Penn State cruises past Northwestern 65-41
Tim Frazier had 12 points and Jeff Brooks scored 14 in his first start since dislocating his right shoulder nearly two weeks ago to help the Nittany Lions (13-11, 6-7 Big Ten) snap a three-game losing streak.
JerShon Cobb had 10 points to lead Northwestern (14-10, 4-9), which started 0 for 15 from 3-point territory before Cobb hit from long range with 9:35 left.
But the game was all but decided by then with the Nittany Lions leading by as much as 25 after opening the second half with a 21-7 run.
Battle joined Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker as the Big Ten’s only 2,000-point scorers in the past decade. The Penn State guard shot 7 of 9 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.
After a sluggish start against the Wildcats’ Princeton offense, Penn State settled down defensively and held Northwestern to just 15 points before halftime, the lowest scoring first half for a Penn State opponent all year.
From there it only got worse for Northewestern.
Battle, a senior playing in his third-to-last regular-season home game of his stellar career, hit a wide-open 3 from about 28 feet for a 38-18 lead with 15 minutes left.
Mike Capocci then missed a 3 that was rebounded by David Jackson. The ball eventually ended up in the hands—again—of Battle on the break who pulled up at the left wing for a 3 over the outstetched arm of Capocci for a 23-point lead.
It was a painfully familiar sequence for Northwestern, which finished 18-of-52 shooting (34 percent), but 2 of 21 from 3-point range (9 percent). The Wildcats entered the day third in the league in 3-point shooting percentage at 38 percent.
Penn State also outrebounded Northwestern 33-21.
The game was tight for the first nine-plus minutes with the Wildcats finding holes to the lane for easy buckets. John Shurna’s short jumper with 12:12 left gave Northwestern its last lead of the afternoon, 13-12.
Penn State raced away from there, with Brooks hitting a jumper in the paint and Battle following up a missed 3 by Cammeron Woodyard for a layup to give the Nittany Lions the lead for good, 16-13 with 10:02 left.
Shurna was held to seven points, more than 10 below his season average.
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