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Scrappiness not enough for Penn State

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Scrappiness not enough for Penn State


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana coach Archie Miller gave his team one basic instruction Tuesday night.

Find a way to win.

The Hoosiers seem to have figured it out. Juwan Morgan cleaned up on the dirty work by scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds, Josh Newkirk finished with 16 points and Devonte Green made four free throws in the final 7.5 seconds to seal a 74-70 victory over Penn State.

"Right now, it's about playing to win, going out and getting wins," Miller said. "Tonight, against a good Penn State team, I thought we played to win. We weren't great by any stretch of the imagination, but we were locked in."

Easy? No way.

But playing with passion, precision, poise and pride is precisely what Indiana's new coach has been stressing and the results are starting to show.

The Hoosiers (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten) have strung together back-to-back wins for the first time in conference play this season and have won four of five -- their best stretch of the season.

While the stats and style points left plenty to be desired, the consistency Miller has been searching for was there.

"We have done that twice, had the big win and then a falloff and we addressed that," said Collin Hartman, who had 10 points and five rebounds despite playing with a brace around his sore right shoulder. "That's something we have to get better at and continue to work on and that is you have to come ready every day."

It was that kind of game.

Newkirk departed with 8:38 to play, had his mouth and nose checked by team doctors and returned for the closing minutes after being cleared.

Morgan, meanwhile, started fast and finished strong as he continued to match up with bigger, stronger players as center De'Ron Davis continues to recover from an injured lower right leg.

And Green, who continues to figure out his role, scored seven of his 13 points in the final 6:20.

Penn State (12-6, 2-3) sure didn't make it easy, though.

After Robert Johnson's 3-pointer gave Indiana a 47-36 lead with 15:15 to go, the Nittany Lions charged back with a 7-2 spurt and made it 56-53 on Carr's short floater with 7:22 left.

Indiana answered with a basket from Morgan and Green's 3.

The Nittany Lions continued fighting back. They got within four twice in the final minute and then made it 70-67 on Tony Carr's 3-pointer with 8 seconds left. After two free throws from Green, Nazeer Bostick made another 3 with 1.5 seconds left to close to 72-70 before Green sealed it with two free throws.

Carr finished with 28 points and Lamar Stevens had 20.

"We're going to compete that's for sure, but we've got to learn how to finish now." Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.

Big picture
Penn State: Stevens and Carr could cause matchup problems for most Big Ten teams, and the Nittany Lions' defense will make things tough, too. Penn State certainly has improved, but they can't afford to be missing key pieces as they did Tuesday.

Indiana: It was a gritty, gutsy performance for the Hoosiers, the kind Miller enjoys watching. He knew the Hoosiers needed to play tough on both ends of the floor. Though they were far from perfect, they were good enough.

Key numbers
Penn State: The Nittany Lions are 3-20 all-time at Assembly Hall. ... Mike Watkins had 10 points and 12 rebounds. ... Stevens had seven rebounds. ... Penn State shot 50 percent from the field, was 6 of 14 on 3s, but had 14 turnovers.

Indiana: The Hoosiers have won 11 straight in the series when scoring at least 72 points. ... Johnson had 10 points and five rebounds. ... The Hoosiers bench had a 25-1 scoring advantage. ... Indiana was 6 of 27 on 3s and had nine turnovers.

Missing piece
Penn State played short-handed Tuesday because guard Josh Reaves didn't make the trip.

Shortly before the game, the athletic department issued a statement on the absence.

"He remained in State College to attend to some academic concerns," it said, noting the team hoped Reaves would only miss one game.

Reaves averages 10.8 points and is a key defender. He was ranked 15th nationally in steals (2.47) and needs two more to move into the top 10 on Penn State's career list.

Up next
Penn State: Hosts Nebraska on Friday.

Indiana: Plays its second straight home game Sunday against Northwestern.

Indiana at No. 4 Penn State: Nittany Lions seek best start in nearly a decade


Indiana at No. 4 Penn State: Nittany Lions seek best start in nearly a decade

No. 4 Penn State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. Indiana (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten)
Beaver Stadium, State College
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Scouting Penn State
The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions (4-0) nipped Iowa 21-19 last week, when Trace McSorley hit wide receiver Juwan Johnson, a native of Glassboro, N.J., for a seven-yard touchdown as time expired. Running back Saquon Barkley, who leads the FBS with an average of 253.3 all-purpose yards per game, piled up a school-record 358 against the Hawkeyes, including 211 on the ground, on 28 attempts. He has rushed for 518 yards (7.8 per carry), and has 23 receptions for a Big Ten-leading 335 yards. Defensive end Shareef Miller, a Philadelphia native, leads the team with six tackles for loss, two sacks and two hurries. He recorded a safety last week against the Hawkeyes, while wearing No. 19 in honor of fellow end Torrence Brown, who has been lost for the season with a knee injury.

Scouting Indiana
Morgan Ellison ran 25 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the Hoosiers (2-1) beat Georgia Southern 52-17 last week. J-Shun Harris, who is third in the FBS with an average of 26.1 yards per punt return, also ran one back for a touchdown for the second straight week. The Hoosiers rested four starters in the game, and saw four regulars depart for health reasons, including starting quarterback Richard Lagow. Lagow is, however, expected to play this week. He has clicked on 58 percent of his passes, for 564 yards and four touchdowns, with three interceptions. His backup, Peyton Ramsey, has also played in all three games to date. Wide receiver Simmie Cobbs, who missed most of last season because of injury, has 18 catches. Linebacker Tegray Scales has 26 tackles.

The Lions lead the all-time series 19-1, and emerged with a 45-31 victory last year in Bloomington.

Storyline to watch
Indiana bottled up Barkley last year, limiting him to 58 yards on 33 attempts. The Lions nonetheless rallied from deficits of 24-14 and 31-28, as McSorley threw for 332 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a score.

What’s at stake?
PSU has not been 5-0 since 2008, when it shared the conference title.

Penn State 42, Indiana 21