STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Things looked bleak for Penn State after point guard Tim Frazier fouled out with 1:34 left and the Nittany Lions trailing No. 12 Indiana by eight points.
It turned out to be a start of an improbable late-game rally that fell just short because of another strong shooting performance from behind the 3-point arc by the Hoosiers.
Frazier had 21 points and Matt Glover hit two foul shots with 21 seconds left to get Penn State within two points before the late rally fell short in an 88-82 loss on Sunday.
Jermaine Marshall (20 points) and Glover took over the scoring load when Frazier was out, but first-year coach Patrick Chambers wasn't satisfied with his scrappy team that has just one senior.
"We have to continue to get these guys better, and we have to continue to change the mentality that losing is not acceptable. It will never be acceptable," Chambers said. "There are no moral victories."
Glover scored six of his eight points over the final 1:26.
Jordan Hulls hit seven of Indiana's season-high 16 3-point field goals to help the Hoosiers snap its 16-game Big Ten road losing streak.
Hulls, a 6-foot guard, scooted around the perimeter all game for open looks and finished with 28 points for the Hoosiers (15-1, 3-1).
"They were able to get open and get shots. They had a lot of drives where we had to drop down and help and we left the (3-point shooters) open," said Frazier, who had seven assists.
Down eight points with 1:22 to go, the Nittany Lions (9-8, 1-3) forced two straight turnovers to highlight a late run to get within 84-82 with 21 seconds left on two free throws by Glover.
But Matt Roth hit two foul shots and Penn State missed a last-gasp 3.
"If you don't practice hard and don't practice with toughness, you're not going to beat Penn State," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "They play extremely hard. They battle and go after it."
Cheered on by a healthy sprinkling of fans wearing Indiana red, the Hoosiers won a regular-season road conference game for the first time since a 67-61 win at Penn State on Jan. 21, 2010.
Penn State fans reserved some of their biggest cheers for new football coach Bill O'Brien, who received a standing ovation after being introduced at center court during a first-half timeout. A chant of "We are ... Penn State!" echoed through the stands as he exchanged handshakes with students.
Whatever the reason, the Nittany Lions were pumped up, too, diving all over the court for loose balls and elbowing for rebounds under the boards.
It still wasn't enough to overcome the nation's best 3-point shooting team.
Hulls and Roth also combined to go 8 for 8 from the free throw line over the final 33 seconds to help seal the win.
Penn State guards had fits much of the day keeping up with Hulls. Fourth in the nation in 3-point shooting (55 percent), he hit 7 of 9 from long range on Sunday, including 5 of 6 in the first half.
The Hoosiers answered from the perimeter almost every time Penn State got within four or five points. Coach Tom Crean's club finished a blistering 16 of 24 from behind the arc (66 percent).
The partisan Penn state crowd got so concerned with Indiana's hot shooting that fans collectively gasped when Roth hit the first of his two consecutive 3s to put the Hoosiers up 11 points late in the game. Roth finished with 22 points on 5-of-6 shooting, all from behind the arc.
Christian Watford and Cody Zeller both added 10 points for Indiana, which has won three straight.