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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