Indiana routs Penn State on day of Joe Paterno's death

Indiana 73, Penn State 54
Penn State's Tim Frazier (right) loses the ball out of bounds when trying to drive by Indiana's Cody Zeller on Saturday.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Cody Zeller scored 18 points and No. 11 Indiana (10-11, 2-6 Big Ten) rallied for a 73-54 victory over Penn State on Sunday, hours after the Nittany Lions learned of the death of former football coach Joe Paterno.


The team was told of Paterno’s death on the short bus ride from the hotel to Assembly Hall.

Team officials scrambled to get black strips attached to the players’ blue road jerseys.

Indiana officials decided, less than an hour before tipoff, to hold a moment of silence in honor of Paterno, who died Sunday.

“It’s very sad on a variety of levels. Our heart goes out to his family and the entire Penn State community,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said.

Tim Frazier had 21 points for Penn State (16-4, 4-4).


In Charlottesville, Va., Erick Green scored 15 points, including the free throws with 1:52 remaining to give Virginia Tech the lead, and Dorenzo Hudson had six points over the final 2:12 as the Hokies (12-7, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Virginia (15-3, 2-2) ending the Cavaliers’ nine-game home winning streak.


In Champaign, Ill., Jordan Taylor scored 19 points and Jared Berggren added 18 to help Wisconsin upset Illinois.

Taylor drove into the lane and sank a midrange jumper with 32 seconds left to give the Badgers (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) a five-point lead at 62-57 with 32 seconds to play in what had been a back-and-forth battle.

Wisconsin has won four in a row after dropping two consecutive conference games.

The Illini (15-5, 4-3) were led by Meyers Leonard’s 16 points and 10 rebounds. Joseph Bertrand added 15 points.



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