Penn St. 69, Iowa 64

Tim Frazier scored 18 points and Penn State withstood a 3-point

shooting barrage in the second half by Iowa’s Matt Gatens to hold

on for a 69-64 victory on Thursday night.

Trailing 66-63 with 49 seconds left, Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe

missed two foul shots and Jon Graham was fouled at the other end

for Penn State (12-15, 4-10 Big Ten). The redshirt freshman forward

hit two free throws for a five-point lead, spurring a silent Jordan

Center crowd into raucous cheers.

Basabe missed another foul shot with 7 seconds left and Cammeron

Woodyard went 1 of 2 from the line to seal the win.

Gatens hit 5 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc in the second

half. He scored 11 straight for Iowa (13-13, 5-8) at one point to

help narrow a 16-point deficit to two with 2:40 left.

Gatens finished with a game-high 21 points.

He missed all five of his field-goal attempts in the first half

before his second-half spurt, sinking shots from wide open in the

corner or with a defender’s hand in his face from the wing.

Penn State went cold on the other end going scoreless for

four-plus minutes as coach Patrick Chambers watched his team’s big

lead get whittled away.

But the rebuilding Nittany Lions held on down the stretch for

their second straight Big Ten win despite getting outscored in the

second half 40-31.

Frazier, Penn State’s sparkplug, coolly led his team down the

stretch, before Graham and Woodyard stepped up at the foul line

late. Frazier added four assists and four steals.

Graham, already having one of the best games of his young

career, added to his short highlight reel with his two key foul

shots. Graham finished with 10 points and six rebounds, and went 3

of 3 from the field. Woodyard added 13 points.

Aaron White added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa, while

Basabe finished with seven points and three rebounds off the