For the first time since 2009, Penn State (12-10, 3-6 Big Ten) is on a roll during conference play. The Nittany Lions beat the Purdue Boilermakers 79-68 on Sunday for its third straight Big Ten victory, matching its longest streak in the last five seasons.
Against the Boilermakers, D.J. Newbill led all scorers with 19 points, Tim Frazier followed closely with 18 points and Brandon Taylor added 15. Taylor also led the Lions in rebounding, pulling down eight boards. Frazier recorded another complete game, dishing out five assists and grabbing five rebounds.
Penn State’s 79 points marked the highest scoring effort for the Nittany Lions in Big Ten action this season.
The Lions began the winning streak by halting a 6-game losing streak when they beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 58-54. D.J. Newbill again led the team with 16 points, but four other players posted double-figure scoring numbers in the victory.
After the Nebraska game, Penn State needed overtime to keep its win streak alive against the Ohio State Buckeyes. This time, Newbill hit a pull-up jumper over Aaron Craft with 2 seconds left in overtime, lifting Penn State to a 71-70 victory.
The Nittany Lions and Newbill will go for four straight on Wednesday against the Michigan State Spartans.