Quick thoughts on an 87-85 overtime win over Penn State:
How did this happen: Indiana made a strong start Wednesday night against the Penn State team, known for taking Gamble defensively and hoisting a ton of 3-pointers. The Hoziers started 12-7 in 4-of-6 shooting from the field. Penn State could not stop the foul and Indiana took advantage by hitting their first seven free throw attempts. After the first half of the front and back, in which Myron Jones went for 14 points, it looked like Indiana could extend their pillow to double figures after a five-point possession and go 29-20 at the 4:30 mark Can gain. But Penn State responded with five straight points of its own. To end the half, a pair of missed race Thompson sent the throwers into the locker room with only 38-33.
The Nittany Lions exploded outside the locker room with 20 points in the first 7:17 of the half. While the Hoziers were not getting a stop, they were aggressively keeping pace. Indiana made 10 of its first 13 shots to start the second half and a nine-point lead on the Rob Finnis 3-pointer with a 63-54 lead. The lead was reduced to 9 on an Al Durham Jr. 3-pointer with 9:56 to go on to win by 13–1. But the Indiana defense never clamped on Penn State and the Nittany Lions got a double-digit lead over the Jamie Wheeler jumper with 8:24 to play. Penn State would get within four on two separate occasions before Indiana took three straight shots to take a 75-66 lead with 4:45 to play. However, Penn State was not done. The Nittany Lions drew 8–0 with 2:49 to play together. As Indiana’s field goal continued for more than 3:30, Penn State took its first lead on the jumper from Sam Sesams with 28 seconds to play. Indiana tied it at level 80 when Treyes Jackson-Davis split a pair of free throws with seven seconds to play and Finici blocked a Sesamoms’ shot at the buzzer to force oversham.
A Jackson-Davis 3-point play preceded Indiana’s scoring drought of 3:30 to give IU an 85-83 lead with 1:03 to play. Penn State responded with a pair of free throws to play in overtime with 43.7 seconds left in Jones. Out of the timeout, Phinisee hit a hard jumper in the lane with 14.3 seconds left, giving IU a 2-point lead. Sesomus lost the ball for only four seconds on a drive and Brockington missed a shot from the baseline as IU survived its first Big Ten victory.
Standout artist: Jackson-Davis led five hosiers in double figures with 21 points in 37 minutes. He was 8-13 from the field and added six rebounds.
Statistic that stands out: Indiana prevailed despite giving a season-worst 1.14 points in possession of the Nittany Lions.
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