D.J. Newbill, Tim Frazier and Brandon Taylor combined for 52 points as Penn State defeated Purdue 79-68 on Sunday for its third straight victory.
The Nittany Lions (12-10, 3-6 Big Ten) got 19 points from Newbill, 18 from Frazier and 15 from Taylor.
Taylor scored nine points down the stretch, enough to keep Purdue at arm’s length.
Penn State committed some late turnovers that allowed the Boilermakers to remain in the hunt but went 11-for-13 from the free throw line in the final 1:07. Purdue missed shots underneath the basket and was forced to foul.
Purdue (13-9, 3-6), which has lost four straight games since defeating Penn State 65-64 on Jan. 18, was paced by 18 points from A.J. Hammons and 12 from Ronnie Johnson.
Penn State, which started conference play with a six-game losing streak, recorded its first three-game conference winning streak since the 2008-09 season.
Taylor also pulled down eight rebounds and Frazier had seven. Penn State led the rebounding 40-36.
The Boilermakers pulled to within 34-29 at the half, then started the second half by drawing the third foul each of Penn State’s Frazier, Taylor and Donovon Jack.
But the Lions’ balanced scoring continued as John Johnson sank a pair of free throws, Taylor popped a long 3-pointer, and Frazier completed a coast-to-coast drive for a 10-point advantage at 51-41.
Purdue’s Hammons and Errick Peck answered with eight straight points to pull within two, but Penn State recovered when Frazier sank two foul shots, Newbill drove uncontested for a layup, and Johnson scored on a nifty reverse layup to restore an eight-point lead.
Penn State used a 21-4 run in the first half to rally from a 14-7 deficit to a 28-18 lead.
No. 12 Penn State 79, Northwestern 75: Maggie Lucas scored 19 points and Ariel Edwards added 15 as Penn State held off host Northwestern.
Dara Taylor, Peyton Whitted and Talia East each scored 11 for the Lady Lions (17-4, 8-1 Big Ten).
Maggie Lyon’s 3-pointer with 58 seconds to play pulled Northwestern to within 74-73. Lauren Douglas fouled Edwards with 43 seconds to go, and Edwards made both for a 76-73 Penn State lead. Ashley Deary and Alex Cohen each made a free throw for Northwestern, but Kaliyah Mitchell sealed the Penn State win with two free throws with two seconds left.
Northwestern led 11-8 on a 3-pointer by Cohen, but East’s layup put Penn State up 12-11, and the Lady Lions led 44-31 at halftime.
Lyon led Northwestern (14-8, 4-5) with 26 points, Cohen had 18, Douglas 15 and Christen Inman 11.