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Purdue falls to Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – D.J. Newbill, Tim Frazier and Brandon Taylor combined for 52 points as Penn State defeated Purdue 79-68 on Sunday for its third straight victory.

The Nittany Lions (12-10, 3-6 Big Ten) got 19 points from Newbill, 18 from Frazier and 15 from Taylor.

Taylor scored nine points down the stretch, enough to keep Purdue at arm’s length.

Despite committing some late turnovers that allowed the Boilermakers to remain in the hunt, Penn State went 11 for 13 from the free-throw line in the final 1:07.

The Boilermakers missed shots underneath the basket and were forced to foul.

Purdue (13-9, 3-6), which has lost four straight games since defeating Penn State 65-64 on Jan. 18, was paced by 18 points from A.J. Hammons and 12 from Ronnie Johnson.

Penn State, which started conference play with a six-game losing streak, recorded its first three-game conference winning streak since the 2008-09 season.

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