Penn State defeats Northwestern 71-62

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Taylor scored 19 points and Donovon Jack had 14 as Penn State beat Northwestern 71-62 on Saturday night.

Payton Banks added 10 for the Nittany Lions, who shot 9-for-21 from 3-point range.

Tre Demps had 22 points and Bryant McIntosh and Dererk Pardon added 12 apiece for Northwestern. The Wildcats shot 39 percent from the field and saw their postseason hopes take a hit with a loss to a team in the bottom half of the Big Ten standings. Northwestern (15-4) has never reached the NCAA tournament.

The Nittany Lions (11-8, 2-4) had lost four of five and were coming off losses to No. 4 Michigan State and No. 24 Purdue. Penn State entered the game shooting 29.6 percent on 3-pointers, last in the conference.

Northwestern had won two straight and 12 of 14.

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