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NCAA Game Summary - Indiana vs. Penn State
(Thursday, March 12th)
Final Score: Penn State 66, Indiana 51
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Jamelle Cornley shot 9-of-12 from the field on his way to 22 points, as sixth-seeded Penn State demolished 11th- seeded Indiana, 66-51, in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Stanley Pringle added 16 points for the Nittany Lions (22-10), who advanced to take on third-seeded Purdue in Friday's quarterfinal round. David Jackson finished with 10 points while Andrew Jones pulled down a team-high eight boards for Penn State, which beat IU all three times this season.
The Nittany Lions, who have never won this tourney, are seeking their first trip to the Big Dance since 2001. They have posted wins in five of their last seven games. PSU's No. 6 seed is its highest ever.
Penn State and Purdue split a pair of games this year, with both teams winning on its home floor.
Indiana (6-25) was paced by Verdell Jones III, who shot 4-of-4 from three- point range, on his way to a game-high 23 points. Kyle Taber, Nick Williams, and Daniel Moore each tallied five points for the Hoosiers, who finished the season with 10 straight losses. Tom Pritchard grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in defeat.
The Nittany Lions took the lead from the opening tip and never looked back. Penn State -- already ahead by seven -- took control of the first half by ripping off 11 unanswered points to build an 18-point cushion. Pringle, who tallied six points during the surge, topped off the run with a three-pointer followed by a deuce with under 11 minutes left until half.
The Hoosiers never got closer than nine points the remainder of the half as the Nittany Lions took a commanding 38-25 advantage into the locker room.
Cornley shot 6-of-8 from the field on his way to 16 first-half points for Penn State, which hit an impressive 53.6 percent of its shots after 20 minutes. Meanwhile Indiana shot a lowly 36 percent from the field by the break.
The Nittany Lions showed no signs of letting up in the second frame as they maintained a comfortable margin. The Hoosiers never got closer than 14 points in the final 20 minutes of play.
PSU shot 49.1 percent from the field in the game, compared to 36.7 percent for Indiana. The Nittany Lions pulled down a total of 37 rebounds, while the Hoosiers grabbed 29 boards.
03/12 19:28:01 ET