Jan. 22, 2012
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Penn State at Indiana
Jan. 22, 2012
IU leads the all-time series against Penn State, 30-9, and swept the season series. It is the first season sweep in head coach Tom Crean's tenure.
Indiana shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) in the second half, the fourth time it has shot over 60 percent in a half this season. IU shot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the first half at Nebraska on Jan. 19.
The Hoosiers held Penn State to 34.0 percent (17-of-50) shooting, the lowest percentage for a Big Ten opponent this season. It is the second straight game Indiana has held an opponent under 38.0 percent (Nebraska, 37.7).
Indiana held Penn State without a field goal for a stretch of more than eight minutes in the second half. Penn State was 0-of-9 from the field from the 17:11 mark until they connected on a 3-pointer at the 9:01 mark.
After trailing in rebounds, 18-12, at halftime, the Hoosiers outrebounded the Nittany Lions, 19-12, in the second half for a 31-30 edge.
Indiana had 14 second-chance points on eight offensive rebounds, while Penn State had eight points on 15 offensive rebounds.
The Hoosiers also held an advantage in points in the paint (30-16), points off turnovers (7-6) and fastbreak points (2-0).
Penn State's 16 points in the paint are the fewest for an Indiana Big Ten opponent this season. The Nittany Lions five assists were also the fewest for a Hoosiers conference foe and tied the lowest for any opponent this year.
Indiana turned the ball over just nine times, the fourth time this season the team has held the total under 10 and the first time since (Howard, eight on Dec. 19).
Freshman Cody Zeller led the Hoosiers with 18 points to go along with a career-high tying four blocks (Stetson on Dec. 4), four rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes. He hit 7-of-8 from the floor and all four of his free throw attempts. Zeller has reached double figures 18 times in 20 games this season.
Junior Jordan Hulls scored all 14 of his points in the second half. He also contributed four rebounds, three assists, three steals, zero turnovers and hit all six of his free throws in a team-high 33 minutes. Hulls has reached double digits 41 times in his career.
Junior Christian Watford poured in 11 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. Today marked his 60th career game in double figures. He now has 1,086 career points and is nine points behind Daryl Thomas for 38th on IU all-time list.
Indiana has had at least three players in double figures 18 times in 20 games this year.
Senior Verdell Jones III had four points, three assists and zero turnovers. With his four points, Jones moved into sole possession of 25th on the Hoosiers all-time scoring list with 1,276. Tom Bolyard sits 24th with 1,299. In his last two games, Jones has eight assists and only one turnover.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo recorded eight points and six rebounds in 28 minutes. He drilled both of his field goals and all four free throws and delivered one assist with two steals.
Sophomore Will Sheehey led all Hoosiers off the bench with eight points in 14 minutes.
Senior Matt Roth hit a pair of 3-pointers for his six points in 15 minutes.
Junior Derek Elston added four points and six boards in 11 minutes.