CHICAGO — Penn State defeated Indiana by a final score of 77-73 at the United Center on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
Penn State led at the half 34-26. Indiana was led in the game by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists – all team highs. Tamar Bates added 14 points.
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THREE KEYS TO THE GAME (will be developed)
1. Indiana gets nothing on the perimeter. The Hoosiers went just 2 of 14 from 3-point range. Their main four perimeter players – Jalen Hood-Schifino, Miller Kopp, Trey Galloway and Tamar Bates were 3 of 17 from the field in the first half as IU dug a hole early. Meanwhile, Penn State made eight threes, including a 5-of-9 start, further contributing to a slow start.
2. A Pickett IU fence could not pass. Penn State first-team All-Big Ten Jalen Pickett showed why he earned those honors on Saturday. With his ability to play the back game, the 6-foot-4 Pickett was an enigma IU couldn’t solve. As Indiana worried about the shooters around him, Pickett scored 28 points and added eight rebounds and four assists on just one turnover.
3. Penn State hits offensive glass, wins battle on boards. The Nittany Lions entered the game No. 363 nationally in offensive rebound percentage, but had nine offensive rebounds for 12 second-chance points. They won the overall rebound margin 38-30.
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