Indiana notches important win over No. 9 Penn State to keep tournament hopes alive
The biggest win of Archie Miller’s tenure at Indiana may have come on Sunday afternoon.
With the Hoosiers needing some key wins down the stretch to help secure its spot in the NCAA tournament field in a few weeks. Indiana got a big one on Sunday, defeating ninth-ranked Penn State 68-60 at Assembly Hall.
Indiana built a big lead in the first half, once owing a 19-point advantage at 37-18 with 2:20 remaining before halftime. Penn State was able to get the lead down to 13 points, going into the locker room trailing 37-24.
The Nittany Lions came out firing on all cylinders to start the second half, and engineered a 16-0 run to make the score 37-34 in favor of the Hoosiers. Penn State was even able to grab an early second half lead at 42-41 with 14:13 left in the game. PSU extended the lead to 48-42 at the 12:17 mark.
But it wasn’t enough to keep Indiana away. Race Thompson scored on back-to-back plays to give Indiana a 49-48 lead and the Hoosiers never looked back. It was a battle down the stretch, but IU did just enough to get a key victory.
Three Hoosiers scored in double figures, led by Al Durham, who scored 14 points. Trayce Jackson-Davis recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Devonte Green scored 10 points off the bench.
Lamar Stevens led the way for Penn State with 29 points and six rebounds.
Indiana improved to 18-9 on the season and has now won three of its last four games. The Hoosiers are 8-8 in B1G play.
Penn State is now 10-6 in the B1G and 20-7 overall.