Indiana gets it first win on the road, battling past a game Penn State team that couldn’t sustain its early pressure.
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3:50, second half: Indiana 66, Penn State 61
Sampson just called a timeout with 3:50 left. This is where the Hoosiers have lost their last couple of road games. Looks like he wants to settle them down a bit.
8:25, second half: Indiana 61, Indiana 55
A.J. Ratliff’s 3-pointer just forced Penn State into a timeout.
White took a nice pass inside and scored to give the Hoosiers their first lead of the day at 55-54.
Then White made a nice pass of his own, sensing a double team and dishing out to Bassett for an open 3.
11:20, second half: Penn State 52, Indiana 50
Nice work by Mike White to get inside and finish Wilmont’s drive to the lane.
15:33, second half: Penn State 49, Indiana 46
Wilmont 25, His Teammates 21
He needs some help.
Halftime: Penn State 41, Indiana 40
Rod Wilmont is 7-of-16 from the field and 6-of-12 from 3-point. He’s got 20 points. He hasn’t scored that many since the Western Illinois game on Dec. 6.
3:51, first half: Penn State 36, Indiana 30
Indiana is now showing a 2-3 zone. They don’t do that much.
Still, Penn State found Cornley wedged in the middle and he hit a little jump hook and was fouled. He’ll got to the line to try to add one.
4:48, first half: Penn State 32, Indiana 27
A 3 by Ratliff, a deep 2 by Calloway and a steal and lay in by Bassett has put Indiana back within two possessions.
Transition baskets are working. The half court offense, not so much.
7:07, first half: Penn State 30, Indiana 20
The Hoosiers had pulled to within 20-22 thanks to 3-pointers from Calloway and Wilmont and a basket inside by Keeling.
Then Penn State eight point run, getting four on free throws — they’re in bonus — and another one inside.
11:18, first half: Penn State 19, Indiana 9
Nice feed by Morrisey into Claxton for an easy basket down low.
White is asserting himself at the other end, picking up a few rebounds and scoring them. Xavier Keeling is going to have to handle extra playing time because Lance Stemler already has two fouls.
Penn State 15, Indiana 5
Danny Morrisey’s 3-pointer just bounced around the rim for a good three seconds before falling to give Penn State a 10-point lead. Sampson called time out.
Indiana is not adjusting to playing against Penn State’s 2-3 zone or its inside offense. The Nittany Lions are getting good looks from the paint and the Hoosiers are just chucking the ball around the perimeter.
This will deteriorate eventually. Penn State won’t be able to pressure the wings as much as it is without D.J. White scoring eventually.
Starters for the Hoosiers: Stemler, White, Wilmont, Calloway, Bassett.
Uh oh. They turned the lights out here in preparation for introductions. How dare they?
Before you ask, we left Doug at home. I assume he’s taking care of his editor duties, possibly cleaning his house and perhaps walking his dogs. I know you’ll miss him, but the guy deserves a day off at least once a month.
Our photographer, Chris Howell, and I are here at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa.
It is raining. It rains here from the middle of October until you walk out of your last final in the spring.
Check that. Sometimes it snows.