PITTSBURGH – Noah Vonleh scored a career-high 19 points, Yogi Ferrell added 15 and Indiana held off Penn State 79-76 on Saturday.
The Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 15 early before rallying by the reeling Nittany Lions (9-8, 0-4) in the second half. Indiana took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the corner by Austin Etherington with 1:22 left and made six straight free throws to avoid its first worst start in conference play in three years.
DJ Newbill tied a career-high with 24 points for Penn State, but his 3-point heave with 3 seconds left hit the back of the rim as the Nittany Lions lost their sixth straight conference game.
Ross Travis chipped in 13 points but leading scorer Tim Frazier was limited to 10 points and fouled out as Penn State's beleaguered basketball program couldn't provide another emotional boost on the same day the football program lured James Franklin away from Vanderbilt to succeed Bill O'Brien. In front of a crowd well short of capacity, there was no sign or mention during the game of Franklin, who was to be introduced later in the day.