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February 12, 2014

Lions stun Hoosiers in dramatic comeback, 66-65

Trailing 64-53 with just 2:30 left to play at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Penn State rallied for a stunning 66-65 win against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Nittany Lions' senior point guard Tim Frazier led with 14 points, including the a game-winning bucket with just 6 seconds left in the game. His 'winning plays' however, in spite of a buckled knee down the stretch, helped push Penn State to its fourth conference win of the season.

Knocking home 8 of 8 free throws on top of his four steals, Frazier and the Nittany Lions saw their incredible comeback sparked by teammate D.J. Newbill's rattled-home 3-pointer at the 2:25 mark.

Indiana locked into the double-bonus, a missed Evan Gordon free throw followed by two made Frazier fouls on the ensuing possession left the Nittany Lions trailing 65-58 with 2 minutes left to play.

From there, Tom Crean's Hoosiers suffered a series of stunning letdowns.

The Nittany Lions, taking advantage of four Indiana turnovers in the final 2 minutes, saw Brandon Taylor send home a 3-pointer and running floater in quick succession to find themselves trailing 65-63 with about a minute left to play. Holding the ball until the final seconds of the shot clock, Indiana called a timeout with 7 seconds left on the shot clock, but again turned the ball over, setting up what appeared to be the game's pivotal moment.

Holding an opportunity to tie or take the lead, Penn State guard John Johnson was blown for a questionable charge on the baseline, returning possession to Indiana with just 16 seconds left to play.

Incredibly, a Frazier diving steal, pushed into forward Ross Travis' hands, led to a foul and two shots to tie the game for the junior.

Though Travis would miss the front end, he connected on the second to cut the deficit to 65-64. With Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh lofting the inbounds pass toward midcourt, Newbill picked it off, giving the Nittany Lions 12 seconds when Chambers called his fifth and final timeout.

Drawing up a crafty play for Frazier, the Nittany Lions' senior was able to push his way into the lane for the up and under to take the 1-point lead with just 6 seconds remaining. Remaining in the full court press, Penn State kept Indiana off balance as a final, fading jump shot by Yogi Farrell clanked off the rim.

Penn State (13-12 overall, 4-8 Big Ten) returns to action Saturday to take on No. 15-ranked Iowa (7-4, 18-6) at the Bryce Jordan Center. Tip-off is at 1 p.m.



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