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