Penn State stunned No. 22 Indiana at the Jordan Center Saturday night, pulling off a 68-63 upset before 10,351 at the Jordan Center.
Forward Brandon Taylor scored a game-high 24 as the Lions broke a four-game losing streak and improved to 12-12 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers, who come into the game tied for the conference lead, fell to 19-5 and 9-2.
"We're excited for this win but we're not gonna get too happy,” Taylor said,
Pat Chambers’ squad executed well down the stretch to earn the victory. It was tied 58-58 with 2:22 remaining, and the Lions never blinked.
“I feel good for these kids,” Chambers said.
State’s Payton Banks hit a triple that was matched by IU big man Bryant Thomas’ conventional three-point play. But then the Lions worked it inside to center Julian Moore, who scored and was fouled (he made the freebie) to make it 64-61 with 1:13 left.
The BJC crowd of 10,351 was rocking. But it did not phase Thomas, who made two more from the stripe.
PSU guard Shep Garner was then fouled on a drive, making one of two to set the tally at 64-63 with 37 seconds to go. The Lions have faltered in many such situations against the Hoosiers down through the years.
But not on this night.
State’s scrambling defense forced Thomas to lose the ball out of bounds. Garner made three free throws in the final 23 seconds to end it.