PSU Surges Past Hawks

Talor Battle and Jeff Brooks scored 45 of Penn State's points in a 65-51 win against Iowa on Wednesday night.

Iowa started strong but wilted in the second half of a 65-51 loss at Penn State on Wednesday night. The Hawkeyes continued to struggle with offensive consistency and rebounding.

"At the start, I thought we were ready to play," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said on his radio postage show. "We executed. We competed defensively. We got a lead.

"Then, the last five or six minutes of the first half, our energy level wained. It wasn't what it needed to be. We got in (to halftime) down one. We should never have been down one. After that, we trade (baskets) for a while and did not have the defensive intensity needed to win a basketball game on the road."

The Nittany Lions finished the first half on a 10-0 run to take that one-point lead into the intermission. They out-rebounded the visitors, 30-21, in the game.

"It's a mindset," McCaffery said on the radio. "At times, we'll have a small lineup out there because we're having trouble scoring. That will happen and that will be part of the reason.

"But the reality is that it's got to be a collective mindset by five players to rebound the basketball when we're on the road and in a dogfight. That didn't happen tonight."

Penn State stars Talor Battle (23) and Jeff Brooks (22) combined for 45 of the team's 65 points.

"Again, the two key guys were the two key guys," McCaffery said on the radio. "That can't happen."

Senior Jarryd Cole paced Iowa with 11 points while junior Matt Gatens added 10. Bryce Cartwright scored nine and dished out eight assists in a losing effort.

Starter Eric May continued his inconsistent play for Iowa, scoring three points in 22 minutes. Fellow starter Melsahn Basabe was hampered by foul trouble. The freshman scored four points and had two rebounds in 20 minutes.

"He's got to focus defensively," McCaffery said of Basabe. "We kept taking him out in the second half because he wasn't executing the defensive game plan. He was on the wrong side of his man. He had no awareness of where Battle was. He played like a freshman tonight. He's a good player. We love him. He's going to be terrific. Tonight wasn't one of his better games."

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