Hoosiers Drop a Close One in Overtime on the Road at Penn State
March 9, 2008
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - David Jackson tied the game in regulation with a 3-point play and hit a decisive bucket in overtime to help Penn State rally from an eight-point second half deficit in a 68-64 victory over No. 18 Indiana on Sunday.
Stanley Pringle hit one of two foul shots to put Penn State up 67-64 with 15 seconds left in overtime, and Indiana's D.J. White secured the rebound. Armon Bassett missed an open 3 from the wing, and Pringle lunged out of bounds to try to save the ball but ended up throwing it to Eric Gordon, who finished with a game-high 26 points.
He missed a 3 to tie with about 3 seconds left. Talor Battle added a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining to send the Hoosiers to their second straight road loss.
Fans rushed the court after Penn State (15-15, 7-11 Big Ten) won its fifth straight home game and secured seventh place in the Big Ten. Indiana (25-6, 14-4) missed an opportunity to clinch the second seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
Jackson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Battle added 10 points. Big Ten Player of the Year candidate D.J. White finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, his 19th double-double of the season. Junior Kyle Taber aqlso had a career-high 10 rebounds and two blocked shots that keyed IU defensively.
Jackson had muscled his way through the paint to convert an offensive rebound to put Penn State ahead for good, 63-61 with 1:51 left in overtime
Kyle Taber hit one of two from the foul line to put Indiana ahead 58-55 with 1:42 left before Jackson's 3-point play with 22.9 seconds left tied the game, completing the Nittany Lions' rally from an eight-point deficit.
With a tense crowd on its feet, Indiana interim coach Dan Dakich then put the ball in Gordon's hands to try to win in regulation, but his jumper in the lane rattled off the rim and Jackson secured the rebound as the buzzer sounded.
The Nittany Lions also upset then-No. 8 Michigan State at home on Feb. 2.
Gordon nearly single-handedly got the Hoosiers back in the game after Indiana went the first 5:29 of the second half without a field goal to trail 36-30. A 3-point play and three 3-pointers by Gordon during a 14-0 run put Indiana ahead 46-38 with 11 minutes left in regulation.
Penn State's less-heralded first-year players kept the Nittany Lions in the game. Freshman Jeff Brooks converted an offensive rebound to start an 8-0 run that was finished by fellow freshman Andrew Jones' own putback to tie the game at 46 with less than 9 minutes left.
Indiana closed out the Big Ten regular season and will be the third seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers will play #6 Minnesota or #11 Northwestern at 9 p.m., at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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