Izaiah Brockington scored 21 points and Penn State used a late 10-0 run to pull out an 81-78 home win over struggling Northwestern in a Big Ten contest on Saturday night in University Park, Pa.
Seth Lundy scored 16 and Myreon Jones added 15 and eight rebounds for the Nittany Lions (5-6, 2-5 Big Ten), who have won two straight following a five-game slide.
Northwestern (6-8, 3-7 in Big Ten) got 19 points from Miller Kopp, 18 from Boo Buie and 17 from Pete Nance while shooting 49.2 percent, but dropped its seventh in a row.
Trailing 73-69 with 4:24 left in the game, Penn State scored 10 straight points, highlighted by five from Lundy and Jamari Wheeler’s 3-pointer with 1:10 left to go up 79-73.
A trey by Nance and two Kopp free throws got the Wildcats within one. But after the Nittany Lions missed three straight free throws, Brockington hit a pair from the line and Northwestern’s Chase Audige missed a long 3-point attempt to end the game.
Penn State, which shot 47.3 percent and made 20 of 26 free throws, scored six of the first eight points of the second half to lead 44-35.
However, Northwestern stormed back via a 12-0 run to take the lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Buie and Kopp began the spurt, which gave the Wildcats a 47-44 edge.