BLOOMINGTON – IU blew a game it had won.
Could that be right?
Indiana couldn't hold a late double-digit lead at home Wednesday night against Penn State. It led 63-51 with 3:30 left, got out-scored 15-2 the rest of the way and lost 66-65.
The Hoosiers trailed only once -- at the end.
They are 14-10 overall, 4-7 in the Big Ten.
Penn State is 13-12 and 4-8.
Indiana committed three turnovers in the final 33 seconds when it couldn't in-bound the ball. Penn State capitalized. The Hoosiers finished with 20 turnovers. They didn't score a basket in the final 5:16.
"Our leadership could have been better at the end," coach Tom Crean said.
Guard Yogi Ferrell led with IU with 16 points, six assists and four turnovers. Swingman Will Sheehey had 12 points and zero rebounds. Center Noah Vonleh took only three shots and finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.
Penn State was led by Tim Frazier's 14 points, including the game-winning layup with six seconds left.
"The kids played so hard," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We were down 13 and they never gave up. They kept getting stops. They kept digging.
"We kept reminding them to control what we can control. We always say it's about us, not about the opponent."
For most of the night, it was a time for Cream 'n Crimson ovations. Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy was at the game and was cheered by the Assembly Hall crowd. IU's early football enrolled freshmen were honored during a timeout. And the Hoosiers' third-ranked baseball team, which opens its season Friday at Texas Tech, was recognized at halftime.
That, as it turned out, were the highlights.
IU's offensive execution was strong early. It opened 7-for-8 from the field, and only four turnovers prevented it from leading more than 15-8.
Penn State stayed close in the first half because of 4-for-7 three-point shooting and by getting nine points off seven Hoosier turnovers.
Still, IU ended the half on a 7-2 run for a 36-30 lead.
The Hoosiers quickly pushed the margin to 11 early in the second half and led by 13 with 11 minutes left. Penn State closed to within five. Indiana pushed ahead by double figures.
The Nittany Lions rallied. Indiana turned it over.
The Nittany Lions scored, and scored again.
Indiana turned it over.
Finally, after IU's 20th turnover, Penn State guard Tim Frazier capitalized with a driving layup. Yogi Ferrell's off balance contested jumper missed.
Next up – a Saturday trip to arch-rival Purdue (14-10, 4-7). It will be the only regular-season meeting between the teams.