Final: Penn State 67 – Iowa 76
Penn State is now 8-13 (0-9 in the Big Ten) after losing on the road tonight at 14-7 Iowa. This was a game full of mini-runs that would eventually be answered by bigger Iowa runs. Penn State started the game on fire, getting out to a 10-3 lead, then they would go on what seemed to be a very long drought, and Iowa would take the lead. Iowa didn’t surrender that lead again. It was another great effort from D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall, the only problem is that it wasn’t the same from almost anyone else. Surprisingly, however, one other guy that I’m going to give the Great Effort Award (GEA) to is Jon Graham. If I told you Graham would fool around and have himself a 6 points, 4 rebound, 2 block game, while going 2-2 from the floor and 2-2 from the charity stripe, would you believe me? Didn’t think so. Newbill added 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists and Marshall threw in 15 points. Oh, and Brandon Taylor appears to be awakening from his dreadful 3 point hibernation, he went 2-6 from behind the arc tonight.
However….fouls were again a problem for Penn State, as they collected 27 team fouls. It’s as if Penn State was handing them out, “here’s a foul for YOU, and YOU, and here’s one for YOU.” Brandon Taylor fouled out for what seems like the elevendy-ith time this season, and they even took a foul away from him to begin the second half, so he essentially had 6 fouls tonight.
Ross Travis went 0-7 from the floor, and took 2 more three pointers. Um…yea.
OH! And I don’t mean to brag, but if you take a look at my Penn State at Iowa Preview, and scroll down a bit to my key to the game, I said containing Aaron White would be big. Aaron White scored 27 points in tonight’s game.
Penn State continues to be out-rebounded as well, something that was not happening in the beginning of Big Ten play.
Here’s the bottom line: Penn State has 9 more chances to get a Big Ten win.
Penn State’s next game is at the Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday, February 5th, at 7:00 PM against the Purdue Boilermakers.