IN took a haymaker from Penn State early in the second half, but stuck with the gameplan, hunkered down on defense and came away with a huge 68-60 win. The Nittany Lions scored the final six points of the half. As a result, the floor became more spaced out and opened up opportunities for good looks from the perimeter.
"He shot 17 times".
"Colby really played well - kudos to him", Penn State head coach Jeff Tambroni said, according to the Daily Collegian. "That's what I'm happy about".
Miller also was pleased with the Hoosiers' guard play in the Minnesota win, with in posting an assist-to-turnover ratio of 15 to 10.
"I think this season we were really well-prepared mentally [for our game against Villanova], and it felt like we were able to stay calm even when things weren't going our way, which felt different than previous year", Bulldogs attackman Matt Brandau, according to the Yale Daily News. IN ranks 113th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
IN has won 11 of the last 14 meetings between the two schools, though Penn State posted a 64-49 victory over the Hoosiers on January 29 in State College, Pa.
"The key all week, to be honest with you, was to be great on the ball". Prime recipients of the PSU largesse were Indiana's sometimes scattered point guard Al Durham (team-high 14 points) and self-indulgent shooting guard Devonte Green (both 9 points in the half).
IU went into the locker room holding a 37-24 lead.
IU led by as much as 19 points, but Penn State used a 30-5 run spanning over the first half into the second to take the lead with 14:09 remaining. At 12 minutes left in the first half, the Hoosiers were riding a 16-2 run. On the inbounds, Stevens threw it away, gifting IN two more points. Then with:40 left and State still down 5, Stevens clanged a heavily defended driving dunk, the ball caroming over the plane of the backboard to hand it back to IU.
"You have give them a little bit of a pass when you have a guy that good that is not playing, " Miller said. "And you have to find a way to make a couple runs". The Nits collected a season-low 4 assists as many possessions devolved into isolations for Stevens.
Indiana: The Hoosiers have now won three of their last four games and improved their NCAA Tournament hopes with a victory over a ranked team. Thompson missed two for the Hoosiers, but a Stevens missed dunk returned the ball to IN with 38 seconds to play.
No. 9 Penn State men's basketball (20-7, 10-6 Big Ten) fell on the road to IN (18-9, 7-7 Big Ten) 68-60.
Trayce Jackson-Davis #4 of the Indiana Hoosiers.
IU lost the rebounding battle 37-35.
The No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions lacrosse team will host the No. 3 Yale Bulldogs on Saturday. Junior forward Justin Smith is scoring 10.8 points per game and is grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game.
The Hoosiers were 17-of-27, or 63 percent, from the foul line.
It was pretty clear from the tip that IN would play with urgency while Penn State was sloppy and unfocused (15 turnovers).
Stevens, who picked up two fouls early, had 14 for the Nittany Lions in the opening half.
IN is looking to build off a 68-56 road win at Minnesota on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled to get underway at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23, 2020.