D.J. Newbill scored 12 points, and Penn State's zone defense stifled host Northwestern in the Nittany Lions' 59-32 rout Thursday.
Penn State's 2-3 zone defense frustrated Northwestern the entire game. Northwestern shot 23.3 percent from the field and went 3 of 22 behind the arc, finishing with their lowest point total and 3-point percentage of the season.
Balanced scoring helped the Nittany Lions (15-15, 6-11 Big Ten) pick apart Northwestern's defense. Tim Frazier and Brandon Taylor, each of whom scored 11 points, were two of eight different players to score for Penn State.
It didn't help that the Wildcats' two best shooters, Drew Crawford and Tre Demps, shot a combined 3 of 19 for 11 points. By halftime, Penn State built a 17-point lead, and Northwestern never threatened during the second half. Alex Olah led the Wildcats (12-18, 5-12) with 14 points.
No. 22 Michigan St. 86, No. 24 Iowa 76: Branden Dawson (Lew Wallace) had eight points, seven rebounds, five steals, three blocks and two assists to lead the Spartans (23-7, 12-5 Big Ten) past the Hawkeyes (20-10, 9-8).
Butler 79, DePaul 46: Alex Barlow scored a career-high 19 points to lead Butler to a victory over DePaul.
Khyle Marshall added 18 points for Butler (13-16, 3-14 Big East) as the Bulldogs put an end to a season-high seven-game losing streak.
Young led DePaul (11-20, 3-15) with 24 points. The Blue Demons will end the Big East regular season with at least a share of last place for the sixth straight season.
DePaul finished 1 of 18 from 3-point range. Despite a game featuring the bottom two teams of the Big East, Butler dominated DePaul in every aspect. The Bulldogs opened the game with an 18-4 lead. Barlow scored eight points in the span and Marshall drove the lane for two uncontested dunks.
Butler outrebounded DePaul 46-29 for the game.
DePaul was held to a season-low scoring output in losing by its largest margin this season.
Evansville 69, Drake 61: Egidijus Mockevicius tied a career-high with 19 points, had a career-best eight blocks and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 9 seed Evansville defeated eighth-seeded Drake in the opening round of the Missouri Valley tournament.
D.J. Balentine added 30 points for Evansville (14-18) which faces top-seeded Wichita State in the quarterfinals today.
Jordan Daniels scored to give Drake (15-16) a 21-19 lead with 8:10 to play in the first half. Evansville answered with a 14-0 run, including six points by Balentine, to take a 33-21 lead and the Purple Aces led the rest of the way.
Loyola 74, Bradley 72: Milton Doyle's 3-pointer with 1 second to play lifted Loyola over Bradley for a first-round Missouri Valley Conference tournament win.
The No. 10 seeded Ramblers (10-21), an MVC newcomer, advance to play No. 2 seeded Indiana State (21-9) today. The win snaps a six-game losing streak for Loyola.
Loyola led 43-35 at halftime, and went up by 11 in the second on a layup by Christian Thomas at 7:38. But No. 7 seeded Bradley rallied, and Walt Lemon cut the lead to 62-60 with a dunk, and hit two free throws with 5 seconds to play to put Bradley up 72-71. Doyle got the inbounds pass and made his game-winner with 1 second to go.
Doyle finished with 19, Jeff White and Devon Turk had 14 apiece, and Thomas had 12.
Tyshon Pickett had 25 for Bradley (12-20), Lemon 24 and Omari Grier 12.
Idaho 79, Chicago State 76: Connor Hill paced Idaho with 27 points and hit two key free throws with seconds remaining in helping Idaho (13-17, 6-9 Western Athletic Conference) edge Chicago State.
Matt Ross led Chicago State (12-18, 7-8) with 25 points and eight rebounds.