Indiana just accomplished a great achievement for the first time this season which is winning back-to-back Big Ten games. It’s early in the conference play but IU just beat Minnesota on the road 75-71 and now beat Penn State at home 74-70. What’s so special about both these wins is the fact that both have come against strong Big Ten basketball programs versus beating the weaker in-conference teams.
Juwan Morgan led the way for the Cream and Crimson with yet another double-double. Morgan finished with 21 points on 8-16 shooting from the field to pair along with 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 39 minutes. His final stat line marked his second consecutive game with the feat, and sixth overall this season. Morgan after the game seemed very pleased with his performance especially when facing talented big men. He said he’s always been confident and with the work, he puts in every day, he always believes the advantage favors him. Morgan certainly used his mindset to his advantage when being guarded by the very talented sophomore forward Lamar Stevens.
Josh Newkirk added 16 points and 4 assists on a 4-8 shooting night in Indiana’s starting lineup. Devonte Green had 13, while Robert Johnson and Collin Hartman each finished with 10 points apiece.
Indiana outscored the Nittany Lions 35-31 in the first half and tied the scoring in the second half 39-39. The Hoosiers shooting in the second half when it mattered most came through leading by as much as 11 with 15:16 left in the game. Indiana shot 46.4% from the field, and 30.0% from behind the arc leading to a better twenty minutes offensively. Penn State’s offense put up a fight, however, Indiana’s defense prevailed holding the Nittany Lions to fewer points than they average, and scored more on Penn State than they allow. Penn State never held the lead in the second half which translated over to IU leading for slightly over 36 minutes in the entire game.
Points: Indiana 74, Penn State 70
FG%: Indiana 25-62 (40.3%), Penn State 26-52 (50.0%)
3P%: Indiana 6-27 (22.2%), Penn State 6-14 (42.9%)
FT%: Indiana 18-22 (81.8%), Penn State 12-18 (66.7%)
Rebounds: Indiana 36, Penn State 31
Assists: Indiana 14, Penn State 8
Steals: Indiana 6, Penn State 5
Blocks: Indiana 1, Penn State 4
One Difference Area
One key area worth highlighting from Indiana and Penn State was the second unit production. IU’s bench produced 25 points led by Devonte Green with 13 and Collin Hartman with 10. Penn State only managed to provide one single point from its bench lineup that only used three players. The Hoosiers used four guys off the bench, which is likely why they scored far more points in this area. Second units can go for granted at times and you want a solid group of guys to fill in when your starters need rest. Indiana has the luxury while Penn State does not.
Indiana will face Northwestern at home on Sunday at 4:30 PM Eastern.
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