Penn State 61, Indiana 58 : Lions Notch Shrewsberry's First Big Ten Win

By Craig Fritz on January 3, 2022 at 1:16 pm
Penn State Forward Seth Lundy Celebrates Beating Indiana Hoosiers
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Penn State (6-5, 1-2) used a huge second-half run to beat Indiana (10-3, 1-2) 61-58 on Sunday in the Bryce Jordan Center. The win was head coach Micah Shrewsberry's first Big Ten Conference victory. 

  1st half 2nd half final
Indiana 26 32 58
Penn State 27 34 61

The Nittany Lions featured a well-round attack, with Jalen Pickett (15 points), Myles Dread (12 points), and Sam Sessoms (10 points) all in double figures. John Harrar and Seth Lundy were major factors on the glass, securing 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively. 

Penn State was deadly from deep in the contest, hitting on 50% (11-22) of its three point attempts. Shrewsberry commented post-game that the team focused on getting more uncontested deep shots against a normally stingy Hoosier defense. Dread took huge advantage of the open looks, nailing 4-5 triples. Pickett highlighted the 3-point barrage with a ridiculous shot clock beater deep in the 2nd half to help maintain the lead:

The Lions also ratcheted up their 3-point defense, allowing Indiana to make just 4 of its 17 attempts (24%). The Hoosiers normally shoot 36.1% from long range, good for 77th nationally. Penn State absorbed 20 points from IU star Trayce Jackson-Davis, but no other Hoosier posted double figures. 

Penn State returns the hardwood on Wednesday in Evanston, Illinois, to take on Northwestern at 9 p.m. EST on BTN.