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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Fall to Iowa, 76-67

by on January 31, 2013 10:31 PM

Rapid Recap: Iowa 76, Penn State 67

What Happened: The Nittany Lions traveled to take on Iowa, opening a 10-3 lead in the early minutes. The Hawkeyes responded with a 14-0 run and took the lead for good. Penn State was able to cut the lead to three early in the second half, but Iowa responded by pushing its lead to as many as 14. The Nittany Lions were able to bring the deficit to only seven in the final two minutes but could not get closer.

Player of the Game: Iowa forward Aaron White had 27 points while going 8-for-15 from the floor. Penn State's DJ Newbill scored 20 points on the evening.

Stat of the Game: The Nittany Lions committed 18 turnovers and gave up 14 offensive rebounds. Interestingly, Penn State's seven 3-pointers was the most in Big Ten play and a 40.4 percent shooting mark was better than Iowa's.

Turning Point:With the lead down to only three, Iowa went on a 11-2 run to open the game back up to a 50-38 lead with 13:40 to go.

What It Means: Penn State finished the first half of its Big Ten winless, and this game was another lost opportunity against a lower-tier conference foe. The Nittany Lions have not won since a 84-74 victory Dec. 29 against Duquesne.

On Deck: The Nittany Lions head home to take on Purdue in a Feb. 5 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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