College basketball roundup: No. 5 Indiana races past PSU
UNIVERSITY PARK — 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.
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.
Jermaine Marshall had 11 points for the Nittany Lions (8-6, 0-2), which had a five-game home winning streak snapped. Ross Travis added 14 points and five rebounds.
Penn State's D.J Newbill, filling in for injured star guard Tim Frazier, finished with eight points on 3-of-15 shooting.
The slower pace in the second half played to Penn State's favor after the teams combined for 15 turnovers over the first nine minutes after halftime.
The Nittany Lions could never muster anything close to a consistent run.
The Hoosiers' lead didn't dip below double digits in the second half. Indiana shot 52 percent for the game to 31 percent for Penn State.
No. 17 Notre Dame 66, No. 21 Cincinnati 60 — Jerian Grant scored 19 points for Notre Dame, which won its 12th straight.
Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 Big East) is off to the best start during coach Mike Brey's 13 seasons.
The Fighting Irish shot 50 percent from the field and went 9 of 16 behind the arc.
Sean Kilpatrick had 15 points for Cincinnati (13-3, 1-2), which has lost three straight at home for the first time since 2006-07, coach Mick Cronin's first season at the school.
Robert Morris 71, Bryant 69 — Artemis Spanou scored 26 points and had a career-high 20 rebounds as Robert Morris won its third straight.
Spanou's 20-20 game is the first for the Colonials (3-10, 2-0 NEC) since 2004. Lou Mataly tacked on 16 points.
The Colonials had a 59-38 lead with 10 minutes to play, but Bryant went on a 31-12 run to close the gap. Robert Morris made its late free throws to stave off the comeback.
Courtney Schissler led Bryant (4-8, 0-2) with 20 points.