Penn State used a 10-0 run to close the opening half to take the lead then pulled away in the waning moments for a 65-51 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes in Big Ten play. The Hawks started quickly and led 21-10 before the Nittany Lions roared back.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the executed and competed defensively and then the last 5 or 6 minutes of the first half they let down and went into the half down one when they should not have been down. He says they Hawkeyes did not rebound well enough to win on the road. McCafferey says all five players have to go after the rebounds when they are on the road and in a dog fight and it did not happen.
Taylor Battle led Penn State with 23 points and Jeff Brooks added 22. Jarryd Cole led the Hawks with 11 points as they fall to 1-7 in the Big Ten.
It was an uninspired effort by Iowa State last night as the Cyclones lost at home to Texas Tech 92-83. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg says it’s the most frustrated he’s been all year as they had a chance to set the tempo and get the crowd into the game and they came out and let Tech punch them in the mouth first and take control. The Red Raiders built a 14 point lead early in the second half and cruised to their first road victory of the season.
Hoiberg says they allowed them to score four of their first five shots to start the second half and that should not have happened. Hoiberg called it a “horrible loss for us.”
Diante Garrett led Iowa State with 27 points as the Cyclones fall to 1-5 in the Big-12.