Penn State's road woes continued Wednesday night in Bloomington, as the Nittany Lions shot 33 percent in a 72-49 loss to No. 7 Indiana. The Hoosiers made their first five 3-point tries of the second half and finished 11 of 20 from the arc. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions (8-11, 0-7 Big Ten) connected on 2 of 14 shots from the arc.
Marshall had 12 points Wednesday but was just 1-of-5 from 3-point range..
Top performers: Guards D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall had 18 and 12 points, respectively, for the Nittany Lions.
Victor Oladipo had 19 points for Indiana (17-2, 5-1), which also got a career-high 15 points from Yogi Ferrell. Will Sheehey had 12 points off the bench on just six shots.
What went right: Penn State kept Indiana's offense, particularly stars Zeller and Watford, quiet for much of the game and played solid team defense, blocking the Hoosiers at the rim on several occasions. The Nittany Lions kept their turnovers down, for the most part, which limited Indiana's opportunities in transition. Jon Graham had a few solid moments, registering five points and a couple of blocks off the bench.
What went wrong: What has been one of the nation's most lethargic offenses looked out-of-sorts from the get-go. The Nittany Lions struggled to generate open shots and once again had trouble making them from anywhere. Once again, no one stepped up to help Newbill and Marshall with the scoring. Penn State has guarded the defensive boards well this season but gave the Hoosiers numerous second-chance opportunities. The Lions had trouble guarding the 3-point shot in the halfcourt as well as in transition.
Statworthy: Indiana shot twice as many free throws (37) as Penn State did (18). … Newbill had seven rebounds and four of the Nittany Lions' seven assists but eight of their 16 turnovers. … The Hoosiers won the rebounding battle 37-27 and grabbed 13 offensive boards.
Summary: Once again, the Nittany Lions showed exactly how much separates them from the Big Ten's top teams -- a lot. Energy levels weren't a problem for the Lions but the Hoosiers' man-to-man prevented them from developing any sort of offensive rhythm, and though Cody Zeller had just two points, Indiana's role players were more than up to the task. Penn State racked up 29 personal fouls, some of them on questionable calls but most as a result of bad defensive position. Patrick Chambers wants his team to be the best it can be by season's end. He had better hope that the version he saw Wednesday night, in one of the nation's toughest places to play, wasn't it.
Up next: The Nittany Lions return to the Bryce Jordan Center to host Ohio State at noon Saturday.
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