BLOOMINGTON – Read into it what you will, but Yogi Ferrell’s scoring production was far off his norm for a third time in four games.
The encouraging news: Stanford Robinson scored 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting with four rebounds, an assist and a block in Tuesday’s 76-73 Indiana win over Penn State.
“Stanford Robinson stepped up,” Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers said. “Did some great things. There’s no doubt.”
Ferrell finished with six assists but only seven points in a team-high 37 minutes.
“What we did with Yogi is we put multiple guys on him to try and wear him down,” Chambers said.
The Hoosiers turned to Robinson for 17 minutes off the bench, and he responded with an extraordinarily efficient night on both sides of the ball. No turnovers and, for a guy who entered a career 56 percent foul shooter, a 6-of-6 showing from the line.
“Yogi, Rob (Johnson), James (Blackmon Jr.), Ryan (Burton), Collin (Hartman), all of them, Troy (Williams), all found me in great scoring areas that I can excel at, and that's what I did,” Robinson said.
The sophomore had fallen behind Nick Zeisloft for the role as third guard, but Zeisloft went scoreless and only played nine minutes Tuesday.
Ferrell, meanwhile, had 10 points against Ohio State on Saturday and only five points on New Year's Eve at Nebraska. While he continues to make plays as a passer, there is an opening for Robinson to do more off the bench if Ferrell and Zeisloft can't provide more punch from the backcourt.
“Stan bought into what he needs to do,” Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said. “If he plays the way he did tonight, he's going to play more minutes.”
Brick brigade: Penn State attempted 24 3-pointers and made four (16.7 percent).
“The way we defended the perimeter tonight was big,” Crean said.
The Nittany Lions aren’t very good from deep, anyway, though. They came in shooting 32 percent on 3s.
Control: Although it was a game of runs, Penn State led for only 4 minutes, 48 seconds of game time.
Up next: Indiana travels to Illinois for a 1 p.m. tip-off Sunday afternoon. The Fighting Illini are 11-6 and play one more game before Sunday. They are at Northwestern on Wednesday.