BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Marshall Strickland scored 22 points,
including seven 3-pointers and a clinching free throw with 20
seconds to go, as Indiana snapped a five-game losing streak with a
69-65 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night.
It was Indiana's second game and first at home since coach Mike
Davis said last week that he would step down at the end of the
The Hoosiers (14-10, 6-7 Big Ten), who had lost seven of their
past eight games, overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half,
built their lead to seven points early in the final period and held
off a late rally by the Nittany Lions (13-12, 5-9).
A basket by Penn State's Jamelle Cornley tied the game at 63
before Strickland hit his career-high seventh 3-pointer with just
over a minute to play.
Travis Parker then hit two free throws for the Lions with 45
seconds left, but after a turnover by Indiana's Marco Killingsorth,
Geary Claxton missed a shot and the Hoosiers rebounded. Strickland
was immediately fouled and hit one of two foul shots for a 67-65
Penn State, which beat Indiana 71-68 at State College last week,
has never won in 13 games in Assembly Hall.
Killingsworth added 14 points for the Hoosiers. Claxton led Penn
State with 19 points, and Parker added 15, all but two in the
Indiana got most of its scoring on 3-pointers. The Hoosiers hit
15 shots from long range to just six baskets from inside the arc.
The Hoosiers' first three baskets were all 3-pointers for a 9-3
lead in the first two minutes. But Penn State's next four baskets
were also 3-pointers, including two by Claxton. A basket by Cornley
completed a 14-2 run for a 17-11 Penn State lead.
Indiana rallied in the final four minutes of the half. Earl
Calloway's third 3-pointer put the Hoosiers in front for the first
time since the game's opening minutes, but a basket by Parker with
35 seconds left gave Penn State a 35-34 lead at the break.
Two more 3-pointers by Strickland put Indiana back in front
early in the second half, and there were four more lead changes
before Indiana took control in the final minutes.
Strickland's 22 points made him the 40th Indiana player to score
at least 1,000 points in a career. He now has 1,007.