Blackmon’s 3-pointer lifts Indiana over Penn State, 78-75

Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. goes to the basket against Illinois's Maverick Morgan during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana defeated Illinois 96-80. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — James Blackmon finished with 17 points and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Indiana to a 78-75 win over Penn State on Wednesday night.

Thomas Bryant and Robert Johnson also scored 17 points each as Indiana (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) survived a late Penn State rally.

Tony Carr scored a career-best 24 points and Shep Garner added 15 for the Nittany Lions (11-8, 3-3) who trailed by 14 with 9:19 left.

It was the second straight win for the Hoosiers (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) who took control by halftime and led the entire second half until a pair of Lamar Stevens free throws tied the game with less than five seconds left.

The Hoosiers were up 67-53 before Penn State used a short run and an Indiana shooting lull that lasted over four minutes to cut the lead to 75-73 when Garner hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left.

Stevens stole the ball from Bryant and was fouled on his way down the court to set up the tying shots.

THE BIG PICTURE

Indiana: The Hoosiers entered Wednesday’s game having lost five of their last eight. They’ll have a chance to gain momentum with four of their next five against middle-of-the-pack Big Ten foes before a trip to Madison to take on No. 17 Wisconsin on Feb. 5.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions’ inability to put a full game together has to be grating on coach Patrick Chambers. Even in their last win against No. 24 Minnesota, the Nittany Lions were out of sorts early before a late rally paid off. They were competitive early and late in this one but sluggish and mistake-prone midway through when Indiana took over.

UP NEXT

Indiana hosts Michigan State on Saturday.

Penn State plays at No. 22 Purdue on Saturday.

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