Hoosier Headlines for January 23, 2010: Indiana's road win against Penn State.

  • Hoosiers finally win on road (The Hoosier Scoop)
    "After 13 straight losses in opponents’ gyms, Indiana finally got itself a true road victory on Thursday, knocking off Penn State 67-61 at the Bryce Jordan Center. After blowing a 15-point lead to Minnesota on Sunday before rallying back to win that game in overtime, the Hoosiers seemed to have much more confidence on the road than they had in their first two Big Ten road games this season. They lost junior guard and defensive ace Jeremiah Rivers to a foul-out with 6 minutes to go, and blew an 11-point first half lead, but never trailed and held on for the victory."

  • Hoosiers never trail, win 67-61 at Penn State (Inside the Hall)
    "Winning on the road is never easy. It’s made even tougher when the only player on your roster that’s experienced a conference road win is a walk-on named Brett Finkelmeier. But in what will be looked at down the road as a valuable learning experience for this rebuilding Indiana program, the Hoosiers went to Penn State Thursday night and left with a 67-61 victory. Even more impressive was this: Indiana never trailed en route to victory."

  • Lions fall to 0-6 in the Big Ten (SunGazette.com)
    "Talor Battle's layup with 14 minutes to play didn't give Penn State a 41-40 lead as the scoreboard indicated, it only cut the deficit vs. Indiana to one point. The way the Nittany Lions' Big Ten season is unfolding, there may not be many more chances to show a lead, not after a 67-61 defeat to the Hoosiers Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. The loss left Penn State (8-10, 0-6 Big Ten) owners of one of the worst conference starts in the nation this season. Rutgers is the only other 0-6 team in a BCS conference. Mid-majors Wagner and Boise State, are off to 0-7 starts, while Tennessee-Martin is 0-8."

  • IU earns 1st Big Ten road win (Indiana Daily Student)
    "The 67-61 win was not only coach Tom Crean’s first conference victory outside of Assembly Hall, it was the first time in five meetings – including three times last year – IU beat Penn State. "

  • IU gains confidence before returning home for Iowa (Indiana Daily Student)
    "The Hoosiers have not been favored for a single moment in Big Ten play under IU coach Tom Crean. That might change Sunday in Assembly Hall when IU faces a Hawkeye team without a road win this season."

  • Hoosiers keep composure in important win (Indiana Daily Student)
    "On Wednesday, IU coach Tom Crean told members of the media that Penn State’s 0-5 Big Ten record and 8-9 overall season performance was "misleading." The Nittany Lions had lost a number of close games. But Penn State looked like a junior varsity Big Ten team, if there were such a thing, though IU deserves all the credit for going on the road and beating Ed DeChellis’ squad at the Bryce Jordan Center."

  • IU avoids the crunch (Evansville Courier & Press)
    "The Hoosiers (9-9, 3-3 Big Ten) led by nine with 6:20 left but couldn't shake Penn State and guard Talor Battle, who had a game-high 22 points despite being hobbled by a left ankle twisted earlier in the week. Andrew Ott's layup got Penn State (8-10, 0-6) within three, but Jones nailed a 3 with a defender in his face to regain the lead at 63-57 with 2:58 left after Christian Watford grabbed an offensive rebound."

  • Dumes scores 15, steadies IU late to end 15-game road skid (The Indianapolis Star)
    "That IU won on the road was even more significant. It was the Hoosiers' first road victory since beating Northwestern late in the 2007-08 season, a span of 15 road games overall, including 13 in Big Ten play. It also was coach Tom Crean's first victory on an opponent's court in 14 tries."

  • Watford delivers key rebounds in Hoosiers' win (The Indianapolis Star)
    "Every once in a while, when you don't think Christian is going that hard, all of a sudden he uncoils and there he is,'' IU coach Tom Crean said. "For the second straight game, he came up with big rebounds at winning time.''

  • PSU drops home game (The Daily Collegian Online)
    "That was huge for us. We didn't come up with a rebound at a critical time and that's kind of been the story [this season]," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "We just haven't been able to get the big rebound when we need it. Those were two big possessions back-to-back. Demoralizing."

  • Apparently, Suicide Is Not Painless (Black Shoe Diaries)
    "In the end, Talor Battle is (agaaaain!) forced to win the game by himself, and he simply doesn't have the physical attributes to pull it off. He isn't some sort of physically dominant post player who can be fed on every possession until he's stopped. He's a 5'11" point guard being asked to do every single thing on the court when he's also 17th in the nation in percentage of minutes played. Ed DeChellis managed to get Talor two minutes of rest tonight. Two. But who else can DeChellis trust at this point? One truly frightening part of the Lions' slide is that Andrew Ott and David Jackson now appear to be the second and third best players on the team. It's not a commentary on them so much as with the remainder of this unbelievably disappointing team. Babb and Woodyard are one-trick ponies (the trick, incidentally, is bricking three-pointers), Jones and Brooks are slipping into complete irrelevance, and the freshmen have looked completely lost since Big Ten play started."


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