At the buzzer: Indiana 74, Penn State 70

  • 01/09/2018 8:42 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 74-70 win over Penn State:

How it happened: After Indiana’s first road win of the season on Saturday at Williams Arena, it was fair to wonder how the Hoosiers would respond to the positive momentum. This IU team, after all, has some recent history of letdowns after a hard fought win. But this win was a sign of growth for Indiana. The Hoosiers led for the final 25:40 and picked up their third conference win of the season. It wasn’t without some drama, however. Each time Indiana looked as if it would pull away in the second half, Penn State responded. But the Nittany Lions would get no closer than two in the game’s closing minutes as the Hoosiers made eight free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal their 10th win of the season.

Standout performers: Juwan Morgan was terrific once again as he played the entire second half and notched another double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was Morgan’s fifth double-double in IU’s last nine games. The junior forward was 8-of-16 from the field. Newkirk also turned in a solid performance, finishing with 16 points, four assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana took excellent care of the ball as the Hoosiers finished with just nine turnovers for a turnover percentage of 13.

Final IU individual stats:

Final tempo-free stats:

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  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    A win is a win!

  • AndyCapp

    Credit to Green and Newkirk for hitting all of those final free throws! Morgan? Once again, excellent.

  • AndyCapp

    Who woulda EVER thunk that beating PS at SSAH would’ve been considered an upset!?! And yet, here we are…

  • Lots to like here. Took care of the ball, hit the offensive glass, and made our free throws. Shooting was woeful, but it’s nice to win one in spite of it. Good intensity and focus.

  • ForIndiana

    Not turning the ball over will do wonders to offset that poor shooting percentage!

  • AndyCapp

    Love RJ, but his Offensive numbers were, how can I kindly put this… ummm, poop? Sadly I kind of expected this after the Minny game.

  • Ms hoosier

    I’m really proud to see how the turnovers have come way down. Team played hard and was limited because of foul trouble but found a way to win!! Beat NW.

  • Only saw the second half but was impressed with our intensity and defense. We are starting to move much better on D.

  • BKLock

    Outside of of a couple brain farts by RJ in the last couple of minutes this was another solid game.

    Balanced scoring, reduction in TO’s, making clutch free throws should all be confidence builders for the team. Here’s to hoping they can carry this momentum into the next game.

    JM is the man! Hats off to ZM for bringing some grit and toughness to each game. Plus it was good to see JN and DG come out and play with more confidence tonight.

    Now let’s keep improving with each game!

    On to the next game. Time to prepare and beat NW.

  • Bballpop

    Have to say this game worried me. Nice to see them play with some intensity. Gotta keep it up.

  • KingofKentucky

    If shooting 6-27 from 3 and still winning isn’t a sign of improvement I don’t know what is.

  • VOXAC30

    PSU is a solid team seems they are playing with a lot of confidence.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    Keeping the T.O.’s in single digits helps make it possible.

  • KingofKentucky

    Anything’s possible if you use your imag…brain not to turnover the ball.

  • Ole Man

    Nice not to have all the “naysayers” in here. You know it’s because IU won.

  • KingofKentucky

    I came here to read this from Ole man and was not disappointed.

  • Mr. Shep-dizzle

    That was the most fundamental game I’ve seen this team play this year. They were forcing turnovers and protecting the ball. If we can take care of homecourt and sneak out another win or 2 on the road, this will be a productive season and something to build off of. Possibly sneak into a post season tournament. I was overall impressed tonight, not perfect, but solid.

  • David Macer

    Newkirk’s best game this season.

  • Ole Man

    Tip your waiters and waitresses on the way out.
    Anything else you’d like to say before you leave?

  • David Macer

    They’ll show back up sometime Tony. Would love to keep them off.

  • KingofKentucky

    Never change and GOOOOO HOOSIERS!

  • David Macer

    A facts a fact.

  • Ole Man

    LOL! You got it!
    And cover for me.
    I have to make an early exit tonight.

  • Ole Man

    I thought the D play tonight was key as well.

  • Trmb1

    Chambers can’t finish.

  • KingofKentucky

    Yes and the defense didn’t waiver in the second half even when the calls weren’t going their way.

  • Gary Cline

    Good team win and kudos to the coaching staff. No outstanding players on this team, Morgan appears to be developing into one however, and they get the job done. Robert Johnson just mystifies me, and he continues to play erractly in light of being a so called senior leader. McRoberts appears to be the glue guy for this team, which is sorely needed and without him they might have 3 to 4 more losses. The only way this team will win is to grit it out on both ends of the floor and limit turnovers.

  • 3AM Burrito

    Another nice win, this is what I thought we would see more consistently this year. Offense still a work in process but valuing the ball and very solid defense. Two nice performances in a row for Archie and the boys lets keep building!

  • inCMitrust

    Too many threes in the first half(17). At one point they shot 7 in a row and missed all of them, missed a jump shot, and then jacked a couple more and missed them. Yet we were still leading at half with 30 % shooting and under 20 % from 3 because we only turned it over twice. That is improvement and we never would have seen a stat line like that in the past.

  • AndyCapp

    Yeh Mark, I was very happy with both the TO percentage and free throws. I’m afraid our offensive woes will continue to ebb and flow wildly this season.

  • KingofKentucky

    You’re going to have a giant mess to clean up.

  • sam

    Good win team. Progress is slow but sweet… Go IU… Beat NW…

  • inCMitrust

    I will add we scored over a point per possession in the first half with that horrendous shooting. Shows how important turnovers are.

  • Ben thorne

    How much longer until I see Freddie on a pouch of Big League Chew?

  • 3AM Burrito

    I agree and love Rojo this year and his effort and fight. Even when his shot is not falling or makes a bad pass, it doesn’t impact his effort on D or rebounding.

  • KraigIU

    The thing is I felt like most of our threes were actually good attempts they just didn’t go down. For me it shows the offensive scheme is working and once these shots start dropping we should be in fairly good shape.

  • Gary Cline

    No argument about the Gopher game, but his shooting has been inconsistent at best this season and he made some poor decisions at the end of tonights contest

  • VAHoosier

    Not to mention that he is our best–and it’s not close–on-ball defender.

  • Missing Moye


  • Ole_man_lovespurdue

    Glad IU got the win. I shook my head when I saw 2 sr guards get a 10 second call.

  • Dsct1

    This appears to be that team where nothing will be easy. IU should get a sponsorship from Malox. JM with a stellar game. I would love to see DG hit his stride and stay in it. I feel ulcers coming before the end of this season.

  • Marek Wojciech ?ugowski Lugows

    Good to have the win, bad to keep missing from outside (and some inside); based on this and how the next opponent is doing, expect victory against Northwestern, to steal their own slogan. Especially with low turnovers.

  • Ohio Hoosier

    It seems to me that with DD out the defensive rotations are much quicker
    and everyone is hitting the boards to make up for his absence. Offensive flow
    seems crisper too.

  • BeatDuke

    I think it may be Al, with Rob second. Al sees the floor because of his defense. I really really wish Al could shoot, as we would be a different team. Kinda reminds me of Stan Robinson …. when he changed shooting hands.

  • BeatDuke

    If I were the coach, I would still take 3’s, just reduce the volume by about 50%. I know, I know, the one game they did this, they looked like deer in the headlights, starting to shoot and then stopping, passing it around a little longer, and then taking a bad shot at the end of the shot clock. Still, need to reduce the number of attempts somehow.

  • Hardwood83

    Agree, I think PSU is more talented than IU.

  • Outoftheloop

    Good points.