By The Associated Press
D.J. Newbill scored 16 points to lead Penn State past Nebraska 58-54 Thursday night at State College, Pa., for its first Big Ten Conference win.
John Johnson scored 13 for the Nittany Lions (10-10, 1-6), and Brandon Taylor and Tim Frazier each had 11.
Terran Petteway paced the Cornhuskers (9-9, 1-5) with 15, and Ray Gallegos added 10.
Nebraska led 29-22 at halftime, but Penn State grabbed a 47-45 lead with 4:19 left in the second when Newbill scored on a driving layup.
The Huskers replied with a trey by Shavon Shields, but Taylor made a free throw, and Donovan Jack made a putback to pull Penn State within 51-50.
Penn State’s full-court press forced a turnover, with Frazier diving for the loose ball, then passing it from the sitting position to Newbill, who threw down a thunderous dunk and was fouled. He made the free throw, and Penn State never trailed again.
Chicago State 71, Cal State Bakersfield 63: Clarke Rosenberg scored 21 points as Chicago State stole a win in Bakersfield, Calif.
The Cougars collected 13 steals and forced 14 turnovers. Erik Kinney made a pair of free throws to cut the Chicago State lead to four at 56-52 with 3:34 to play, but Johnny Griffin and Corey Gray each responded with a pair of free throws.
Rosenberg added a layup and a jumper to push the lead back to 10 points, 64-54, with under 2 minutes to play.
Chicago State (9-10, 4-1 WAC) got 14 points each from Dixon High School and Sauk Valley Community College alum Matt Ross and Quinton Pippen, as the team shot 23 of 53 from the field (43.4 percent).
Issiah Grayson was 10 of 14 from the field for 28 points to lead Bakersfield (8-11, 1-4).
W. Illinois 79, South Dakota 61: Garret Covington scored 21 points to lead hot-shooting Western Illinois to a win over South Dakota in Macomb, giving Jim Molinari his 300th win as a head coach.
The Leathernecks (8-11, 2-2 Summit) hit 7 of 10 3-pointers on the way to a 62 percent shooting night, and made 16 of 18 free throws. Jabari Sandifer had 13 points, and Michael Ochereobia and Tate Stensgaard added 10 apiece.
Tyler Flack led the Coyotes (8-10, 3-1), which shot just 38.5 percent, with 11 points. Brandon Bos and Adam Thoseby had 10 each.
Western Illinois out-rebounded South Dakota by 15, limiting the Coyotes to 19 boards.
The Leathernecks were leading 15-14, 12 minutes into the game, but then went on an 11-0 run. Jordan Foster started it with a 3 and ended it with a layup. In between, Covington knocked down two consecutive 3s.
It was 33-21 at the break.
Tenn.-Martin 84, E. Illinois 77: The Panthers led 37-34 at the half, but were outscored 50-40 in the second half at Martin, Tenn.
Chris Olivier led EIU (6-13, 3-5 Ohio Valley) with 20 points. Sherman Blanford had a double-double, with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Mike Liabo scored 20 points to pace the Skyhawks (7-15, 2-5).
SE Missouri St. 82, SIU-Edwardsville 78:The Cougars trailed 50-35 at the half, but gave the Redhawks a scare in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Rozell Nunn scored a team-high 15 points for SIU-Edwardsville (6-14, 3-5 Ohio Valley).
Jarekious Bradley led Southeast Missouri State (11-9, 3-4) with 18 points.