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

since 1967-70.

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.