Jalen Pickett led Penn State with 28 points as Penn State advanced to the finals to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2011 as they defeated Indiana 77-73 on Saturday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Penn State started the game with its usual hot three-point shooting barrage, but they held they held Indiana without a field goal for over five minutes in the first half. Penn State had a barrage of threes from Andrew Funk and Seth Lundy.
Indiana struggled with live ball turnovers and missing contested shots throughout the first half, although Jackson Davis started to assert himself as the best player on the court.
The rest of the half went uneventful as there was a lot of and missed shots and sloppy play displayed by both teams.
Penn State and Indiana played at a pace that the Hoosier faithful desired until Penn State went on a 7-0 run as the established a 15-point lead with four minutes to play. There was a push by Indiana due to Penn state live ball turnovers, but Seth Lundy made two clutch free throws to put the game out of reach.
Lunsy contributed 16 points fir Penn State. Jackson-Davis scored 24 points for Indiana, followed by Taylor Bates with 14 points, Jalen Hood-Schafino with 11 points, and Race Thompson with 10 points.
Penn State will advance to the finals of the Big Ten tournament to take on Purdue on Sunday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.