Well, it certainly wasn’t pretty, but PSU ended their 15 game losing streak in Assembly Hall, winning in Bloomington for the first time ever. PSU jumped out early, establishing a commanding 27-13 lead. They kind of coasted the rest of the way. Indiana refused to go away, but I don’t think it ever got down to a one possession game. Pretty boring and ugly game. But hey, a wire-to-wire win on the road in the Big Ten is always good. PSU held on to the ball well and shot a respectable 45% from the field. They posted a 101.6 offensive efficiency rating to go along with a 52% Effective FG%.
PSU did not rebound well for the second straight game, however. IU won the battle on the boards, 35-26, with a 59% rebounding %. Andrew Jones only played 13 minutes (addressed later) though, so his lack of playing time certainly had an impact on those rebounding numbers. I don’t expect this two game ‘slump’ to continue. The one thing PSU has consistently been able to do well over the last few years has been rebounding.
Jamelle was tough inside, dropping 17 points. Stanley regained his shooting tough as he was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on 10 shots. Battle only scored 12 points, but he played a good game. However, with about 9:00 minutes left in the half, he tweaked his groin. It’s been diagnosed as a ‘minor groin strain’ and he should be good to go versus UM tomorrow.
The supporting cast registered another mediocre performance. Morrissey played well, but the rest did nothing of importance. Ott played 14 minutes, as apparently DeChellis has gotten sick of Andrew Jones’ inability to finish bunnies. Dunk the ball, Drew. He only played 13 minutes, while coach D tried to get the message across. Hopefully he responds. Chris Babb only played 4 minutes. DJ and Brooks are still trying to find a groove.