Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Struggle in 70-54 Loss to Northwestern
Updated at 11 p.m.
Second Half update: Northwestern 70, Penn State 54
Penn State put in the effort, but the shots wouldn't fall and the fouls kept coming as the Nittany Lions shot 32 percent from the field while the Wildcats put together a 37-point second half.
DJ Newbill scored 16 second-half points on his way to his 13th game in double digits on the year. Jermaine Marshall chipped in 13 points after being shutout in the first half. Marshall and Newbill combined for 54 percent of the Nittany Lions' shots from the floor while Sasa Borovnjak was the only other Nittany Lion to score four or more points (seven).
Northwestern ended the game with four players in double figures, led by Dave Sobolewski's 18. Penn State out-rebounded its opponent for the 10th time this season with a 37-33 margin. The Nittany Lions are 7-4 when they out-rebound their opponent.
Halftime update: Northwestern 33, Penn State 18
Penn State couldn't have asked for a worse start in a crucial early conference game, shooting 8-for-26 from the field while the starting five committed nine personal fouls.
The Nittany Lions opened the game well, scoring 12 points in the opening eight minutes. The Lions then went ice cold from the field, scoring only six points the rest of the half.
Junior Jermaine Marshall, who entered the game averaging 14.6 points per game, was held scoreless for the half, going 0-for-3 from the field while Sasa Borovnjak led the Nittany Lions with six points. Penn State only shot three free throws on the half to Northwestern's seven.
Freshman Brandon Taylor collected three personal fouls while scoring only two points. Fouls killed the Nittany Lions throughout the half as they looked to build momentum.
The Wildcats went 4-for-12 from behind the arc, led by Jared Swopshire and Reggie Hearn, who each scored nine.