Thursday, March 8, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Indiana 75, Penn State 58
By Myron Medcalf
INDIANAPOLIS -- Reaction from Indiana's 75-58 victory over Penn State.
Overview: Hoosiers fans have been waiting for this. In recent years, they haven’t been able to experience a positive outcome at the nearby Big Ten tournament. But this season could be different. The Hoosiers fed off the crowd on their way to a victory Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Turning point: After Verdell Jones went down with an injury in the first half, his teammates responded. It was an emotional scene. Jones refused to be carted off in a wheelchair. The entire crowd rose and cheered as he walked away, unable to put any weight on his right leg. Seeing one of their veteran leaders go down seemed to motivate the Hoosiers, who were unstoppable from that point.