Northwestern continues home success, takes down Penn State

Boo Buie scored 15 points and dished six assists as Northwestern held on for a 68-63 win over Penn State in a Big Ten Conference matchup Sunday afternoon in Evanston, Ill.Brooks Barnhizer and Ryan

Northwestern continues home success, takes down Penn State

Boo Buie scored 15 points and dished six assists as Northwestern held on for a 68-63 win over Penn State in a Big Ten Conference matchup Sunday afternoon in Evanston, Ill.

Brooks Barnhizer and Ryan Langborg scored 14 points apiece for Northwestern (17-7, 8-5). Matt Nicholson and Nic Martinelli added 11 points apiece as the Wildcats improved to 7-0 in Big Ten games at home this season.

Nick Kern Jr. scored 18 points to lead Penn State (12-12, 6-7). Ace Baldwin Jr. finished with 17 points and eight assists, and Zach Hicks scored 14.

The Wildcats increased their lead to eight points with 11:01 remaining. Barnhizer grabbed a defensive rebound, and Buie converted on the other end with a layup to make it 48-40.

Penn State pulled within 54-53 with 4:08 to go. Baldwin had a steal, and Kern drained a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one.

The Wildcats held firm. Langborg made a 3-pointer to increase Northwestern’s lead to 57-53 with 3:47 left, and Nicholson scored on a dunk to make it 59-53 with 2:58 left.

Another Northwestern dunk, this time by Barnhizer, increased the Wildcats’ lead to 61-53 with 39 seconds to go.

Baldwin hit a 3-pointer nine seconds later to pull Penn State within 61-56.

The Nittany Lions continued to chip at the lead, cutting the deficit to 64-60 with 11 seconds left.

Langborg made two free throws one second later, and Hicks made a 3-pointer to bring Penn State within 66-63 with two seconds to go.

Buie made two more free throws to finish the scoring.

Northwestern led 29-27 at the half.

The Nittany Lions jumped to a 7-2 lead to start the game. That would prove to be their biggest lead of the afternoon.

Northwestern battled back to take its first lead at 10-8 with 14:02 remaining in the first half. Luke Hunger made a 3-pointer off a pass from Buie.

The Wildcats pulled ahead 29-25 on a three-point play by Buie with 1:17 to go before the break.

Baldwin made a pair of free throws eight seconds later to finish the first-half scoring.