The Nittany Lions men’s basketball team dominated the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday night, winning 59-32 in Evanston, Illinois. The win was Penn State’s first 20+ point win on the road since February 14, 2001 at Minnesota. The Wildcats shot an abysmal 23.3% from the floor.
During the first eight minutes, both teams struggled on offense as each team started just 1-for-6 from the field. After its initial pains however, Penn State started to kick it into gear. The Nittany Lions went on a 12-0 run to break the game open, highlighted by a huge D.J. Newbill dunk, and didn’t look back as the team opened their lead to 20 points before riding a 32-15 advantage into halftime.
Penn State went into cruise control in the second half, and continued to use a 2/3 zone defense to stifle the Wildcats. Northwestern could only manage 17 points in the second half, and got visibly frustrated towards the end of the game. Northwestern’s head coach picked up a technical foul, Tim Frazier went on to score right after, and the Nittany Lion lead ballooned to as many as 27 points. A Graham Woodward free throw provided the final point for Penn State, as the team coasted to a 59-32 victory.
Newbill led the team with 12 points, while Frazier and Brandon Taylor each earned 11. Northwestern’s Drew Crawford, one of the best players in the Wildcats’ history, scored six points in his final home game. Penn State shot an even 50% from the floor (24-48) while Northwestern shot a season-low 23.3% (10-43).
Penn State will take on Minnesota in the regular season finale for both teams on Sunday. The game will start at 5:15 ET and be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.