These were the same Nittany Lions who blew a 15-point second-half lead in a 79-76 loss to the Hoosiers at the Jordan Center Jan. 11. And the same Lions who saw an inability to inbound the ball play a part in at least two conference defeats.
Wednesday, however, the clumsy sneakers were on the other foot.
Down 13 (54-41) with 11:21 remaining, Penn State dominated play the rest of the way to break a two-game losing streak and improve to 13-12 on the season and 4-8 in the conference. PSU has won four of its last six games.
The Lions actually trailed 65-56 with 2:06 left before four Hoosier turnovers -- including two due to an inability to inbound the ball vs. the PSU press -- led to a 10-0 Penn State run that ended the game.
The Lions trailed 65-63 with less than 20 seconds remaining when guard John Johnson drove to the basket. Though IU forward Austin Etherington left his feet and actually jumped into Johnson well outside the charge circle, the Nittany Lion was called for an offensive foul with 16 seconds left.
Penn State pressed on the inbound play, and Lion guard Tim Frazier dove to steal Will Sheehey's pass. Frazier dished to forward Ross Travis, who was fouled and made one of two free throws to cut it to 65-64.
Again Penn State pressed. This time Noah Vonieh threw a long pass that was stolen by Lion D.J. Newbill, and with 12 seconds left PSU called timeout.
Frazier crossed up Hoosier guard Yogi Ferrell and ended up with a driving layup with six seconds left to give PSU its only lead of the game.
It held up when Ferrell's awkward shot at the buzzer missed the mark.
Frazier led the Lions with 14 points, six assists and four steals, while forwards Donovan Jack and Brandon Taylor each added 10. Newbill, the Big Ten's leading scorer going into the game, was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Ferrell led Indiana (14-10, 4-7) with 16. The Hoosiers finished with 20 turnovers in the game, which led to 22 Nittany Lion points.