For a day that centered around Penn Sate football and the announcement of James Franklin as the 16th football coach in school history, there was a competitive game in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Indiana Hoosiers played a great basketball game that went down to the very end. Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions came out on the wrong end of this one and dropped their fourth-straight conference game, losing 79-76 to the Hoosiers.
Things started very well for he Nittany Lions and the loud home crowd. Penn State came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, building a 10-point lead less than three minutes into the game. Things continued to flow for the home team in the first half as the lead eventually ballooned to 15 mid-way through the opening half. However, Indiana got on a run and cut the lead to just four by the break.
Penn State guard D.J. Newbill, who has struggled with just seven total points in his last two games, lead the Nittany Lions with 10 in the first half. Indiana was kept in the game by Noah Vonleh, who pouted in 12 first-half points.
After the break, Indiana came out looking much better. The Hoosiers took their first lead of the game less than four minutes into the second half. However, Penn State stuck with it and kept the game close. After trailing for the majority of the second half, the home crowd erupted when John Johnson hit a three-pointer with 3:36 remaining to put the Nittany Lions up by three.
The game was back-and-forth from that point, with Indiana eventually coming out on top.
Newbill lead the Nittany Lions with 24 points while Vonleh led the Hoosiers with 19.
The Nittany Lions get back on the court on Tuesday, January 14th when they travel to take on the tough Michigan Wolverines.
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