Indiana outlasted Penn State on Wednesday night, beating the Nittany Lions 110-102 in triple overtime at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers seized control with a 9-0 run in the third overtime, sparked by a crucial play by Devonte Green. After Indiana’s Josh Newkirk knocked down a 3-pointer, Green stepped in front of Penn State point guard Tony Carr to steal an inbounds pass by Lamar Stevens. Green finished a layup to give his team a five-point lead that grew to nine with more than two minutes to play.
Penn State couldn’t cover after rallying in the final minute of the second overtime.
Stevens paced Penn State (12-11, 4-6 Big Ten) with 26 points, and Carr had 23 points and 14 assists.
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Thomas Bryant finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana (15-8, 5-5). Newkirk and Robert Johnson each scored 27 points for the Hoosiers.
Two weeks after Indiana beat Penn State 78-75 on James Blackmon Jr.’s 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Nittany Lions had a chance to end it on the final possession of regulation.
Josh Reaves got to the rim, but his layup missed to send the game to overtime with the teams tied 72-72.
Penn State led 80-78 in the extra period, but Indiana extended the game on the final possession.
Newkirk finished a layup at the buzzer, getting the ball off his fingertips just in time to tie the game at 80-80.
In the second overtime, the Hoosiers built a six-point lead with 1:14 left, but the Nittany Lions closed the gap to one-point with a dunk by Mike Watkins and a 3-pointer by Carr. The Penn State point guard then hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left to tie it again.
The Hoosiers finally pulled away in the third overtime with a 9-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer by Newkirk.
Notes: Penn State hosts Rutgers at 1 p.m. Saturday. … Carr’s 14 assists ranks as the second-most in a game in Penn State history. … Indiana’s Blackmon Jr. did not play due to injury. … Watkins had 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Shep Garner had 16 points, and Payton Banks had 12.