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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Drop Thriller to Iowa, 74-72

by on February 14, 2013 9:35 PM

Final: Iowa 74, Penn State 72

What Happened: Penn State cut a 12-point lead to only two with four minutes to go but couldn't get over the hump as the Nittany Lions dropped a close one to Iowa.

Player of the Game: Penn State's DJ Newbill scored 26 points while shooting 55-percent from the floor. The sophomore guard played arguably his best game for Penn State with a glimpse of the future as he also pulled down eight rebounds.

Stat of the Game: Penn State went 10-of-15 from the free throw line, all five misses coming at crucial junctures while one make came as Jermaine Marshall tried to intentionally miss it.

Turning Point: Down two with only 35 seconds left, DJ Newbill couldn't convert a three-pointer in transition and Iowa hit two free throws in the next possession to bring the lead back to four. Penn State closed the gap to only one with a second left but a 80-foot shot by Brandon Taylor was long and wide left.

What It Means: Penn State falls to 0-11 on the year.

On Deck: Penn State travels to Michigan to take on the Wolverines for a Feb 17., noon tip.

Halftime Update: Iowa 38, Penn State 34

DJ Newbill soared through the air and grabbed the ball high above the rim, slamming it down for an ally-oop from Jermaine Marshall. With the crowd on their side, the Nittany Lions opened up a 16-0 run to open up a 23-17 lead with nine minutes to go in the half.

It was a back and forth affair for the final 10 minutes of the half as both teams traded baskets shooting above 40-percent on the half.

The Nittany Lions were led by DJ Newbill who scored 16 points. Jermaine Marshall also had a nice half following a few games of cold play with 8 points and 4 assists.

The Hawkeyes were led by Mike Gesell's 10 points and an Aaron White three-pointer as time expired gave Iowa the four-point lead heading in to the half.



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