At the Buzzer: Indiana 110, Penn State 102

  • 02/01/2017 9:36 pm in

Quick thoughts on an 110-102 win over Penn State:

How it happened: It was a marathon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Wednesday night. Indiana needed three overtimes, but the Hoosiers avoided disaster to beat Penn State. After leading by 13 in the first half, Indiana allowed Penn State to come all of the way back and needed a pair of De’Ron Davis free throws late in regulation to send the game into overtime. And then in the first overtime, Josh Newkirk’s buzzer-beater forced a second overtime. The end of the second overtime came down to an Indiana possession with just over five seconds left, but Devonte Green’s shot fell short. Indiana then finally took control in the final overtime to pull out its 15th win of the season and fifth in Big Ten play. It wasn’t pretty, but in a game Indiana absolutely couldn’t afford to lose, it prevailed.

Standout performance: Three Indiana players carried the load offensively. Thomas Bryant, Robert Johnson and Josh Newkirk. Bryant finished with a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the third overtime. Johnson had 27 points, also a career-high, and 10 rebounds. Johnson played 50 minutes. Newkirk also had a career-high with 27 points and hit 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point line.

Statistic(s) that stands out: Indiana dominated the points in the paint battle, outscoring Penn State 66-40. But the Hoosiers committed 23 turnovers that led to 29 points for the Nittany Lions.

Final IU individual stats:

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  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Mark, that was me!!

  • CreamandCrimson

    The Nittany Lions were 21-31 from the line in our first matchup with them and 17-29 tonight. We struggle with the rest of our defense but we clearly know how to defend the charity stripe against them haha.

  • Ole Man

    Re #3: It took injuries to finally run the O we should have been running all season; and the O TB needs to run.

  • Ole Man

    That made me laugh!

  • Ole Man

    “Thousands of PU fans?” Well, I guess if you count the sheep and the cows.

  • Well, it kinda has to be his turning point. We absolutely are going to need him, along with everyone else. If anyone was wishing more playing time, they’re going to get what they wished for. This is essentially a whole new team now. What is going to happen?

  • excepting Yogi’s mom, of course

  • great point on Newkirk’s overall strength. I didn’t even notice that, but it’s true. He helped to wear them out. Great to see him finally hit some shots and have a good game. Should have happened a long time ago.

  • Two main factors: do they make the tournament? And how many are coming back next year? Until I know answers to these questions, I’m remaining agnostic on this question.

    For what it’s worth, I expect there is actually very little chance of a coaching change for next year. And this is regardless of what public opinion (or outrage) feels about the matter. I’ve heard this second-hand from someone who knows a bit about the school recently, for what it’s worth.

  • Koko

    That is true.

  • JethroTroll

    That’s probably your best post ever.

  • JethroTroll

    It’s a win, but our flaws we’re again clearly on display. This team is going nowhere fast, unfortunately.

  • It’s all uphill from here, so that’s a safe bet. But also, one never knows what’s going to happen.

  • JethroTroll

    This team has played 23 games, they are what they are. Yeah, one of the great things about sports is that anything can happen, but this team would have to get extremely hot to at the right time to do any damage in March. And that’s assuming they play well enough to make the Dance.
    Ultimately though, this team doesn’t play good enough defense and they turn the ball over too much to be a realistic, consistent threat. They could be dangerous with one of those flaws, but not both.

  • Thought it might have been you, but couldn’t remember for sure. And the Price is Right (old school version) is exactly what came to my mind. 🙂

  • Travis

    Props to Crean as well for creating that game plan. Perhaps it’s their only option now, but it was nice to see RJ/JN/DG isolated on one side with TB/DD working in the post. For most of the overtime that isolation wore down PSU inside.

  • Molon Labe

    I thought it might just be me, but it seems like every game the refs are against us. Is it me or do other teams seem to get the foul call every time they drive the lane and an IU player is even close to them, yet when we drive the lane and get knocked to the ground there seems to never be a call.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I like that game how!!! At least everyone is happy.

  • Missing Moye

    It’s funny, because you and I had this exact conversation at the end of 14-15. You were excited for the incoming class and the returning players and didn’t want to have to rebuild again and possible miss a great season. As it turned out, you were mostly correct as last season turned out to be a pretty good one (despite the slow start). CTC showed enough last year with some changes in philosophy that I reluctantly admitted that he earned at least another year.

    This season feels like he’s reverted to so many bad habits. Subs, time out usage, in-game adjustments, refusal to play certain players, etc. He didn’t turn a corner last year, imo – he was just forced to do some things different when JBJ went down and then Yogi decided to take control of this team and demand everyone play some defense.

    I do think you are right. With the buyout being what it is, and not reducing until the summer, I see little chance of a change. Glass seems committed as well.


    Unfortunately, I can’t use the words to respond in the way that I would like to and the way that that comment should be responded to without being banned.

    I guess I ” kinda ” did anyway. lol