Notebook: Walk-on Ryan Burton sparks IU’s second half run

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Following an Indiana practice on Monday night, Indiana associate head coach Steve McClain told Tom Crean to not forget about 6-foot-7 walk-on Ryan Burton during Tuesday’s game against Penn State.

Yes, Burton — who had played a total 36 minutes all season heading into Indiana’s 17th game of the season.

“Don’t forget about Ryan,” McClain told Crean. “He has toughness. If we need something, don’t forget about Ryan.”

Crean didn’t forget.

After a seven-point Indiana lead vanished into a 51-51 tie and teams traded fouls and misses, the Hoosiers coach put Burton into the game with 12:03 left on the clock. It was his first action since he played four minutes in the closing moments of Indiana’s win over New Orleans in mid-December.

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers didn’t even have Burton in the scouting report.

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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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