Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Knock Off Northwestern, 66-59
It had been a long time coming, but Penn State picked up its first win on the road in Big Ten play under Pat Chambers Thursday night dispatching Northwestern 66-59.
Penn State opened the game with a 15-3 run, but the Wildcats fired back, cutting the lead to 15-14 and both teams traded baskets until the Nittany Lions took a 34-30 lead to the half.
Junior guard Jermaine Marshall led the Nittany Lions with 13 points in the half, both teams committed 10 turnovers, but foul trouble sent a cold 36-percent shooting Wildcats' team to the foul line 12 times where they hit 11 to remain close.
Penn State opened up the second half with a 9-0 run but Northwestern again fired back keeping within arms reach despite the once 11-point deficit. Marshall and Sophomore guard DJ Newbill lead the Nittany Lions with 18 points each and senior Sasa Borovnjak picked up his first career double-double behind a 15 point, 10 rebound effort.
Interestingly enough the Nittany Lions won their tenth game of the year without substituting in any players in the second half and without a single point from bench players. Sophomore Ross Travis took only one shot Thursday night but still scored 8 points while grabbing 9 rebounds. Senior Nick Colella made clutch free throws in the final seconds to seal the deal and cap off a four assist, four steal, zero turnover night.
Penn State closes out the regular season against Wisconsin on Sunday, the game is set for a noon tip on the Big Ten Network.