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The Minute After: Penn State

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Thoughts on a 76-73 win against the Nittany Lions:

Assembly Hall was in a deep slumber.

Despite the pace Penn State’s defense let Indiana get out and run at, the Hoosiers lacked energy and sharpness. The crowd, even with the students back, wasn’t bringing much. It felt more like a preseason game with little consequence than Indiana’s fourth Big Ten game of the season.

On a night Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis sat on the bench in IU warmup gear, Emmitt Holt had no rebounds in 13 minutes. It wasn’t until Ryan Burton entered the game at the 12:03 mark in the second half that Assembly Hall came to life. Burton, unlike some of his teammates up to that point, starting getting after it with hustle, energy and effort. The Assembly Hall faithful rose from its seats in admiration. When Burton subbed out at the 6:43 mark, he’d picked up three offensive boards, two of which led to second-chance scores for the Hoosiers — a Troy Williams bucket and a James Blackmon Jr. 3-pointer. Those three offensive boards were half of Indiana’s total for the entire contest on a night it only rebounded 20 percent of its misses.

Burton entered the game with it knotted up at 51 apiece. When he departed, the Hoosiers found themselves up 10 points at 69-59. Despite limping to the finish line and Penn State nearly tying it at the buzzer, it was the turning point of the contest and aided the Hoosiers to their victory.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Penn State

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 76-73 win over Penn State on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

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Video: IU players react to win over Penn State

Ryan Burton (three rebounds and one assist), Robert Johnson (20 points) and Stanford Robinson (12 points and four rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 76-73 win over Penn State on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Pat Chambers reacts to loss at Indiana

Pat Chambers met with the media following Penn State’s 76-73 loss to Indiana on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Penn State

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Check out 22 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 79-76 win over Penn State at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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Indiana announces Hanner Mosquera-Perea is out indefinitely with right knee injury

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Indiana confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea has suffered an injury to his right knee during practice and is out “indefinitely,” according to a press release sent out by the program.

Mosquera-Perea has started all 16 games for the Hoosiers this season and is averaging 7.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in more than 20 minutes per game.

The full press release is available after the jump:

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Mosquera-Perea injury: What it means for IU

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Indiana’s depth took a hit Monday when junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea suffered a knee injury that could sideline him for two to four weeks, according to reports.

And just three games into the conference season, the Hoosiers are now two players down as sophomore Devin Davis remains sidelined following a traumatic brain injury suffered in early November.

So what does the injury to Mosquera-Perea mean going forward? Put simply, Indiana must look at this as a “next man up” situation. Indiana played five games in August in Canada without Mosquera-Perea, so it has some experience of what life is like without him.

Mosquera-Perea, who has started all 16 games and is averaging 7.5 points and five rebounds in 20.9 minutes, has been a key contributor at times this season. In IU’s win over Butler on Dec. 20, the Colombia native had eight points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in 30 minutes. And in the Big Ten opener at Nebraska, he had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes as the Hoosiers picked up a key road win, 70-65.

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