Indiana Cruises Past Penn State, 75-56
February 11, 2004State College, Pa. - Led by early three-point shooting and a balanced scoring attack, the Indiana Hoosiers cruised past Penn State, 75-56, at the Bryce Jordan Center Wednesday night. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Indiana as the Hoosiers improve to 12-9 overall, 6-4 in the Big Ten. Penn State drops to 9-11 on the year and 3-6 in conference play.
Three Hoosiers scored in double digits with Bracey Wright finishing with 25, Marshall Strickland with 17 and A.J. Moye with 10.
The Hoosiers got off to an excellent start, as they shot a sizzling 57.1 percent from the three-point range, connecting on a season-high nine three-pointers in the first half. Strickland, who was a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc during the first half, as well as Wright and Roderick Wilmont were all behind the solid shooting effort.
Indiana maintained its steady lead and went up by as much as 19 points, 29-10, at the 8:53 mark. The Nittany Lions began to cut the lead, bringing it to within 10, 37-27, with two minutes left in the first stanza but the Hoosiers would not be silenced. Wright provided excitement as he hit a long jumper at the buzzer to give the Hoosiers a 39-27 lead heading into the break.
Penn State tried to cut into the Indiana lead once again during the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Nittany Lions came within 12 points before Indiana went on a 9-0 run to establish its largest lead of the night, 62-41 at the 8:03 mark. The Hoosiers never allowed the Nittany Lions to get within reach as they match their largest lead of 21 points twice more during the game.
With Indiana enjoying a 20-point lead with five minutes to go, head coach Mike Davis was able to substitute freely, allowing 11 Hoosiers to see action.
The Hoosiers capitalized on Penn State's mistakes as they scored 27 points off its 16 turnovers. By comparison, Indiana committed a season low six turnovers with Penn State coming away with no points.
The Cream and Crimson held Penn State to just 34 percent from the field and 27 percent from the three-point line.
"Tonight we executed offensively and we played really good defense," said head coach Mike Davis. "We took away passing lanes tonight. A lot of times we let the guys catch the basketball, but we emphasized taking away the passes on the wings."
The Nittany Lions were led by Aaron Johnson who finished with a double-double consisting of 28 points and15 rebounds.
The Hoosiers return to the court on Saturday, Feb. 14, when they take on in-state rival Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Game time is set for 4:37p.m. and will be televised on ESPN Plus Regional. The match up can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Todd Leary (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
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