By TOM LEA
INDIANAPOLIS – In short, No. 5 Indiana had no answer for Penn State guard and first-team All-Big Ten selection Tim Frazier. He scored 19 points, hit 7-of-14 shots and logged four steals.
Luckily for Tom Crean’s squad there are two halves to be played.
With a much better defensive attack and relentless offensive pressure, Indiana coasted past bottom-feeder Penn State with a comfortable 75-58 win during the second game of the Big Ten tournament.
Indiana’s junior guard Jordan Hulls scored 13 of the Hoosiers first 22 points before finishing with a team-high 20 on 7-of-10 shooting. He also hit 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc.
Freshman Cody Zeller (19 points, 10 rebounds) and junior forward Christian Watford (14 points, 10 rebounds) logged double-doubles for the Hoosiers.
IU opened the second half on an 18-2 run to squash any hopes lowly Penn State may have had. The Nittany Lions, who finished Pat Chambers inaugural season with a 12-20 overall record, never got any closer than 13 points the rest of the contest.
Frazier, who also landed on the Big Ten All-Defensive team, finished with a game-high 26 points, but his efficiency waned as the game progressed. He ended the game just 9-of-24 from the field, good for 37 percent shooting.
Indiana advances to the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament for the first time since 2008. IU is set to play No. 4 Wisconsin Friday afternoon.
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