Dec. 27, 2010
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Jeff Brooks had a career-high 23 points and Talor Battle added 19 to help Penn State hold off Indiana 69-60 on Monday night.
The Nittany Lions had built a 14-point first half advantage at 30-16 with 6:16 left in the first half. However the Hoosiers chipped away at the lead and trailed 34-25 at halftime.
"Well the one thing you never want to do to a team when they are on the road is let them come in and have hope right away and we did that. We were a step slow on some shots and they made shots."
The Nittany Lions (8-4, 1-0 Big Ten) and Hoosiers (9-5, 0-1) were playing each other for the only time this season.
Indiana chased the rest of the night, finally taking the lead at 48-47 when Maurice Creek put in a layup with 8:46 to go. It was the third straight basket for him on the evening.
But Brooks answered with back-to-back baskets and the Nittany Lions never trailed again.
The Hoosiers would once again cut the lead to 53-52 with 3:44 left, but Battle buried a long three-pointer which took the wind out of IU's sails.
"Some shots didn't go for us, but we got our energy picked up," added Crean. I don't think there was one doubt in our mind. I know there wasn't in mine and I could tell by the way that the players play that we were going to come back in the game."
IU sophomore Verdell Jones had 15 points and freshman Victor Oladipo scored 14 points in his first career start. Sophomore Jordan Hulls added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.
"We lost the game because I do really believe we lost some belief at the very end of this game that we could come back and finish it off," noted Crean. We've got to grow through that. That's where the old wounds and the old scars of getting close and not being able to pull it off came back and got us and we've got to grow through that. That's been the basis of my entire conversation with this team is that we're not going back to those days and we're not going to relive those."
The Hoosiers will host #2 Ohio State on New Years Eve at 6 p.m.