February 25, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Tim Frazier (23) battles for a rebound with Northwestern Wildcats player John Shurna (24) at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State Vs. Northwestern: Nittany Lions Dropped Late By Wildcats, 67-66

Penn State's latest loss was a tough one to swallow.

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Penn State Vs. Northwestern: Nittany Lions Nipped By Wildcats, 67-66

Penn State had lost 16 games in 2011-2012 entering Saturday night's matchup against Northwestern at the Bryce Jordan Center, but the latest one, a 66-67 defeat at the hands of the Wildcats, might be the toughest to swallow yet this season.

The Nittany Lions (12-17, 4-12 Big Ten) rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to take a one-point lead down to 2.6 seconds remaining in regulation. After Jonathan Graham missed a pair of free throws at the offensive end with 14.1 to play, however, he fouled to put Northwestern's John Shurna on the line. The senior hit both attempts and a late heave by Penn State's Tim Frazier fell short, sending the Lions down hard-luck losers.

The Wildcats (17-11, 7-9 Big Ten) were outshot 50.9 percent to 44.0 percent and pounded 37-22 on the glass by their opponents, but were a staggering 15-29 (51.7 percent) from 3-point territory, enough to keep them in position to prevail until the end.

The win keeps Northwestern's dwindling NCAA Tournament hopes alive, and coach Bill Carmody was thankful to escape Happy Valley with a win after the game.

"We had to get this game," Carmody said. "You've got Ohio State at home, which is tough a Iowa way, which is tough, so you've got to win a few games here to be more than just around the periphery of this discussion, I think."

Frazier and Shurna each had a game-high 23 points to lead their respective teams. Frazier also put up nine assists while Shurna had six dishes and two rebounds.

Frazier was aided by Graham and Ross Travis, who had 10 points each on the night, while Shurna got help from Drew Crawford and Alex Marcotullio, who had 13 and 12 points respectively.

Penn State will now head back to the road (where it hasn't won on the road yet this conference season) to face Purdue on Wednesday. And though his team's postseason hopes are essentially crushed at this point, coach Patrick Chambers hopes his team can carry over the good things from its loss against the Wildcats down the home stretch.

"I'm proud of the way the team fought and competed," Chambers said. "And we knew Northwestern was a desperate team and they have a lot of stake, but we believe we're playing for something too. We're playing for Penn State pride."

For full analysis and reaction from this game, be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh on Sunday morning.


Penn State Vs. Northwestern: Nittany Lions Trail 34-28 At The Half

Penn State jumped out to an early eight-point lead in the first half against Northwestern on Saturday night at the Bryce Jordan Center, but some stagnant halfcourt offense toward the end of the period led to a 34-28 deficit as the teams headed to the break.

Tim Frazier, who made good use of the fast break early on, led the Nittany Lions (12-16, 4-11 Big Ten) with eight points in the half. Jonathan Graham and Cammeron Woodyard got off to good starts offensively as well, contributing six and five points, respectively.

The Wildcats (16-11, 6-9 Big Ten) were led by the scoring trio of Dave Sobolewski, John Shurna and Drew Craford. Sobolewski, who scored 20 points the first time these two teams met but is just a 9.3 points per game scorer, had eight points in the half while Shurna and Crawford had seven points each.

For a full recap and reaction from coaches and players after the game, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.


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