Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Makes It Three Straight With 79-68 Victory Over Purdue
After Penn State fell to Purdue in the final second of their first meeting, the Nittany Lions weren't looking to repeat that heartbreak, knocking off the Boilermakers 79-68 on Sunday. The victory marked the third straight for Penn State after opening the conference schedule 0-6.
Both teams opened the game strong as Penn State started off the scoring thanks to a Donovon Jack three but the Boilermakers would take a 14-7 lead 6 minutes into the game.
Penn State answered the early Purdue spurt with one of its own, going on a 21-4 run to take a 28-18 lead with 7:16 to go in the half. The Nittany Lions shot just over 60-percent from the field during the run that featured strong defense and an impressive offensive display during the run. Penn State did not allow a single offensive rebound for the opening 24 minutes of play after giving up nearly 20 offensive boards in the first meeting between the two teams.
Despite the run by Penn State, Purdue was able to shoot the ball well and kept the game close heading into the half as Penn State took a 34-29 lead into the break.
The Nittany Lions continued to play well in the second half but a 8-0 run by Purdue turned a once 11 point Penn State lead into a 51-49 advantage. Penn State responded well though and pushed the lead back out to 8 points with just under 8 minutes to go in the game.
Purdue would get as close as four points on two separate occasions in the final 8 minutes of play but would never get closer than five points over the final four minutes of regulation.
"They are tough and physical and they were really rebounding the ball the last couple of minutes," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "So let’s give them their credit. But with a ten-point lead you have to start putting teams away and get yourself to the foul line and really start to execute along with getting stops."
The Nittany Lions were led by DJ Newbill for the second straight game with 19 points, followed closely by Brandon Taylor and Tim Frazier's 15 and 18 points respectively.
Penn State will next head to Michigan State before returning home to face Illinois.