Micah Shrewsberry’s first Big Ten win was a big one.
His second might have been bigger.
On the road against an NCAA tournament hopeful, the Lions fought off a double-digit second-half deficit to come from behind and beat Northwestern, 74-70, three days after beating Indiana at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Seth Lundy (23) and Jalen Pickett (18) combined for more than half of Penn State’s scoring, with 15 of Lundy’s points coming in the second half.
The Nittany Lions (7-5, 2-2) ended the game on a 29-15 run.
Penn State trailed 34-29 at halftime. John Harrar and Jalen Pickett combined for 18 of Penn State’s 29 points with nine each, and Seth Lundy wasn’t far behind with eight.
The Lions got off to a rough start in the second half, falling behind by as many as 10. But Penn State fought back to tie the game on two occasions, and a four-point play by Lundy with 2:25 to play gave the Lions their first advantage of the half.
Lundy’s three with 36 seconds to play gave Penn State a 66-63 lead, and the Lions held that lead for the rest of the game.
For Northwestern (8-4, 1-2), Boo Buie led 22 points, while Pete Nance added 15 and Robbie Beran 11.
Penn State’s next game is at home against third-ranked Purdue Satruday. Tipoff is at noon.