Northwestern hit its first six shots of the Big Ten season. The Wildcats didn’t slow down much against Penn State on Tuesday afternoon.
Northwestern shot 55.9 percent from the field in the first half and held on for an 87-77 win on the road at Penn State. Scottie Lindsey scored a game-best 31 points as Chris Collins’ team improved to 12-2 on the season.
Lindsey went 9 of 14 from the floor and hit 5 of his 8 3-point attempts while scoring a career high. None was more notable than a two-handed slam he threw down while drawing a foul in the first half.
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Vic Law also had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats, who are hoping to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history this season.
Northwestern used a 12-0 run to go up 25-9 in the first 10 minutes, and the team led by as many as 24 points during the game. However, Penn State (8-6, 0-1 Big Ten) went on a late run to tighten the score.
Sophomore wing Josh Reaves had a career-best 22 points to lead the Nittany Lions.