Game 19: Indiana Recap

Andy Lyons

Penn State was thoroughly outmatched by the better team at Assembly Hall.

No one expected Penn State to leave Bloomington with anything but a loss, and despite holding national POY candidate Cody Zeller to just two points, the seventh-ranked Hoosiers were able to handle the Nittany Lions with ease, winning 72-49. Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 19 points in addition to 6 boards and 5 assists, and freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell posted a career high 15 points on 6-7 shooting (3-4 from three). D.J. Newbill once again led the Nittany Lions in scoring with 18 points to go along with 8 rebounds.

Pat Chambers employed a 2-3 zone defense to stop Zeller and Christian Watford on the inside, and in that respect, it worked. The problem was that it left openings for Indiana's talented backcourt to exploit the holes left around the arc. The Hoosiers shot 11-20 from deep (55%), and most of those makes came early in the second half, which blew open a game that was already 33-19 at half. Ferrell and Will Sheehey paced Indiana with three triples each.

Once again, Penn State simply couldn't keep up with their opponents offensively. The Nits shot 33% (17-51) from the field including a dismal 2-15 from three. Brandon Taylor was held scoreless for the second time in three games, going 0-6 from the field. Jermaine Marshall finished with 12 points on 5-11 shooting before fouling out, his conference-leading fifth disqualification. Despite his team-high scoring output and a spirited second-half performance in which he scored 14 of his 18 points, Newbill did commit eight turnovers, a season-worst for the converted point guard.

What else is there to say about this game? It wasn't an embarrassing loss considering the positions both teams are in, but nothing from Penn State inspired hope that Saturday's noon matchup with Ohio State will end in glory, either. The same issues that have plagued the Lions throughout conference play were evident once again (except free throw shooting; PSU shot 13-18 (72%) from the line). The #ATTITUDE was there as usual, but it'll only get you so far on the road against a team as good as Indiana.

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