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Penn State ends futility at Indiana

Saturday, January 17, 2009

By MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

BLOOMINGTON -- Stanley Pringle scored 19 points, Jamelle Cornley had 17 and Talor Battle added 12 to lead Penn State over Indiana 65-55 Saturday, its first win on the Hoosiers' home court.

The Nittany Lions (14-5, 3-3 Big Ten) never trailed in snapping a 15-game losing streak at Assembly Hall. It also ended a four-game stretch in which Penn State had lost three times.

Indiana (5-12) was led by Devan Dumes with 13 points and Tom Pritchard with 12 but fell into a big hole early and never completely recovered. The Hoosiers, off to their worst start in decades, have lost eight straight, their longest losing streak since 1964.

Their 0-5 start in conference play is the worst since 1944.

For the Hoosiers, the same old problems did them in again. Their shooting was off, their ball-handling suspect and their 3-point defense struggled in the first half. Indiana shot just 37 percent from the field, including 3-of-15 from 3-point range, committed 15 turnovers and allowed Penn State to hit four of its first six 3-pointers.

The Nittany Lions took advantage by breaking to a 14-5 lead in the first seven minutes and extending the margin to as much as 31-19 late in the first half.

Despite making only seven of their first 24 shots, the Hoosiers closed the half with four straight points to get within 31-23 at halftime.

In the second half, Indiana looked like it would make a comeback.

It continually cut into an early 10-point second-half deficit, trimming the margin to six five times -- the last coming when Matt Roth hit his second straight 3 with 51.4 seconds to go.

Penn State always seemed to have an answer and it was usually from Pringle, Cornley or Battle.

But when the Nittany Lions threw the inbound pass after Roth's 3 out of bounds, Dumes drove in for a layup to finally get Indiana within 59-55 with 40.4 seconds to go.

Again, Penn State answered.

This time, the Lions closed it out by making 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch.

PENN ST. 65, INDIANA 55

PENN ST. (14-5)

Cornley 7-13 2-3 17, Jones III 1-4 0-0 2, Brooks 2-5 1-2 5, Pringle 6-10 5-6 19, Battle 4-10 2-5 12, Babb 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Morrissey 2-5 2-2 7, Ott 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 22-48 15-22 65.

INDIANA (5-12)

Pritchard 4-11 4-5 12, Taber 1-5 2-2 4, Jones III 3-8 2-2 8, Williams 5-17 0-0 10, Dumes 4-9 4-5 13, Roth 2-3 0-0 6, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Finkelmeier 1-1 0-0 2, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Story 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 12-14 55.

Halftime--Penn St. 31-23. 3-Point Goals--Penn St. 6-17 (Pringle 2-4, Battle 2-7, Cornley 1-2, Morrissey 1-3, Brooks 0-1), Indiana 3-15 (Roth 2-3, Dumes 1-3, Taber 0-1, Pritchard 0-1, Williams 0-3, Jones III 0-4). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Penn St. 25 (Battle, Brooks, Cornley, Pringle 4), Indiana 32 (Williams 9). Assists--Penn St. 15 (Pringle 6), Indiana 8 (Jones III 4). Total Fouls--Penn St. 15, Indiana 18. A--15,626.



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