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Penn State gets first Big Ten victory, 81-70

Feb 18, 2010 - 3:47 AM EVANSTON, Ill.(AP) -- 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.








  • NCAA BB
    PENN ST 81
    NORTHWESTERN 70 FINAL

    Feb 17 10:32 PM
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    Penn State 71, Northwestern 65  2nd - 1:16Feb 17 10:21 PM


  • NCAA BB
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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    PENN STATE 36 36
    NORTHWESTERN 32 32 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    PENN STATE - DAVID JACKSON 12, CHRIS BABB 6,
    JEFF BROOKS 5
    NORTHWESTERN - JOHN SHURNA 10, MICHAEL THOMPSON 10,
    DREW CRAWFORD 5

    Feb 17 9:18 PM