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Nittany Lions fall to Indiana in overtime in men’s basketball

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Penn State men’s basketball team overcame a 12-point deficit at Indiana in the waning minutes of regulation to force overtime, but the Nittany Lions eventually dropped a tough road contest, 87-85, Wednesday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Nittany Lions (3-4, 0-3) had a pair of chances on the last possession to send the game to a second overtime, but were unable to convert. Indiana’s Rob Phinisee made an extremely tough, contested jumper to give the Hoosiers (6-4, 1-2) the two-point lead that ended up standing as the game-winning basket. Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis finished the night with a game-high 21 points.

Penn State junior guard Myreon Jones scored 14 of his team-best 20 points in the first half and combined with senior guard Jamari Wheeler’s basket for Penn State’s five overtime points. Junior guard Sam Sessoms tied his Penn State best with 17 points and scored seven-straight points to give Penn State an 80-79 lead with 28 seconds left. Jackson-Davis drew a foul and went to the line, making the first free throw, but missing the second to leave the score tied at 80 at the end of regulation.

Four Nittany Lions finished the night with double-figure scoring. Izaiah Brockington had 15 and sophomore forward Seth Lundy scored 10, all 10 coming in the second half off 4-6 shooting from the field.

“I am really proud of the effort our guys gave tonight,” said Penn State interim coach Jim Ferry. “I felt we really scrapped. We played extremely hard, especially in that second half to give ourselves an opportunity to win on the road against a very good Indiana team. I felt the defensive effort down the stretch was really, really good, and we trusted each other and made plays. We made though baskets to try to give ourselves a chance to win the basketball game.”

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