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Indiana 72, Penn State 49

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Victor Oladipo scored 19 points to help No. 7 Indiana defeat Penn State 72-49 on Wednesday night.

Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 15 points, Will Sheehey scored 12 and Christian Watford added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Hoosiers (17-2, 5-1), who won their second straight after a loss to Wisconsin last week.

The Hoosiers rolled despite getting a season-low twp points from preseason national player of the year Cody Zeller. The 7-footer was double-teamed the entire game and missed all four of his field-goal attempts.

The Hoosiers defeated Penn State for the fifth straight time and improved to 33-9 in the series.

D.J. Newbill scored 18 points but had eight turnovers for Penn State. Jermaine Marshall scored 12 points for the Nittany Lions (8-11, 0-7), who lost their seventh straight game overall and their 12th consecutive Big Ten road game.

Indiana shot 59 percent from the field and made 6 of 8 3-pointers in the second half.

Ferrell hit a 3-pointer less than 10 seconds into the second half, then Jordan Hulls made a 3. Hulls then led a fast break and found Oladipo cutting to the basket for a layup and a 41-19 lead 65 seconds into the second half.

Another 3 by Ferrell gave the Hoosiers a 44-23 edge, and a 3 by Sheehey made it 49-27. The Hoosiers cruised from there, leading by 25 points in the final minute.

Indiana led 33-19 at halftime. Sheehey, who had been in a slump for the Hoosiers, led the way with eight points at the break. Marshall had nine points at the break for the Nittany Lions.

Indiana jumped out to a 7-0 lead and forced Penn State to call timeout just over two minutes into the game. Penn State's first basket didn't come until Marshall hit a jumper with 16:42 left in the first half.

Indiana was sluggish on offense for most of the first half but got it going late in the closing minutes with Zeller on the bench. Sheehey made two 3-pointers and a layup during a 10-5 run to close the half.

Indiana shot just 37 percent in the first half, but Penn State was even worse at 30 percent.

Notes: Indiana won the previous meeting, 74-51, on Jan. 7. ... Tim Frazier, Penn State's start guard, has missed the season after having surgery on his injured Achilles' tendon. He's out of a walking boot and now has a heel wedge in his shoe. ... Indiana's Maurice Creek, who has had an injury-riddled career, played for the first time since the Butler game on Dec. 15. He has been out with a right foot injury.
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