Penn State featured four scorers in double-figures, led by senior point guard Talor Battle, who finished with 19 points. In the win, Battle tallied his 2,000th career point, making him just the second Big Ten player in the past ten years to do so.
Northwestern struggled on offense, shooting just 34.6% as a team. Freshman guard Jershon Cobb was the only Wildcat in double-figure scoring, finishing with just 10 points. Northwestern's three leading scorers, John Shurna, Michael Thompson, and Drew Crawford combined for 9-27 from the field.
"Tonight was a night where we couldn't make a shot," said NU head coach Bill Carmody. "They had something to do with our misses, no doubt. But we still didn't get any production inside, and we couldn't offset that, because we couldn't make any shots."
With just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half, Northwestern held a 13-12 lead. After that, Penn State defense stepped in, completely silencing the Northwestern offense. The Wildcats would score two points during the final 12 minutes of the first half, and those struggles would continue into the second half. In total, Penn State went on a 29-5 run into the 14 minute mark of the second half.
The Wildcats would show a little fight during the remainder of the second half, but it was too late to make it close. Northwestern was able to utilize the bench down the stretch run of the game.
Northwestern has now lost five of their last six games dating back to January 23rd.
The Wildcats look to rebound next on Thursday, when the host the Iowa Hawkeyes at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tipoff for that game is set for 8:00 CT.