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Penn St. rallies late to beat Indiana

BLOOMINGTON – Tim Frazier scored on a driving layup with 6.1 seconds to go Wednesday night, capping a remarkable rally to give Penn State a 66-65 victory at Indiana.

Frazier finished with 14 points as the Nittany Lions (13-12, 4-8 Big Ten) defeated Indiana for the first time since March 2011.

Indiana led 64-53 with 3:19 to go, but on a night Indiana (14-10, 4-7) committed 20 turnovers and struggled to inbound the ball late, Penn State closed the game on a 13-1 run.

Twice in the final 15 seconds, Penn State stole inbound passes with a chance to tie the score or take the lead. The first one slipped away when Ross Travis missed 1 of 2 free throws, but Frazier bailed him out with the layup that gave Penn State its only lead of the game.

Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell missed a 17-footer in the closing seconds for Indiana.

The big collapse came with former Colts coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, seated in the front row. They came to town to sign their new book “Uncommon Marriage.”

What they – and everyone else saw – at Assembly Hall sure was a stunning turnaround.

Indiana appeared to take charge late in the first half when it scored seven straight points and went into halftime with a 36-30 lead.

In the second half, the Hoosiers cranked up the intensity and started pulling away. They used a 6-2 run to extend the lead to 47-36 on Stanford Robinson’s runner and when Ferrell knocked down a 3-pointer with11:21 left, the Hoosiers had their biggest lead of the night at 54-41.

Instead of going away, the gritty Nittany Lions answered with a 10-2 run that got them within 56-51. And after Ferrell helped Indiana rebuild an 11-point lead, Penn State came right back again.

Brandon Taylor’s short jumper with 1:06 to go cut the deficit to 65-63. Penn State had a chance to tie it or win it with 16.8 seconds left when John Johnson drove in for a layup – only to be called for a charge.

Penn State didn’t fret. Frazier came up with a steal right in front of the Penn State bench before the ball wound up in Travis’ hands. And then after the made free throw, D.J. Newbill picked off the inbound pass at midcourt and called timeout to set up Frazier’s layup.

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