lions within four.  Newbill has been active on both ends of the floor in the early minutes.

7:40 1st Half - Penn State 23, Iowa 21
Thanks to a blazing start from Newbill, the Nittany Lions rallied to a 16-0 scoring run and a 23-17 lead after a lay-in from Sasa Borovnjak at the 9:16 mark.  Newbill is 4-for-5 from the field for nine points.  Penn State played with great tempo during the scoring run.  Iowa came back with four-straight to make it 23-21 heading into the break.  The fans in the BJC have been treated to an exciting tempo in the first half.

3:20 1st Half - Iowa 32, Penn State 28
Following Penn State's 16-0 scoring spurt, the Lions were held without a point for the next 3:54.  During that span, Iowa scored 11-straight tallies to claim a 28-23 edge.  Newbill answered with an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 28-26 before Iowa went back up by four.  Marshall set the score at 30-28 with a steal and dunk, but Iowa's Adam Woodbury tipped in a basket to hand Iowa a four-point edge.

Half - Iowa 38, Penn State 34
Iowa entered the locker room with momentum after Aaron White knocked down a 3-pointer in the corner as the horn sounded.  It was an entertaining, run-filled first 20 minutes in the Jordan Center.  Both teams exchanged big runs in the first 10 minutes, but it was Iowa's 11-0 spurt that made the difference in the first half.  After Penn State took a 34-32 lead, Iowa scored the last six points of the half to take a four-point edge into the break.  Newbill was terrific in the first half, scoring 16 points on a blistering 7-for-9 shooting.  Marshall scored eight points in the first half.  As a team, Penn State shot 45 percent from the field.  Iowa freshman Mike Gesell led the Hawkeyes with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.  Iowa held a 24-11 edge in rebounding.  Penn State played very well on the offensive end of the floor, but the Lions will need to play better interior defense in the second half to pick up its first win of the season.

15:15 2nd Half - Iowa 48, Penn State 47
Newbill has been feeling it since he stepped onto the floor tonight.  After a 7-for-9 first half, the Lion sophomore is 2-for-3 to open the second half.  His step-back jumper at the top of the key gave him 21 points on the night, and it pulled the Nittany Lions to within one on the scoreboard at 48-47.  The Lions are shooting 50 percent from the field (19-38).

12:16 2nd Half - Iowa 57, Penn State 49
After closing to within one, the Hawkeyes nine of the next 11 points to quietly stretch the lead up to eight (57-49).  Penn State is playing its best offensive game of the Big Ten season, but the Lions have given up too many easy baskets and offensive rebounds (11).  Nonetheless, the Nittany Lions are well within striking distance with a lot of basketball yet to be played.

6:57 2nd Half - Iowa 62, Penn State 58
Iowa pushed its lead to 12 points, its largest of the night, at 61-49, but Newbill had seen enough for the Nittany Lions.  He buried a 3-pointer, giving him 24 tallies on the night, which triggered a 9-1 scoring run to make it a four-point game heading into the media timeout.  A Kevin Montminy 3-pointer capped the much-needed scoring spurt.  The walk-on guard has a career-best five points.

3:27 2nd Half - Iowa 68, Penn State 64
The Nittany Lions got as close as three (62-59) before Iowa scored four points to take a seven-point edge on the scoreboard.  A basket from Borovnjak and big corner 3-pointer from Brandon Taylor cut the Iowa lead down to just two at 66-64 with 4:08 on the clock before Marble slipped free for a two-handed dunk, which put Iowa back on top by four.  Penn State did a superb job clawing back from the 12-point deficit, but the Lions need stops on defense to get over the hump down the stretch.

FINAL: Iowa 74, Penn State 72
The Nittany Lions battled back from 12 down in the second half to put themselves in a position to score their first Big Ten win of the season, but clutch free throw shooting from Iowa down the stretch sealed a two-point win for the Lions.  Penn Stated closed to within two after a free throw from Marshall with 1:13 to play.  A missed free throw from White on the front end of a one-and-one with 30.7 seconds to go set the Nittany Lions up with a chance to tie or take the lead.  Newbill had a 3-pointer rim out, but the Lions got another stop and a second chance to tie or take the lead, but a Marshall layup did not fall.

On the ensuing Iowa possession, Marble made two free throws to put Iowa on top by four with 20.9 seconds to play.  A Newbill basket with 4.5 seconds to go made it a two-point game.  Iowa countered with one Basabe free throw.  Trailing by three with 1.5 seconds to go, Marshall made the first of two free throws.  He tried to miss the second attempt, but it went down to make it 73-72, Iowa.  The Hawkeyes added a Marble foul shot in the final second to set the final score at 74-72.

Penn State played its best game of the Big Ten season offensively, but fell short on the scoreboard.  The Lions shot 44 percent from the field and 47 percent from beyond the arc (8-17).  Newbill finished one shy of a career-high with 26 points on 11-for-20 shooting.  Newbill also dished out eight assists.  Marshall finished with 14 points and a career-high 10 assists.  Marble paced Iowa with 22 points, and he was huge at the foul line (9-for-11).  Newbill said the Lions will build on their intensity from Thursday night. The Lions competed on both ends of the floor for 40 minutes.  Chambers said Newbill was a great leader for the Lions, in addition to his 26-point outburst.  He also said the Lions showed how resilient they can be with the fight they showed in the second half.

Penn State travels to Michigan on Sunday at noon.


Pregame Thoughts:
We are keeping an eye on the number of students through the gates tonight because head coach Patrick Chambers had decided to donate $10 per student in attendance to THON.  Chambers shaved his head last week as part of the "No Hair, Don't Care" campaign surrounding the annual dance marathon, which takes place this weekend.

On the floor, Penn State will be looking to limit Iowa's transition opportunities by making shots and not turning the ball over.  The Lions can ill afford run-outs from the Hawkeyes leading to layups.  Penn State played well for much of the first half in Carver-Hawkeye Arena two weeks ago before turnovers and a scoring drought thwarted Penn State's chances at a win.  The Lions need to defend, rebound and make open shots against a hungry Iowa team with its eye on the postseason.

Follow's Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony

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