For a team that has struggled all season long to start strong in the first half, Penn State is hanging with Iowa after 20 minutes, trailing 38-34
Iowa dealt the first blow, building up a 17-7 lead seven minutes into the half.
The Nittany Lions managed to respond behind the inspired play of redshirt sophomore D.J. Newbill. Penn State went on a 16-0 run to take a 23-17 lead of its own. During the run Newbill was active on both sides with one of his most notable plays coming with the block of an Iowa three. Newbill missed a lay up then sprinted back on the defensive end just in time to block a shot.
The Lions avoided their usual cold streak, shooting 45.2 percent in the half on 14-of-31 shooting even going 4-of10 from three.
With their lead gone, it was time for the Hawkeyes to strike again going on a 9-0 run up until 6:00 remained in the half.
The teams battled back and forth the rest of the half, but the Hawkeyes were able to end with the momentum when forward Aaron White hit a three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer.