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Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, and Yogi Ferrell added a season-high 15 to help No. 7 Indiana rout Penn State 72-49 on Wednesday night.
The Hoosiers (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) survived a sluggish shooting first half with strong defense and used a fast second-half start to reassert their dominance in this series that has included only two home losses for Indiana..
Will Sheehey added 12 points for the Hoosiers, who matched a season-high by making 11 3s in a game.
D.J. Newbill had 18 points and Jermaine Marshall finished with 12 to lead Penn State (8-11, 0-7), which has lost seven straight overall and 12 straight on the road in league play. Their last Big Ten road win came March 6, 2011, at Minnesota. They lost both times to Indiana this season by 23 points.
But this was not the typical Indiana script.
On a night preseason All-America Cody Zeller had no baskets for the first time in his career and finished with a career-low two points, the Hoosiers locked up the Nittany Lions' on defense.
Penn State shot just 33.3 percent from the field, and struggled in the first half when it managed only one 3-pointer, shot 29.6 percent, had five players each called for two fouls and produced only 19 points - matching Ball State and Coppin State for the second-lowest point total in any half this season against Indiana. Northwestern scored only 17 points in the first half of the Hoosiers' 67-59 win Sunday.
It could have been even worse.
Indiana scored the first seven points of the game, then used runs of 8-2 and 12-5 to take a 33-19 halftime lead despite making only 8 of 14 free throws.
The Hoosiers wasted no seizing control in the second half, going on an 8-0 run over the first 65 seconds to extend the lead to 41-19.
With Indiana knocking down 6 of 8 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes, the Nittany Lions had no chance.
They got as close as 44-27 with 16:42 to play, but Indiana went on an 11-3 spurt to make it 55-32 and Penn State never seriously challenged again.
The Hoosiers have won two straight since losing last week to Wisconsin and are 12-1 at home this season.
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Yogi Ferrell (15 points), Victor Oladipo (19 points, six rebounds, five assists) and Will Sheehey (12 points) met with the media following Indiana’s 72-49 win over Penn State on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:
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On a night, the Nittany Lions held Cody Zeller without a basket for the first time in his college career, Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, Yogi Ferrell had a season-high 15 and the seventh-ranked Hoosiers made 11 3-pointers in a 72-49 rout.
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The Hoosiers hit eight straight 3-pointers in Wednesday night’s 72-49 win against Penn State, which included two late in the first half and six straight to start the second. Will Sheehey, who’s offense game has struggled some of late, hit three in this stretch to help him get back in rhythm. Yogi Ferrell, who opposing defenses such as Wisconsin have sagged on of late, also contributed...
The Hoosiers completed a regular season sweep of Penn State with a 72-49 win on Wednesday night in Assembly Hall. Indiana has now won five straight over the Nittany Lions. The win moved Indiana, now 5-1 in the conference, to just a half game back of Michigan State, which visits Bloomington on Sunday.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s comfortable win:
· Yogi Ferrell built...