It was always going to be a tall order for Pat Chambers’ Nittany Lions to hang with the deep, talented, and 5th ranked Indiana Hoosiers. Penn State made the job much easier for the visitors on Monday night playing passive on offense and running out of position on defense to a 74-51 loss in the BJC, that wasn’t that close.
After Indiana went up 2-0, the Lions would run a designed play to set up an alley-oop for D.J. Newbill, but the pass was just off, and the Lions turned it over to Indiana. It was that kind of night for PSU, who actually took a 3-2 lead on a Brandon Taylor three. The Hoosiers would counter with a 13-0 run, and never looked back. After Indiana extended the lead to 18, the Lions did fight back to within 11, but the Hoosiers quickly responded to lead by 17 at halftime. A sloppy second half, where IU committed many of their 17 turnovers, kept this game from getting even more out of hand, but Penn State never was a threat to get back into it.
Christian Watford lead Indiana with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Cody Zeller added 15, Jordan Hulls had 14, and Victor Oladipo put in 10. The nation’s top offensive team shot over 52% from the field, including 50% from behind the 3 point arc. PSU was lead by sophomore Ross Travis with 14 points, but the forward was just 6/17 from the field. Jermaine Marshall was Penn State’s only consistent offensive threat with 11 points on 5/11 shooting. Newbill only added 8 on 3/15 shooting. As a team, PSU shot 31%.
Penn State is back in action at home on Thursday night against Northwestern, as both teams look to pick up their first conference win of the season. That game tips at 8:00 on ESPNU.
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