Penn State is cold early in loss to Northwestern

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Dave Sobolewski scored 18 points and Jared Swopshire added 17 as Northwestern handled cold-shooting Penn State with ease in a 70-54 Big Ten Conference victory Thursday night at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.

The Wildcats (10-6, 1-2) used a 25-4 run over an 11-minute span to lead by as many as 17 points, 33-16, in the first half. Penn State didn't score a basket for nearly seven minutes in that span.

Northwestern shooters maintained their touch after the break, as the Wildcats made 5 of 10 from 3-point range in the second half. Freshman Kale Abrahamson matched his season-high with three 3s in the game.

Penn State (8-7, 0-3) struggled all game to find a rhythm offensively. The Nittany Lions, who were led by 20 points from guard D.J. Newbill, shot just 31.6 percent (18 of 57) from the floor and were just 3 of 15 beyond the arc.

Other district men

• Robert Morris 88, Fairleigh Dickinson 54: Coron Williams had a game-high 27 points, Velton Jones had a career-high 11 assists and Russell Johnson added 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Colonials (9-7, 1-2 NEC) defeated the Knights (6-9, 1-2), snapping a three-game losing streak.

Top 25 men

• Michigan State 62, Iowa 59: Branden Dawson scored a career-high 17 points, including a late steal and tiebreaking dunk that helped the No. 22 Spartans (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) hold off the Hawkeyes (11-5, 0-3). Gary Harris had 14 points for Michigan State, which hung on late for its eighth win in nine games. Zach McCabe led Iowa with 15 points and fellow reserve Melsahn Basabe added 14.

Top 25 women

• Kentucky 65, Texas A&M 62: A'dia Mathies scored 23 points and the No. 6 Wildcats (15-1, 3-0 SEC) overcame a sluggish first half to rally past the No. 20 Aggies (12-5, 2-1). Jennifer O'Neill added 15 points as Kentucky extended school-record winning streaks of 14 games overall and 31 in a row at home.

• Duke 82, Clemson 45: Elizabeth Williams scored 21 points to help the No. 4 Blue Devils (14-0, 4-0 ACC) beat the Tigers (4-11, 0-4). Tricia Liston and Haley Peters added 14 points each for Duke, which shot 58 percent from the floor and never trailed en route to its 32nd consecutive home victory against conference competition.

• Maryland 84, Miami 62: Freshman Chloe Pavlech scored a season-high 20, Tiana Hawkins had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the No. 10 Terrapins (12-3, 3-1 ACC) pulled away to a victory against the No. 24 Hurricanes (12-3, 3-1), ending the Miami's five-game winning streak.

• South Carolina 64, Vanderbilt 48: Aleighsa Welch scored 13 points, Ieasia Walker added 12 and the No. 18 Gamecocks (14-2, 2-1 SEC) played their usual fierce defense to defeat the Commodores (12-4, 2-1). South Carolina, ranked third in Division I in scoring defense at 47.4 points per game, held an opponent below 50 for the 12th time in 16 games.

• North Carolina 70, North Carolina State 66: Brittany Rountree scored 17 points, including two free throws with 12.5 seconds left, to help the No. 11 Tar Heels (16-1, 4-0 ACC) beat the Wolfpack (8-8, 0-4). Waltiea Rolle added 16 points for North Carolina, which rallied from 10 down early in the second half to beat North Carolina State for the 22nd time in 26 meetings.

• Wake Forest 80, Florida State 72: Lakevia Boykin scored a career-high 34 points as the Demon Deacons (9-6, 2-1 ACC) used a second-half surge to upset the No. 18 Seminoles (12-3, 2-2). Dearica Hamby added 23 points and Chelsea Douglas 14 for Wake Forest, which led by 11 with 7:01 left before the Seminoles closed to 69-67 with 2:56 remaining.

• Tennessee 84, Missouri 39: Meighan Simmons scored 18 points and the No. 9 Volunteers (12-3, 3-0 SEC) relied on suffocating defense to trounce the Tigers (12-5, 1-2) for their fifth consecutive victory. Bashaara Graves added 16 points and eight rebounds for Tennessee. Isabelle Harrison had 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and Taber Spani scored 11 points.

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