Men’s Basketball Defeat No. 22 Indiana 68-63
From the tip, Penn State’s defensive efforts led to a few turnovers early on and the offense managed to capitalize on a few Hoosier mistakes. Although Indiana has averaged 85 points per game this season - more than any Big Team Team, the Lions were able to contain Indiana for most of the first half.
Senior forward Brandon Taylor scored 13 points in the first-half, keeping the Nittany Lions in the game against the typically high-scoring Hoosiers. Despite a few sloppy possessions and defensive mistakes from the Lions, the team went into the half trailing by just one. Senior guard Devin Foster also contributed to the score line in the first half for the Lions.
The game picked up in the second half with sophomore Shep Garner producing six points within minutes of the start of the half. Although the game was plagued with fouls, the Nittany Lions showed true grit in the second half.
Taylor scored 11 of his game-high 24 points with less than 10 minutes left in the game to give the Lions the edge over Indiana.
With the game all tied up with minutes left in regulation, both teams battled to the top. The Nittany Lions showed up when it mattered most and pulled off the win, 68-63.
Head Coach Patrick Chambers was pleased with the efforts of his team on the court: “ Happy for these kids. They’ve been working so hard in practice and sometimes it just doesn’t translate to games until you feel it, see it, sense it,” Chambers said. “I thought that was the first time all year that we played a 40-minute game. We competed, we were all over the floor, we played Penn State Basketball.”
The Nittany Lions are on the road again as they visit Nebraska on Thursday. The game will tip-off at 6pm and will air live on BTN.