Penn State 79

(9-4, 1-0 Big Ten)

Northwestern 68

(5-5, 0-1 Big Ten)

    9:00 PM ET, January 2, 2008

    Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

    1 2 T
    PSU 34 4579
    NW 35 3368

    Top Performers

    Penn State: J. Cornley 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Northwestern: M. Thompson 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

    Penn St. 79, Northwestern 68

    Associated Press

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Jamelle Cornley had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Geary Claxton added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Penn State to a 79-68 win over Northwestern on Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

    Stanley Pringle added 17 points for Penn State, which outscored Northwestern 45-33 in the second half.

    The loss spoiled the return of Kevin Coble, who missed the first nine games to be with his mom, Carlys, in Phoenix while she underwent treatment for cancer. Coble, a Big Ten All-Freshman selection last year after leading the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding, finished with 11 points.

    Michael Thompson led Northwestern with 17 points and 10 assists, while Jason Okrzesik added 14 points.

    After being held scoreless in the first half, Talor Battle sparked a 20-4 Penn State run to open the second half and turn the game into a rout.

    Battle scored eight during the spurt, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Claxton hit a pair of free throws with 12:34 left to cap the stretch and give the Nittany Lions a 54-39 lead.

    Northwestern led by as many as nine in the first half, but Penn State went on a 14-4 run midway through to keep it close. Claxton's jumper gave the Nittany Lions their first lead, 23-22 with 5:21 left.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 68
    FG Made-Attempted 30-53 (.566) 24-49 (.490)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-18 (.389) 11-25 (.440)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-14 (.857) 9-13 (.692)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 9

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