Top 25: No. 5 Indiana races past Penn State
BY Associated Press
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
1/08/13 at 5:48 AM
Christian Watford scored 16 points, Jordan Hulls added 14 and No. 5 Indiana used a big first-half run to race past Penn State 74-51 on Monday night in State College, Pa.
The Hoosiers' breakneck offense could rarely be stopped in the first half before the pace slowed down in a sloppy second half. But it barely mattered after Indiana (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) built a 19-point lead in the first half behind Watford's inside-out game and Hulls' quick-release jumpers.
No wonder Indiana had the top scoring offense in the nation (87.9 points) entering Monday night's blowout.
Jermaine Marshall had 11 points for the Nittany Lions (8-6, 0-2), who had a five-game home winning streak snapped. Ross Travis added 14 points and five rebounds.
Penn State played with trademark hustle and found some success attacking the lane, but just couldn't keep up with the quicker, more talented Hoosiers.
Not many teams feature a 7-foot center who can run the floor as deftly as Cody Zeller, Indiana's leading scorer (16.6 points). In a play that typified Penn State's night, Zeller forced a midcourt steal on Penn State point guard D.J. Newbill before trotting to the basket for a dunk early in the game.
No. 17 Notre Dame 66, No. 21 Cincinnati 60: In Cincinnati, Jerian Grant scored 19 points and 17th-ranked Notre Dame used its patient offense to get open shots as it extended Cincinnati's home-court misery.
Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 Big East) has won 12 in a row for the first time since 2006-07.
The Fighting Irish did it their way, passing for open shots on the perimeter and spreading out a defense that has been Cincinnati's strength.
Cincinnati (13-3, 1-2) opened the season 12-0, but it has lost three of its last four, falling at home to New Mexico, St. John's and Notre Dame.
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Penn State's Jon Graham struggles for possession of a rebound against Indiana on Monday in State College, Pa. RALPH WILSON / Associated Press