Penn State rains 3s, extends IUs skid | Indiana University Sports

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Though Indiana entered midweek street competition at Penn State without a win in the last two games, the difference in losses to Iowa and Northwestern was just three points.

Wednesday ended in a similar way for the Hoosiers as the Nittany Lions shooters combined for 18 3-pointers in a 19-point win.

Penn State defeated Indiana, 85-66, at the Bryce Jordan Center to extend the Hoosiers’ carriage to three games.

With contests against Wisconsin (Saturday), Illinois (January 19) and Michigan State (January 22) next up, finding enough traction to get back on your feet will not be an easy task.

“I have to make it,” said Indiana’s coach Mike Woodson. “We have a few young people. Our two veterans are sitting to the side, and they won’t be coming through that door any time soon. I will have to manage it. Our boys are a bit down at the moment and they should be. You got slapped in the face tonight. We don’t compete at all and that’s on me.”

Four Nittany Lions ended in double-digit goals. Seth Lundy scored a game-high 25 points. Andrew Funk added 23. Jalen Pickett and Evan Mahaffey each scored 12 points.

Trayce Jackson-Davis recorded a team-high 14 points for Indiana. Tamar Bates and Jordan Hood-Schifino each scored 11 points. Trey Galloway scored 10 points to round out the Hoosiers’ double-digit scoring tally.

Indiana (10-6, 1-4 Big Ten) led just 5-11 early in the first half after two baskets from Hood-Schifino.

Pickett and Lundy gave the Nittany Lions a 19-15 lead with 7:45 left in the first half. The Hoosiers endured a nearly four-and-a-half minute goal drought before Jackson-Davis ended it with a basket from the post to reduce Indiana’s deficit to four points.

Penn State (12-5, 3-3) found complementary plays for its offense as the Hoosiers’ offensive struggles continued. Funk and Mahaffey contributed field goals as Penn State went on a 13-3 run while Indiana connected just one of his eight tries from the field. Galloway eventually ended the drought with a layup. Galloway finished with 10 points.

Penn State ended the first half by connecting six of their last nine shots. The Nittany Lions were up 48.3% in the first 20 minutes with the Hoosiers up 42.3%.

Indiana started the second half on an 8-0 run, led by six points from Jackson-Davis. Hoosiers shooters opened the period 4-of-5 from the field and came within five points for a 39-39 tie four minutes into the second half.

“Basketball is a running game,” Lundy said. “They took a couple of shots in the second half. We just dug deep and made more stops.”

Funk made his fourth 3-pointer of the contest to take the Nittany Lions’ lead to eight points, and he delivered two more baskets from behind the arc to give Penn State a 52-42 lead with 12:56 remaining. The Bucknell transfer finished 7-of-12 on shots from behind the arc, and the Nittany Lions were 18-of-31 on 3-point attempts.

“We had a good game plan and half of the 3s we’re there with a hand and hoping they miss, instead of just getting in the ball and making it put it down,” Woodson said.

Indiana scored 45.5% in the second period and finished the contest with 44.1%. The Hoosiers were only 4 of 14 (29%) from the 3-point range.

“The momentum comes from stops and we couldn’t find enough stops tonight and we were kind of upset on offense because they kept scoring,” Galloway said. “I think everything starts with defense and we have to get better.”