Hoosiers handle Nittany Lions

Penn State ran into one of the nation's top teams Monday night in the Bryce Jordan Center and did not have an answer in a 74-51 loss. Indiana used a balanced attack to open up a big first-half lead and did not allow the Nittany Lions to make a comeback during a sloppy second half by both squads. Penn State, which trailed by double digits for the final 32 minutes, fell to 0-2 in conference play while the Hoosiers improved to 14-1 and 2-0 in Big Ten play.

Ross Travis had 14 points to lead Penn State in Monday's loss to Indiana.

Top performers: Christian Watford led four Hoosiers in double figures with 16 points and 7-footer Cody Zeller added 15 on just seven shots. Jordan Hulls had 14 points for the Hoosiers.

Ross Travis scored 14 points in 39 minutes for Penn State and Jermaine Marshall added 11 points and seven rebounds.

What went right: The Nittany Lions were aggressive and persistent, though consistently outmatched, at the defensive end and forced 17 Hoosier turnovers. Penn State out-rebounded Indiana 35-33. The Nittany Lions, as they have for the majority of the last two seasons under Patrick Chambers, played with effort throughout.

What went wrong: The home team had no offensive flow and missed uncountable shots from point-blank range. Foul trouble kept Brandon Taylor from getting involved in the offense, D.J. Newbill had his worst shooting night (3-of-15 from the field) of the season and big men Sasa Borovnjak and Jon Graham had little impact. The Nittany Lions shot 29 percent in the second half and 32 percent on the evening -- not a recipe for taking down the nation's highest-scoring team. Penn State committed 19 turnovers, which led to 19 Hoosier points, and gave up open dunks and open 3-pointers.

Statworthy: The Hoosiers have won the last four games in the series, which they now lead 32-9. … Freshman forward Donovon Jack, who had five points and two rebounds, has logged at least eight minutes in each of the last five games. … Indiana made half of its 16 3-point tries, getting three from Watford. Penn State was 5-of-18 from the arc (28 percent), getting two threes from Travis.

Quotable: "I think we've got a group of guys that two games into the league truly understand there's a lot of room to get better. It's one thing to know that as a coaching staff; it's a whole different thing for players to understand that." -- Indiana coach Tom Crean

"They were a real solid team on defense. They stick to what they do on defense and they do it well." -- Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall, after Penn State shot 32 percent against Indiana

"There's a reason why they're top five in the country. But our freshmen gotta grow up. There's no time for gimmicks. It's January. We've got our foundation in." -- Penn State coach Patrick Chambers

"This is the beauty of the Big Ten -- no time to feel sorry for yourself. We gotta get right back to work tomorrow." -- Chambers

Summary: The Hoosiers flexed enough of their collective muscle during a 44-point first half (putting up 31 of those points in the opening 10 minutes) to show that they were on a different playing field than the Nittany Lions, who might have been able to make things a little interesting after Indiana's ugly second-half start had they been able to convert more of the Hoosier turnovers into points. Penn State did not bring its "A" game or even its "B" game, though, in front of one of what will likely be its bigger home crowds of the season. This team can't afford off nights from more than one or two of its players against any Big Ten opponent and plenty of Nittany Lions had off nights Monday. Chambers will crack his knuckles and get back to work to prepare his squad for a Northwestern team that won't be anywhere near as good as Indiana but will be good enough to dispatch Penn State here Thursday if the Nittany Lions aren't ready to play.

Up next: Penn State will host Northwestern at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Bryce Jordan Center.

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