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Penn State men defeat Northwestern at the Bryce Jordan Center 67-60

STATE COLLEGE — The Penn State men’s basketball team used a hot-shooting second half to turn a seven-point second-half deficit into a seven-point win in a 67-60 victory over Northwestern Friday night on senior night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The tightly-contested contest saw 13 lead changes before a layup from senior Jalen Pickett with 4:30 left to play gave the Nittany Lions a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.

Dallion Johnson’s 15 points, including five 3-pointers, and John Harrar’s 20 rebounds were both career-highs that served as catalysts for Penn State’s third victory in its last four games. Harrar added 11 points to cap off his fourth-straight double-double.

Penn State shot 60.9% from the field and 56.3% from deep in the second half, with Johnson knocking down all five of his threes in the period. Seniors Myles Dread and Sam Sessoms, as well as junior Seth Lundy, all contributed to the second-half onslaught.

Penn State completed a season sweep of Northwestern with Friday’s win. The Nittany Lions won on Jan. 5, 74-70. The Nittany Lions also improved to 1-4 at the Bryce Jordan Center with one contest remaining.

Penn State held Northwestern to 60 points, 18.3 under its season scoring average. Penn State has now held 16 of their last 22 opponents to ten or fewer points under their averages.

NORTHWESTERN (13-14, 6-12 BIG TEN)

Pete Nance 5-11 0-0 12; Robbie Beran 0-5 0-0 0; Boo Buie 4-12 0-0 8; Chase Audige 3-15 2-2 11; Julian Roper II 1-2 2-2 5; Ty Berry 3-6 4-4 11; Ryan Young 4-5 0-0 8; Ryan Greer 0-1 0-0 0; Elyjah Williams 2-3 1-3 5; Casey Simmons 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 9-11 60.

PENN STATE (12-13, 7-10 BIG TEN)

Seth Lundy 2-6 6-6 12; John Harrar 4-6 3-6 11; Myles Dread 2-8 0-0 6; Jalen Pickett 5-10 0-0 11; Dallion Johnson 5-9 0-1 15; Sam Sessoms 4-9 1-2 12; Jalanni White 0-1 0-0 0; Caleb Dorsey 0-2 0-0 0; Jaheam Cornwall 0-1 0-0 0; Jevonnie Scott 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-53 10-15 67.

Halftime: Northwestern 28-22. 3-point goals: Northwestern 7-22 (Audige 3-8, Nance 2-4, Roper II 1-2, Berry 1-3, Buie 0-2, Beran 0-3), PSU 13-33 (Johnson 5-9, Sessoms 3-5, Dread 2-8, Lundy 2-5, Pickett 1-3, Cornwall 0-1, Dorsey 0-2). Fouled out: Northwestern-none; PSU-none. Rebounds: Northwestern 29 (Beran 6, Young 6), PSU 45 (Harrar 20). Assists: Northwestern 15 (Buie 7), PSU 12 (Pickett 6). Technical fouls: Northwestern-none; PSU-none. Total fouls: Northwestern 18, PSU 16. A: 10,280.

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