The Nittany Lions fell victim to their second-straight loss on Sunday afternoon in Bloomington, as Indiana took home the win in front of the home fans by a final of 68-60. Penn State was able to turn around a 19-point deficit and briefly take the lead in the second half but wasn't able to finish the job in Assembly Hall.
For the Lions, it was the Lamar Stevens show. The senior racked up 29 points shooting 11-of-27 from the field. Myles Dread was the only other Lion to eclipse double-digits with 10 points but went only 2-of-8 from three-point land. John Harrar led the way on the glass with 10 rebounds. Dread and Jamari Wheeler also picked up 2 steals apiece.
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Very little went right for the Lions early on, as the Hoosiers raced out to an early lead that they wouldn't relinquish until the second half. Penn State could do nothing right offensively aside from giving the ball to Stevens.
The second half was very different, as the Lions immediately brought the game back to within three points thanks to a furious rally to start the second frame. The rest of the half would bounce back and forth between each team as they traded scoring runs. There were very few times where it felt like both teams could score at the same time, and in the end, Indiana was the last one to find success getting the ball into the bucket.
The loss caps off a disappointing week for the Lions, losing to both Illinois at home and the Hoosiers on the road after achieving the No. 9 position in the AP Poll. Still, while it doesn't feel great in the short-term, it is worth remembering that the team is still without second-leading scorer Myreon Jones, and better days are ahead.
Next up for Penn State is a home date with Rutgers on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 pm. ET. The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.