Despite sitting in a tie atop the Big Ten standings with the Iowa Hawkeyes, many still questioned if the Hoosiers were a real threat to win the Big Ten title.
Those questions will only get louder after Indiana was shocked Saturday night in Happy Valley, upset by Penn State, 68-63.
The normally high-powered Hoosiers shot poorly, a season-low 36.2 percent on the game and just 30.4 percent in the second half, and turned the ball over 15 times leading to 19 points for the Nittany Lions. The conference's highest-scoring team — Indiana came in averaging 84.1 points per game — was held to just 34 points in the first half and even lower total of 29 in the second half.
The game was extremely close throughout, neither side leading by more than six, and the two teams were tied for nearly 11 minutes of gameplay.
After playing tight for the entirety, Penn State had a five-point lead with six and a half minutes to play. Indiana then scored six straight, getting a 3-pointer from Nick Zeisloft during that stretch. Brandon Taylor hit a 3 to stop that run, giving the Lions back the lead at 58-56 with a little more than three minutes to play. About a minute later, Zeisloft hit two free throws to tie the game at 58, and the game was again tied after Thomas Bryant answered Payton Banks' triple with an old-fashioned three-point play with about a minute and a half to go.
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Julian Moore's three-point play at the 1:13 mark put Penn State ahead for good, but there was plenty of sweating still to be done. Bryant hit a pair of free throws before Shep Garner split a pair from the line, making it a one-point game. But Garner made three of his last four free throws as Indiana went the final minute and a half without a made field goal.
Taylor had a huge night for the Lions, scoring 24 points on 10 made shots. Devin Foster joined him in double figures with a career-high 13 points, and Garner finished with 12.
Zeisloft led the Hoosiers with 14 points, hitting a quartet of 3-pointers. Yogi Ferrell had 13 points but turned the ball over five times. Bryant finished with 10 points.
After straddling non-conference and conference play with a 12-game winning streak, Indiana has dropped two of its last four games to fall to 19-5 overall and 9-2 in the league. Next up is a huge game against conference-leading Iowa on Thursday in Bloomington.
Penn State stopped a four-game losing streak with the victory, moving to 12-12 overall and 3-8 in Big Ten play. Next up is a road trip to take on Nebraska next weekend.