UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 9, 2008 - Playing without its top two scorers and rebounders, Penn State (15-15, 7-11) sent four freshmen to the floor and stunned No. 18 Indiana (25-6, 14-4), 68-64, Sunday in the Bryce Jordan Center to wrap up the Nittany Lions' best Big Ten campaign since 2001.
With All-Big Ten honorees Geary Claxton and Jamelle Cornley both sidelined due to knee injuries, Penn State got a season-high 41 points and 28 rebounds from four freshmen to down its second Top 20 ranked team in its last five home games and extended its Big Ten home win streak to five games, its longest since 1996. With two victories over Top 25 teams on the year, Penn State has logged its most since the 2000-01 season and now has three such victories under coach Ed DeChellis.
The Nittany Lions' chalked up their seventh Big Ten win of the season and locked up a seventh place finish in the conference, marking the team's most Big Ten wins and best conference finish since tying for sixth with a 7-9 conference mark in 2001. The win also marked the 13th at home on the season as Penn State matched its most ever home wins in a season since beginning play in the Jordan Center in 1996. Penn State equaled the home mark of 13-4 posted in 1999-2000.
The Nittany Lions will now take on No. 10 seed Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. That game will tip at 2:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2.
Well the Nittany Lions have put it together. Now let's get behind them Nittany Nation!!!!