STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Sporting Alert — Scottie Lindsey scored a career-high 31 points to lead Northwestern to an 87-77 victory over Penn State in Big Ten college basketball action on Tuesday.
The game was the Big Ten opener for both teams.
LINDSEY IMPROVED CAREER BEST
Lindsey, who shot 9 of 14 from the field and connected on 5 of his 8 shots from 3-point range, scored 17 of his total points in the first half. He also grabbed five rebounds in the win for Northwestern.
The junior guard was bettering his previous high of 26 points, set against New Orleans on Nov. 28, 2015.
Vic Law added 12 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out five assists, while Gavin Skelly also finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks for the Wildcats (12-2), who was winning for the ninth straight time.
Bryant McIntosh ended with 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds for Northwestern, which shot 44 percent from the field and 42 percent from long-range.
“The way we played in the first half was obviously the key to the game,” Wildcats coach Chris Collins said. “We got off to a great start.
“I thought we were really sharp running our offense, sharp on the defensive end, got ourselves a lead.”
REAVES LEADS THE WAY
Josh Reaves had 22 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks for Penn State.
Tony Carr finished with 15 points and seven boards and Lamar Stevens scored 12 points in the defeat for the Nittany Lions (8-6).
Northwestern led 51-32 at halftime but Penn State used a 20-7 run over the final 5:16 to bring some life inside the Bryce Jordan Center, although the host fell short of their target.
“They came out and punched us in the mouth,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.
Chambers also admitted that it was difficult to stop Lindsey.
“Man, he was on fire,” he said. “We put multiple people on him and he still found the bottom of the basket.”
The Wildcats have now won 19 successive games in the month of December, dating back to 2014, while Lindsey’s 31-point performance was the first by a Northwestern player since Tre Demps scored 30 at Iowa Jan. 31, 2016.
Northwestern returns to action on Friday when it travels to Michigan State.
Penn State goes to Rutgers on Sunday.