Recap: Penn State vs. Northwestern
University Park, PA (Sports Network) - John Shurna knocked down a pair of free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining to give Northwestern a slim 67-66 win over Penn State in Big Ten Conference action at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Shurna, who finished with a team-best 23 points and also accounted for six assists and five blocked shots, was fouled with the clock winding down while Penn State still held a one-point advantage. Also scoring in double figures for the Wildcats (17-11, 7-9 Big Ten) as they kept their NCAA Tournament hopes alive were Drew Crawford and Alex Marcotullio who delivered 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Nittany Lions (12-17, 4-12) were paced by Tim Frazier who posted 23 points and handed out a game-high eight assists, while Jon Graham and Ross Travis both added 10 points, the latter clearing a team-best nine rebounds as the team lost for the second time in as many games.
Penn State led by as many as eight points in the first half, yet the team finished the period shooting only 1-of-9 behind the three-point line and 41.4 percent from the floor overall which allowed Northwestern to claim a 34-28 edge at the break. Of their 11 made field goals over the first 20 minutes, all but three came from three-point range for the Wildcats, en route to their second win in the last three outings.
A close game down the stretch, Penn State had a chance to extend the lead to three points when Graham went to the free-throw line with 14.1 seconds remaining, but he missed both of his opportunities and that allowed Shurna to play the hero at the other end.
After Shurna's conversions the Nittany Lions had one last gasp, but a desperation three by Frazier came up short.
In a game that experienced six ties and nine lead changes, PSU shot 50.9 percent from the floor overall and won the rebounding battle, 37-22, but also shot just 3-of-14 out on the perimeter.Game Notes