Boxscore
Penn St. 66, Northwestern 52
Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:00 PM
Location - Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Officials - Jim Burr, Glenn Mayborg, Michael Stephens
Attendance - 4918

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Penn St. 26 40 66
Northwestern 23 29 52

Recap


Jeff Brooks scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures as Penn State kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive with a 66-52 victory over host Northwestern on Thursday night.

Talor Battle added 13, David Jackson 12 and Tim Frazier 10 for the Nittany Lions (15-12), who evened their Big Ten mark at 8-8 and have the weekend off before playing host to third-ranked Ohio State on Tuesday.

Penn State preserved the win by going 10 for 12 at the foul line – including Frazier's 6 for 6 – after waiting until 4:19 remained before attempting its first free throw.

Michael Thompson netted a game-high 22 and John Shurna chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (16-11, 6-10), who have lost 10 of 11 to the Nittany Lions.

Penn State had torched Northwestern, 65-41, just 11 days before, and it looked like another blowout was in store Thursday as all five starters scored while the Lions raced out to an 18-2 lead on 8-for-9 shooting.

But Penn State cooled to just 4 for 12 the rest of the way, and Northwestern forced 10 turnovers as it pulled to within 26-23 at halftime.

Penn St. Nittany Lions

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
David Jackson 24:00 6-8 0-1 0-0 2 4 6 2 4 1 1 1 12
Tim Frazier 38:00 2-6 0-2 6-6 0 5 5 10 0 1 2 0 10
Andrew Jones III 38:00 4-6 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 0 4 0 2 0 9
Taylor Battle 40:00 5-12 1-6 2-2 1 3 4 3 1 1 3 0 13
Jeff Brooks 39:00 8-10 3-3 1-2 1 6 7 3 2 0 1 0 20
Billy Oliver 6:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Cammeron Woodyard 13:00 1-4 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jermaine Marshall 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
TOTAL 200 26-46 4-14 10-12 6 22 28 19 12 3 12 1 66
  56.5% 28.6% 83.3% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 12

Northwestern Wildcats

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Michael Thompson 40:00 9-16 4-6 0-0 1 0 1 4 0 3 2 0 22
Luka Mirkovic 30:00 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 4 2 0 0 1 6
John Shurna 40:00 2-10 1-6 5-6 2 5 7 2 4 1 2 1 10
Drew Crawford 25:00 5-9 0-3 1-3 1 1 2 1 4 0 1 0 11
JerShon Cobb 19:00 1-7 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 1 2 0 3
Alex Marcotullio 26:00 0-4 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 0
Mike Capocci 11:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Davide Curletti 9:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 20-52 6-24 6-9 6 13 19 14 19 6 10 2 52
  38.5% 25.0% 66.7% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 10
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