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Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2003 11:58 AM EST
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Penn St (5-6) at No. 15 Indiana (10-2)
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BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (Ticker) -- No. 15 Indiana opens Big Ten Conference play at home for the first time in three seasons under coach Mike Davis when it welcomes Penn State to Assembly Hall.

Indiana (10-2) went 11-5 in Big Ten play a season ago, finishing in a four-way tie for first place with Illinois, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers went 7-1 at home in Big Ten play a year ago.

Freshman Bracey Wright scored 17 points and Tom Coverdale and Kyle Hornsby each netted 13 as Indiana improved to 4-0 at home with a 70-60 victory over Charlotte on Saturday. Wright is the fourth-leading scorer among all freshmen with 19.2 points per game.

Senior forward Jeff Newton leads all returnees with 14.0 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per contest. Newton comes off his worst effort in which he scored a season-low two points and grabbed six rebounds against Charlotte.

Indiana is second in the Big Ten in opponents' field-goal percentage at 38 percent and is also limiting opponents to just 24.5 percent from beyond the arc. Newton leads the conference in scoring.

Davis has split his two openers and Indiana is 9-1 the last 10 times it has opened Big Ten play at home.

Penn State (5-6) has righted its season by winning five straight after dropping the first six contests. The Nittany Lions last played in a 68-60 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in which they rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half.

Brandon Watkins scored 14 points and Sharif Chambliss and DeForrest Riley each added 13 for Penn State, which shot just 37 percent (22-of-59). Jan Jagla collected 12 points and 10 rebounds.

This is Penn State's second game against a ranked opponent. The Nittany Lions suffered an 82-60 loss to Pittsburgh on December 7.

The Nittany Lions are 0-3 on the road this year.

Penn State went 3-13 in Big Ten play, finishing in last place.

Indiana is 19-1 against Penn State, including a 10-0 mark at home. Tom Coverdale scored 12 points in a 61-54 victory here in the last meeting on January 5, 2002.


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