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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Dominated by Hoosiers, 74-51

by on January 07, 2013 7:14 PM

Second Half Update: Indiana 74, Penn State 51

Indiana opened up the second half slow and sloppy, but Penn State couldn't take advantage of the Hoosiers' early turnovers to cut into the halftime deficit. 

Ross Travis picked up his play offensively and led the Nittany Lions with 14 points while adding five rebounds. Jermaine Marshall led Penn State with seven rebounds and was part of an effort that out-rebounded the Hoosiers, 35-33, including 17 offensive rebounds.

As a result, Penn State created 20 more shots than Indiana throughout the game, shooting 19-for-60 on the night.

Christian Watford led Indiana with 16 points, while Cody Zeller chipped in 15. Victor Oladipo and Jordan Hulls contributed 10 and 14 points, respectively.  

Halftime Update: Indiana 44, Penn State 27

Penn State held onto a brief one-point lead early in the opening minutes, but a barrage of six 3-pointers by Indiana’s Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls helped pull the Hoosiers out of reach in the first half.

The Nittany Lions struggled early from the field, and two fouls by freshman Brandon Taylor in a span of 30 seconds put Penn State’s only true deep option on the bench.

Penn State struggled with fouls in the first half, as three different Nittany Lions were saddled with two personal fouls. Ross Travis picked up a flagrant offensive foul on a questionable call.

Jermaine Marshall was the most effective from the floor, scoring nine points and shooting 4-for-6 from the field. Travis chipped in seven points, but he and D.J. Newbill combined for 5-for-20 from the floor en route to the team shooting 34.4 percent from the field. The Nittany Lions held a 19-17 rebounding advantage, led by Travis' four boards.



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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