INDIANAPOLIS (KDKA/AP) — Penn State advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament with a 61-55 win over the Hoosiers of Indiana.
Jeff Brooks finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, Talor Battle scored 13 with five rebounds in the win.
Penn State dominated the backboard with 34 rebounds including 15 offensive, compared to 23 total rebounds and six offensive for Indiana.
The win may help Penn State (17-13) make its case with the NCAA selection committee. Four teams, including Penn State, entered the tournament with 9-9 conference records. The other three teams – Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State – remain in the tournament.
Penn State took a 28-27 lead on Brooks’ buzzer-beating tip just before the half and followed a similar script in the second half. Brooks keyed an 11-4 run early in the second half that gave the Nittany Lions a 42-35 lead, and Andrew Jones scored four points in a 6-0 run that sealed it.
The Nittany Lions now face the No. 3 seed Wisconsin Badgers on Friday with tip-off at 9 p.m. Penn State split the season series with Wisconsin, with each team winning on their home court.
The winner of the Penn State-Wisconsin game will face the winner of Purdue-Michigan State on Saturday in the semi-finals.