On a night where Penn State struggled to find its offense for the majority of the game, the Nittany Lions came away with another big road win as they knocked off Indiana on Wednesday, 66-65. With roughly three minutes left in the contest, Penn State finished the game on a 15-2 run to win in Bloomington for the first time since Dec. 27, 2010. This was also Pat Chambers’ first win against the Hoosiers as Penn State’s head coach.
Three Nittany Lions scored in double figures, led by Tim Frazier’s 14 points. Donovon Jack and Brandon Taylor had 10 a piece, while D.J. Newbill, who entered this game as the Big Ten’s leading scorer, struggled mightily all night and only had seven points.
After Indiana took a 63-51 lead, Penn State started to make its move. Eventually, Brandon Taylor hit a three and then a floater to cut Indiana’s lead to 65-63. After forcing an Indiana turnover, John Johnson was called for an offensive foul with 16.8 seconds left to give the Hoosiers the ball back. Frazier stole the ensuing inbounds pass and gave it off to Ross Travis, who was fouled and made 1-2 from the line to make it 65-64. Then Newbill intercepted the following inbounds pass and Chambers called a timeout with 12.3 seconds left. After the timeout, Frazier made a nice move to get to the rim for the eventual game-winning layup. Yogi Ferrell’s attempt at the buzzer was no good and Penn State came out with a huge comeback victory in historic Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers also had three players score in double figures. Ferrell led with 16, Will Sheehey had 12 and Stanford Robinson had 11. Penn State did a great defensive job on Noah Vonleh (eight points), who’s one of the best freshmen in the Big Ten.
The win improved Penn State’s record to 13-12 (4-8 Big Ten). The Nittany Lions will look to make it two in a row when they host 16th ranked Iowa on Saturday at 1 p.m.