Penn State Basketball: Hawkeyes Push Past Nittany Lions 82-70
Penn State basketball couldn't find its range from deep and unable to crack a stingy Iowa defense, the Nittany Lions fell 82-70 on Saturday afternoon.
Looking for conference win No. 5 on the year, Penn State overcame an early 11-4 deficit only a few minutes into the game. But the Nittany Lions would trail the Hawkeyes for the majority of the first half thanks to offensive rebounds by Iowa and timely shots that kept Penn State just out of reach. Penn State put together a 12-2 run in the final five minutes of the first half though to take a 33-31 into the locker room.
Iowa would open the second half stronger. The Hawkeyes had a week off to prepare for Saturday's meeting. But the Nittany Lions continued to stay in the game as the Hawkeyes racked up nine team fouls to Penn State's three team fouls. Penn State would be called for four fouls in 1:05 midway through the second half to close the gap between the two teams.
Mike Gesell hit a timely three for the Hawkeyes to give Iowa a six point lead with just over nine minutes remaining. The Hawkeyes would never see their lead shrink to less than five points over the remainder of the game. Penn State fell behind by 10 with 6:59 to play.
Penn State would surge back to cut the lead to only five points with 4:06 but Iowa responded with a 5-0 run of its own to push the lead back out to double figures with 3:02 to go. Penn State and Iowa traded fouls and baskets and the Nittany Lions would never get closer than nine points in the closing minutes of play.
DJ Newbill led the Nittany Lions all game with 22 points going 10-for-15 from the field. John Johnson and Tim Frazier both chipped in 11 and Ross Travis added 10 of his own. Penn State was cold from deep, hitting three shots from beyond the arc, two of which were made when the game was essentially decided. Iowa would shoot 40 free throws all game, making 31 while the Nittany Lions only went 15-of-21 from the stripe.
Iowa was led by Melsahn Basabe's 16 points and Roy Devyn Marble who was 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.
The Nittany Lions fall to 13-13 on the year and will head to Nebraska before returning home to take on Ohio State for a chance to sweep the Buckeyes in the season series.