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Penn State Vs. Iowa: Nittany Lions Hold On, 69-64

Penn State held on for its second straight victory on Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center, downing Iowa 69-64 despite a late charge from coach Fran McCaffery's squad.

The Nittany Lions (12-15, 4-10 Big Ten) raced out to a 38-24 lead in the first half and nursed that to the end, though the Hawkeyes (13-13, 5-8 Big Ten) came on strong in the end, outscoring Penn State 40-31 after the break and closing the gap to as few as two points.

Tim Frazier led the Lions with 18 points, four assists and four rebounds. Cammeron Woodyard was close behind on the scoring sheet with 13 points on 4-9 shooting and added three rebounds, too. Jon Graham had a career high 10 points to go with six rebounds. Eight players total scored points for Penn State, which shot 39.6 percent from the field in the game.

Matt Gatens was the game's leading scorer with 21 points for the Hawkeyes on 6-13 shooting from the field. Aaron White finished with 16 points and Roy Devyn Marble scored 13.

The teams finished even, 34-34 in the rebound department, though Penn State prevailed 13-12 on the offensive glass. The Lions also finished with just eight turnovers in the game.

Penn State will be back on the road for its next matchup against Wisconsin on Saturday looking for its first three-game winning streak since the first three games of the season.

For full analysis and reaction from players and coaches after Penn State's win, be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh on Friday.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.