Scrappiness not enough for Penn State

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Scrappiness not enough for Penn State

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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.

McSorley helps No. 15 Penn State rout Maryland

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McSorley helps No. 15 Penn State rout Maryland

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Trace McSorley completed 12 of 22 passes for 230 yards and had a hand in three touchdowns to help No. 15 Penn State rout Maryland 38-3 on Saturday.

McSorley added 64 rushing yards on 11 carries for the Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP). He threw a 34-yard bullet through freezing rain to KJ Hamler on the game's first play, sprinted downfield to throw a block that opened Miles Sanders up for a 35-yard run on the next, then skipped into the end zone from 3 yards out to cap the quick opening drive.

McSorley added another touchdown run two possessions later when he scrambled through a pair of defenders up the middle for 20 yards and a 14-3 lead.

Ricky Slade added 8- and 1-yard touchdown runs and tight end Pat Freiermuth caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from McSorley in the fourth quarter.

Sanders finished with 128 yards on 14 carries, Hamler caught three passes for 90 yards and Jake Pinegar added a 25-yard field goal for the Nittany Lions who won their third straight.

Tyrrell Pigrome completed 14 of 23 passes for 185 yards but was sacked five times for the Terrapins (5-7, 3-6). They will miss out on a bowl trip for the third time since joining the Big Ten.

Maryland kicker Joseph Petrino booted a 26-yard field goal to break the shutout.

Wheels fall off in Ann Arbor as No. 5 Michigan routs No. 14 Penn State

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Wheels fall off in Ann Arbor as No. 5 Michigan routs No. 14 Penn State

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 5 Michigan wanted to do more than just beat No. 14 Penn State.

The Wolverines wanted to win big, getting revenge after getting routed and humiliated against the Nittany Lions last year.

Michigan got what it wanted.

Shea Patterson accounted for three touchdowns and the Wolverines put together a dominant performance on defense in a 42-7 rout against Penn State on Saturday.

"If we had a chance, we were going to run it up, too," Patterson said.

The Wolverines (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP) moved a step closer toward their goals of winning a conference championship for the first time since 2004 and earning their first spot in the College Football Playoff.

"We're the team to beat in the Big Ten," proclaimed defensive end Chase Winovich , who has said the team is on a revenge tour to beat the four conference teams it lost to last season. "That's not a controversial statement. It's just, I think, that's a fact at this point."

The Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-3, No. 14 CFP) scored with 1:59 left, avoiding getting shut out for the first time since 2001 against Michigan.

"Defensively, they kicked our butts," coach James Franklin said.

Jim Harbaugh did what he could to prevent Penn State from scoring at all, challenging a call on its last drive and calling timeout twice.

Michigan, clearly, was motivated to beat the Nittany Lions after they won 42-13 last year and tried to score a touchdown on its last play.

"It was personal right from the start," Karan Higdon said.

Higdon ran for 132 yards and a score that put the Wolverines up 35-0 early in the fourth quarter. He has run for 100-plus yards in seven straight games, one shy of the school record set by Mike Hart in 2007.

"I think it's time for him to get nominated for some big-time awards," Patterson said.

Michigan's defense held Penn State to 186 yards and forced three turnovers, including Tommy Stevens' interception that was returned 62 yards by Brandon Watson for its second score in the final minute of the third quarter. It was Watson's second pick-6 of the season, joining Lance Dottin (1991) as the only players to do that twice in a year.

The Nittany Lions started banged-up quarterback Trace McSorley and he was 5 of 13 for 83 yards with an interception and a fumble. McSorley played with an injured right knee in last week's win against Iowa. He shared time and rotated with Stevens, who was 3 of 4 for 35 yards. Stevens scored on an 8-yard run late in the game.

"When (Stevens) threw the interception there, we felt like we needed to put Trace back in," Franklin said. "Obviously, you make the decision and you probably could've made the change a little bit earlier. The way they were pressuring us and loading the box, having the ball with Trace's mobility was critical."

Patterson was 11 of 17 for 144 yards with two touchdown passes, a 23-yard throw to Donovan Peoples-Jones in the second quarter and a 7-yard strike to Zach Gentry. He ran 11 times, often on read-option plays , for 42 yards, including a 1-yard TD midway through the first quarter.

"With Shea, they've added another element to their package, getting on the perimeter," Franklin said.