Indiana 74, Penn State 57: Nittany Lions Blown out in Third Straight Loss

By Vincent Lungaro on January 26, 2022 at 11:02 pm
Jan 26, 2022; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Trey Galloway (32) is fouled by Penn State Nittany Lions guard Myles Dread (2) during the game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports
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The less said about Penn State's loss to Indiana on Wednesday, the better. 

The Nittany Lions (8-9, 3-6 Big Ten) were dominated by the Hoosiers (15-5, 6-4 Big Ten) in a 74-57 defeat. 

Indiana got off to a lightning fast start, clearly motivated by the loss to Penn State in the first matchup between these two teams and the defeat to Michigan this past Sunday. The Hoosiers raced out to a 17-3 lead in the opening seven minutes as the Nittany Lions offense continued its recent struggles. 

Penn State didn't reach double figures in scoring until the 6:48 mark of the first half on a pair of Greg Lee free throws. 

The lead ballooned to as many as 28 in the first half, with Penn State shooting just 16.7 percent from the field and 10 percent from three in the opening 20 minutes. It wasn't just Indiana out-executing the Nittany Lions, it also out-hustled the away side, which might be the most glaring concern for Shrewsberry and co. The Hoosiers were first to every loose ball, jumped passing lanes at will, and made the necessary extra passes on offense to free up open looks.

The second half was better from an energy standpoint, and Penn State actually outscored Indiana in the second frame to make the final score a bit more respectable than it looked as though it would end up when the Hoosiers headed into the locker room with a 46-17 halftime lead. It was still not nearly enough to overcome the mountainous deficit, though. 

Indiana was unsurprisingly led by Race Thompson and Trayce Jackson-Davis, who followed up his 20-point effort against the Nittany Lions earlier this season by tallying 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. He also added 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Thompson led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting. 

As a team, Indiana had taken the fewest amount of threes in the conference this season, but put together its best 3-point shooting performance of the season. Six different Hoosiers hit a triple. 

Another stagnant offensive display for Penn State saw it fail to reach the 70-point mark for a fifth consecutive game. Turnovers remain a big, big problem for Micah Shrewsberry's team, with the Nittany Lions finishing with 14 of them on the night. That allowed the Hoosiers to score some easy buckets and end up with 16 points off of turnovers. 

Jalen Pickett and John Harrar were the only two Nittany Lions in double figures, recording 14 and 13 points, respectively. 

Penn State is back in action on Monday in another rematch, this one coming at home against Iowa. The Hawkeyes beat the Nittany Lions this past weekend, 68-51.