Penn State Basketball crosses past Indiana 85-66

Penn State Basketball capitalized on some great outside shots and a historic night for forward Seth Lundy to run away with that one in the second half to win Indiana 85-66.

Seth Lundy came out of the gates for the Nittany Lions and grabbed 14 of Penn State’s first 19 points. He was a lifeline for Penn State all night. Every time the offense seemed to drop, Lundy was there to knock down another big three. Seth finished the game with 25 points and 7 three-pointers. After a big bang late in the second half, he joined forward Myles Dread and racked up his 1000th career point as a Nittany Lion. Seth started the 2019-2020 season as a freshman and his shooting was a big reason for this team’s success. He stayed true to the program despite two coaching changes and remained one of the hardest working players at both ends for Penn State Game In and Game Out. We congratulate him on this fantastic achievement.

Penn State Basketball hit 18 threes tonight, matching the program record they set in the first game of the season against Winthrop. In that game the 3s came from 7 different players but tonight it was only 5. Seth Lundy and Andrew Funk hit 7 each and combined for a paltry 14 3s. They were both on fire all night and routinely drove a few paces behind the line, including a logo created by Funk midway through the second half. This game was important to get Funk back into rhythm. He shot a combined 2-13 against Michigan and Purdue. Productive shooting was also not due to a high number of attempts. The team as a whole shot an insane 58% from deep, while Seth and Funk also hit that mark from downtown.

Penn State’s defense looked a lot better tonight compared to the last game against Purdue. Assigned to guard big man Trayce Jackson-Davis, Senior Senior Indiana, Freshman Kebba Njie really held his own. He held Jackson-Davis to 40% of the field with 14 points. Both totals are well below his season totals. The rotations were on time all night and Indiana just couldn’t get the shots they wanted. Thanks to a great outside defense, they could only get 14 shots from deep and they only hit 4. Penn State was able to win the turnover fight again as well, forcing 10 tonight.

Pickett and Wynter both played more of a traditional point guard role, with Lundy and Funk handling most of the scoring. They combined for 14 assists and helped fuel the offense throughout the night while attacking the inside to free the shooters. Evan Mahaffey was once again a nice spark from the bank. He scored a career-high 12 points with a perfect 4-4 shooting from the field. Fouls remain a problem for the freshman forward, but his rush and defensive ability are just too great to remain on the bench. Evan took on most of the ball handling responsibilities for his high school and he shows it when he’s in it. He often initiates offense, allowing Penn State to cover looks more easily and keep the defense guessing what’s coming.

Penn State Basketball will be looking to keep the hot shooting going when they travel to Madison, Wisconsin next Tuesday, January 17th. The game will take place at 8:30 p.m. EST and will be televised on Big Ten Network.

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