Penn St. 61, Indiana 55
Jeff Brooks finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, Talor
Battle scored 13 and sixth-seeded Penn State held off Indiana 61-55
in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday night.
The win may help Penn State (17-13) make its case with the
NCAA’s selection committee. Four teams, including Penn State,
entered the tournament with 9-9 conference records.
Indiana (12-20) was led by Christian Watford with 15 points. The
Hoosiers closed the season on a nine-game losing streak and with
their third straight losing season – the first time that’s happened
Penn State took a 28-27 lead on Brooks’ buzzer-beating tip just
before the half and followed a similar script in the second half.
Brooks keyed an 11-4 run early in the second half that gave the
Nittany Lions a 42-35 lead, and Andrew Jones scored four points in
a 6-0 run that sealed it.