Scores

Final

Penn State 81

(9-16, 1-12 Big Ten)

Northwestern 70

(17-9, 6-8 Big Ten)

    8:30 PM ET, February 17, 2010

    Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

    1 2 T
    PSU 36 4581
    NW 32 3870

    Top Performers

    Penn State: C. Babb 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

    Northwestern: J. Nash 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Nittany Lions deal possibly fatal blow to Cats' tourney hopes

    Associated Press

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- David Jackson and Chris Babb scored 20 points each as Penn State snapped a 12-game losing streak with an 81-70 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night, dealing perhaps a fatal blow to the Wildcats' NCAA tournament chances.

    Aiming for the first tournament bid in school history, Northwestern (17-9, 6-8 Big Ten) has sandwiched losses to league doormats Iowa and Penn State around an overtime victory over mediocre Minnesota.

    Penn State (9-16, 1-12) finally won in conference play despite getting only 10 points from Talor Battle. The Big Ten's leading scorer came in averaging 20.3 and had scored at a 23.5-point clip the last eight games.

    The Nittany Lions had lost five conference games by six points or fewer partly because they were the Big Ten's worst free-throw shooting team at 64.3 percent. But they went 20 for 23 from the line Wednesday -- and shot 56 percent from the floor.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    PSU
    NW
    Points 81 70
    FG Made-Attempted 27-48 (.563) 28-58 (.483)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-17 (.412) 10-29 (.345)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-23 (.870) 4-11 (.364)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 5

    2009-10 Season

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