EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Miller Kopp scored 21 points, and struggling Northwestern beat No. 20 Penn State 80-69 on Saturday.
Penn State (21-10, 11-9) came in looking to head into the Big Ten Tournament on a winning note, only to stumble against one of the worst teams in the conference and lose for the fifth time in six games. Northwestern (8-22, 3-17) beat a ranked team for the first time since knocking off No. 20 Michigan on Feb. 6, 2018.READ MORE: Man Involved In High-Speed Police Chase In Penn Hills Wanted After Walking Out Of UPMC Mercy Hospital
The Wildcats went on a 17-2 run down the stretch to bump their lead to 16 and came away with the win after losing 13 of 14. They moved a half-game ahead of last-place Nebraska.
Kopp made five 3-pointers. Boo Buie scored 13 points, and Northwestern regrouped after blowing an early 14-point lead.
Lamar Stevens continued to close in on Penn State’s all-time scoring record, finishing with 18 points. That gave him 2,207 in four seasons, six shy of the mark set by Talor Battle from 2007-11.
Myles Dread scored 14, nailing four 3s. But the Nittany Lions got knocked off again after losing to Iowa and Michigan State.
Northwestern led 55-54 midway through the second half when Buie converted a three-point play to start the decisive run. Kopp hit two 3-pointers during that stretch, including one from the corner that drew loud cheers from the crowd. Buie then hit one of his own to make it 72-56 with five minutes remaining.
Penn State missed its first eight shots and trailed by as many as 14 in the first half before turning things around.READ MORE: 'I Don’t Know If You Overcome It': Caitlyn Kaufman's Mother Recalls Losing Her Daughter In Nashville Road Rage Shooting
The Nittany Lions tied it at 32 with 1:31 remaining on Stevens’ hook shot. Two free throws by John Harrar with just under a minute left gave them their first lead of the game, before Northwestern’s Ryan Young hit two of his own with 15 seconds remaining.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions head into the conference tournament reeling after losing to a team that was tied for last in the Big Ten.
Northwestern: The Wildcats haven’t had much to celebrate in the three years since their lone NCAA Tournament appearance.
Penn State: Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
Northwestern: Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.MORE NEWS: FDA Authorizes Pfizer's Coronavirus Vaccine For Children 12 To 15 Years Old
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