Postgame Notes- Indiana vs. Penn State- Big Ten Tournament First Round
March 12, 2009
Indiana vs. Penn State
- Indiana continues to lead the all-time series with Penn State, 27-7.
- The Hoosiers are 13-6 all-time at Conseco Fieldhouse, 70-15 overall in games played in Indianapolis.
- Indiana is 8-12 in Big Ten Tournament games.
- The Hoosiers are now 3-1 in Big Ten Tournament first-round games and 1-1 against Penn State in Tournament action.
- The Hoosiers were without the services of junior guard Devan Dumes who missed his second-straight game due to injury.
- Freshman guard Verdell Jones III had 15 of Indiana's 25 first-half points.
- All 13 dressed players on the IU bench saw game action.
- Jones tied his career high with 23 points, matching the mark he set in the Hoosiers' last game vs. Wisconsin. He was 7-of-11 from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range. Jones was also 5-for-5 from the charity stripe, the sixth time this season he hit all his free throw attempts.
- Jones' four three-point baskets are a season high and mark his fifth game this year with multiple three pointers. His four treys ties Indiana's Big Ten Tournament single-game record (A.J. Guyton).
- Jones was a perfect 6-for-6 from three-point range over the final two games of the year.
- Jones ends the season averaging 16.4 points per game over the final seven games.
- Junior center Tijan Jobe's first points of the game came at 10:38 to play in the second half with a monstrous dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. It was Jobe's first career dunk.
- Four of Jobe's seven points this season came against the Nittany Lions.
- Sophomore guard Brett Finkelmeier made his second start in as many games, as well as just the second of his career. Finkelmeier finished with two points, two assists and one rebound, and tied his career high with 25 minutes played.
- Freshman guard Matt Roth moved into sole possession of fourth place in three-point field goals made by a freshman in a season. He ends the year with 57 treys.
- Senior forward Kyle Taber closed out his Indiana career a perfect 2-for-2 from the field. He tallied five points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes.
- Sophomore guard Michael Santa made his third career appearance. Santa made his first career field goal attempt in the game (0-1).
- Freshman forward Tom Pritchard led the Hoosiers with nine rebounds, five of which came on the offensive glass.
- Pritchard played 36 minutes in the game, the fourth time this season he has been on the court for 35 minutes or more. He was the only Hoosier to start all 31 games this season.
- Freshman guard Nick Williams contributed five points, two rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes of action.
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