At the Buzzer: Penn State 77, Indiana 73

  • 03/11/2023 5:57 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 77-73 loss against Penn State:

How it happened

It was another strong start for Indiana on Saturday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago. The Hoosiers raced to a 12-6 lead in the opening four minutes, led by six points from Race Thompson. But the offense stagnated, Penn State started to hit 3s and the game flipped quickly. The Nittany Lions went on a 13-0 run to grab a 19-12 lead on a Jalen Pickett layup at the 11:15 mark. By the 6:32 mark of the half, Penn State had its largest lead of the half at 28-16 after a Kanye Clary jumper. The Hoosiers got within six late in the half before Penn State pushed the margin to eight at halftime. Penn State hit five 3-pointers in the first half and Indiana didn’t hit one. The Nittany Lions also made nine free throws and the Hoosiers didn’t make their lone attempt from the stripe. At the break, the Hoosiers had managed just .82 points per possession.

Indiana had an answer to start the second half. The Hoosiers went on a 15-8 run to get within one at 42-41 at the 13:40 mark. Tamar Bates was a big part of the run as the sophomore hit Indiana’s first 3-pointer and a pull-up jump shot during the run. At the under-12 timeout, the Hoosiers trailed 46-43 after fouling Seth Lundy on a jump shot, which he knocked down. After Indiana tied the game 47 on a Trayce Jackson-Davis dunk, Penn State answered with a 7-0 run. The last bucket of that run forced a Mike Woodson timeout as Kebba Njie got an easy dunk off of bad defensive communication on a ball screen. Penn State stretched the lead to nine on a Jalen Pickett jump shot with 6:01 to play and then to 10 on a Camren Wynter 3-pointer at the 5:22 mark.

Indiana didn’t quit, though. After trailing by 15 points with 2:07 left, Indiana closed within one at 74-73 after a steal and a Jackson-Davis bucket with 33 seconds to go. The Hoosiers fouled Seth Lundy, who made both free throws. Jalen Hood-Schifino missed a 3-pointer with just over eight seconds left on the ensuing possession. Indiana then fouled Camren Wynter, who made one of the two free throws to make it a two-possession game and seal the victory for the Nittany Lions.

Standout performer

Jackson-Davis led Indiana with 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes.

Statistics that stand out

Penn State, which had been rebounding 18.6 percent of its missed shots this season, grabbed 28 percent of its misses against the Hoosiers. The Nittany Lions scored 12 second-chance points. The Nittany Lions also outscored Indiana by 18 points from beyond the 3-point line and by 14 from the free throw line.

Final IU individual statistics

Final tempo-free statistics

Assembly Call postgame show

(Photo credit: IU Athletics)

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