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January 26, 2008Box Score | Photo Gallery
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Freshman Jeff Peterson led the way with 19 points as Iowa defeated Penn State 64-49 on Saturday night.
Iowa (10-11, 3-5) opened the game on a 21-5 run and Penn State made just 7 field goals in the first half as the Hawkeyes led by as many as 18 in the opening half.
A 10-0 run at the end of the first half and beginning of the second by the Nittany Lions cut Iowa's lead to eight. Penn State slowly chipped away at Iowa's lead, cutting the big lead to nine on a Stanley Pringle three with 12:27 left.
Peterson, who scored in double figures for the first time since scoring 19 against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 18, pushed Iowa's lead back into double-digits with a driving scoop lay-up and hit a running three as the shot clock expired at the 10:57 mark.
Penn State didn't get any closer than 11 the rest of the game.
The freshman duo of Peterson and Jake Kelly combined for 30 points as four Hawkeyes hit double-figures.
The Nittany Lions (10-9, 2-5), playing their third game since losing leading scorer and rebounder Geary Claxton for the year with a knee injury in a loss to Wisconsin on Jan. 15, struggled all night with Iowa's defense, particularly in the first half, when they shot just 29.2 percent. Iowa also out-rebounded Penn State, a good rebounding team until Claxton's injury, 34-22.
Pringle led Penn State with 17 points, tying his career-high.