Penn State used the free-throw line to secure an 83-74 win over Indiana on Saturday. It gives the Nittany Lions back-to-back wins, while the Hoosiers’ losing skid extends to four in a row.

Indiana was the better shooting team from the field on Saturday. The Hoosiers shot 51% (29-of-57 on field-goal attempts), while PSU was just 24-of-53 to go 45%.

Penn State made up for the field-goal shooting difference at the foul line. The Nittany Lions made 26-of-30 free throws, while IU was just 14-of-25.

The 3-ball was also a decisive factor. Despite being the better shooting team on field-goal attempts, the Hoosiers struggled from beyond the arc. Indiana made just 2-of-15 3-point attempts. The Nittany Lions drained 9 triples on 21 attempts.

It was a tight game in the early going. There were six ties and six lead changes on Saturday. Indiana led for 8:50 of game time, with it’s last lead coming 30-29 at the 3:49 mark of the first half.

The Nittany Lions closed the first half strong to take a 40-33 advantage to the locker room. The teams played a relatively even second half, with PSU’s lead getting up to 12 before a late 3-pointer made it a single-digit margin of victory.

Malik Reneau, one of three Hoosiers in double figures, was the game’s top scorer with 27 points. Penn State had five players in double figures, led by Ace Baldwin Jr. with 23 points on 7-of-12 field-goal shooting and 8-of-8 at the line.

Something about playing the Hoosiers brings out the best in Baldwin.

Penn State now has four straight wins against Indiana, its longest streak in the series since 2008-09.

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