Indiana had to hold on again Tuesday night to claim a Big Ten men’s basketball victory.
In fact, it wasn’t until the three officials huddled at the replay monitor for what seemed like a long, long time before they decided that Brandon Taylor’s desperation 3-point attempt that went in did so after the buzzer had sounded.
With the shot disallowed, Indiana was able to hang on for a 76-73 victory over Penn State Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.
Robert Johnson was one off a career-high in scoring with 20 points. The freshman guard hit 7-of-11 shots from the field including 4-of-6 3-pointers. It was his highest scoring game of the year since hitting 21 against Texas Southern in November.
Troy Williams added 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Stanford Robinson had his best game of the season with 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Robinson had not scored in double figures in a game this season.
James Blackmon Jr. had 11 points to round out four IU players in double figures.
Indiana played the game without starting forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea who suffered a dislocated knee cap Monday in practice and will be lost for four weeks. Perea could potentially miss nine games.
Indiana (13-4, 3-1 Big Ten) led by 12 points with 6:53 to play after Williams scored on a slam dunk off of an inbounds pass from Yogi Ferrell.
Penn State (12-5, 0-4) came right back and cut the lead to four at 70-66 on a 3-pointer by Shep Garner with 4:07 to play.
Johnson’s final three points of the game came on the next possession, though, when he hit a big 3-pointer from the right wing with 3:52 to play to put IU on top 73-66.
Collin Hartman, who scored eight points, hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:02 remaining to make it 76-69.
After IU was unable to score on a possession with under 20 seconds to play, Penn State had a chance to tie. After taking a timeout with 4.7 seconds remaining, Penn State got it to D.J. Newbill and he hoisted a 3 from the left wing that was off line. The ball rolled into the corner however, and Taylor grabbed it and threw it up and in but it was after the buzzer.